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How to Make Your Fixer-Upper into a Fabulous Family Home

That old fixer-upper may have been a great deal, but it has a long way to go. Renovating with the family is a little bit more of a challenge. Here are some ways that you can make your fixer-upper into the perfect family home.

Extra Storage is a Good Thing

Not having enough storage space is a problem for a lot of homes. There are ways that you can renovate to help solve this problem. Turn useless nooks of your home into a storage system. Built-in bookshelves will get all of those kid toys off of the floor. Consider using a larger cubby style space on the bottom. This will allow you to store toys in a bin that is easy to transport into a play area. Add doors to your shelves so that you can hide some of your clutter.

Create Functional Spaces

Take a look at the way that you plan to use the space when it’s completed. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, companies, like RWC, know that you may want to consider an open concept with a large island that connects into the living area. This will allow you to keep an eye on the kids while you’re preparing meals. It will also give the kids space to complete their homework under your supervision. Another thing to consider is creating a space just for the kids. This can provide you with some much needed adult time.

Choose Durable Finishes

The type of finishes that you select in your remodel all have pros and cons. Choosing quality types of finishes will serve you better in the long run. This is because they’re designed to last through some of the more destructive phases of childhood. Hardwood floors and engineered hardwoods are popular because you have the option of refinishing them if needed.

Think Safety First

Stairs are one of the more problematic areas in a family home. Open-backed stairs may not be the right decision if you have young children. The spacing between the handrail slats is another thing that you want to consider. You don’t want your kids to get their heads stuck between the rails. Electrical outlets are an important part for your focus on safety. Installing the tamperproof variety can eliminate the need to insert those plug-in safety guards.

Creating the perfect family home takes a little bit of planning on your part. Think about how your renovation will stand up to the test of time before embarking on the project.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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