Once you’ve narrowed your search to safe neighborhoods in good school districts, these features will make it possible to design a dream home that’s also family-friendly.
Choose Kid-Friendly Flooring
When they’re infants, you’re not going to have much time for running the vacuum and mop. Then they’ll be toddlers and you won’t believe the amount of mess they can generate. For years they just get bigger and seemingly grungier. You need flooring that’s equal to the task. Anticipate problems like the following:
- Water everywhere when they come in from the sprinkler or the rain
- Gritty dirt and small pebbles on shoes and boots
- Stains from beverages, sticky sucker sticks and whatever the brushed up against on the way home
- Food debris because even though you prohibited it, they smuggled snacks to their room and forgot them in hidden places
- Gouges in soft flooring from when they led your Great Dane on a romp around the house
Install hard surfaces in common areas to protect high traffic zones. Ceramic tile is almost indestructible. Vinyl can mimic the look of stone or wood, and it’s moisture-proof and impact-resistant.
Make Bathrooms Kid-Proof
You want your kids to brush their teeth twice a day, but even though you constantly remind them, somehow there’s always toothpaste everywhere. And why knows why can’t they keep soapy water in the sink and the tub, but it seems like more ends up on the walls and the floor. There are a few things you can do to help.
Use ceramic tile everywhere you can. Tile the walls too, not just the floor.
Realize when little ones struggle to reach, they can’t aim. Give them a stepstool for the sink and anything else they’re having trouble reaching.
Design for accessible storage. Make it easy for kids to put dirty laundry on the hamper. Install towel hooks where they can reach. Provide a place to stow bath toys when not in use.
Think Soft and Round
Kid-friendly surfaces don’t have hard edges. They’ll find more ways to damage themselves than you would have dreamed possible, so limit the possibilities when they’re home.
Choose solid furniture with rounded edges instead of square corners. Upholstered is even better. For example, substitute a big round ottoman for a coffee table, and you have a room that’s both stylish and safe. Ask for rounded corners on countertops as part of your home design so even hard surfaces are more child-safe.
The more individuals in your household, the more stuff they’re going to have. Thoughtful storage can make the difference between a home that’s cluttered and one that always stays neat.
WestWind Homes come with open storage you can configure to meet your family’s needs. Our design experts can help you design and plan storage spaces that fit your lifestyle. That way sports equipment, shoe collections, backpacks and hobby supplies don’t end up in a jumble or on the floor, each item has a place.
Another way to make storage easy-access is by using hooks. Hang hooks in the garage for outside toys and sports equipment. Put hooks in the laundry room for coats and hats. Hang hooks in closets for backpacks and robes.
Not all storage should be open. Some items just aren’t pretty, no matter how organized you are. WestWind Homes come with plenty of closet space, so you can stow life’s messes and seasonal items out of sight for a neat interior.
Kid-Friendly Homes Near Laredo Built For Making Memories
When your children are grown, it won’t matter whether your home looked like what you saw in magazines. You won’t care about the scuffs on the walls. You’ll laugh about the time you didn’t know your son brought home a snake until you found it a week later.
What you’ll remember is the precious times baking together in the kitchen, the first steps in the living room and the holidays gathered around the table. And they’ll remember the same.
WestWind Homes has been building kid-friendly homes near Laredo for more than 25 years. Get in touch to find yours today.