April 26, 2017

There is no need to sacrifice form for function when designing a family-friendly home. If you are considering a custom built home, consider combining adult-friendly features with amenities that make raising a family easier. Finding the perfect mix is easy with the help of Partners in Building.

Understanding that “life happens,” especially when there are children involved, Partners in Building is prepared to design custom built homes that offer sensible solutions for those who want it all. Here are some of the family-friendly aspects that can be included in the design of a home.

The Command Center

Organization is key in a well-run household and the incorporation of a command center into the design of a home can help parents stay on top of their game. This small room or nook can be used as a meeting space, homework station or storage area for documents and supplies. Often located as part of or close to gathering spots like somewhere adjacent to the kitchen or by expanding the utility room. The command center is one trend that is really sticking. Partners in Building can incorporate a command center into the design of  custom built homes so that families can stay in control of their busy schedule.

Flexible Living Spaces

In family-friendly homes, rooms often have to pull double duty. Experienced home designers recommend building flexible rooms near the main living area that can easily serve as a play area, homework space or entertainment center. As much as parents would like for toys and books to always stay in kid’s bedrooms, that doesn’t necessarily happen. Having this extra space is perfect for families who need a place for overflow or who like to be ready for adult visitors at a moment’s notice.

Laundry Rooms and Mudrooms

Most parents would agree that kids can get dirty! Most houses are built with a laundry room or designated closet, but some are more family-friendly than others. The mudroom concept allows families to have a designated area to do laundry, drop backpacks and store those muddy boots and sports equipment. When Partners in Building incorporates a large laundry room or mudroom into the design of a Nashville home, it saves parents from the constant struggle of tidying messes in living rooms and kitchens.

Eat-in Kitchens

Formal dining rooms don’t always cut it, especially for families that are on the go. The kitchen serves as the center of many homes, and a family-friendly eating space can save time. Additional counter space or a second island can serve as a study area or prep surface. Design elements can also include space for families to eat meals together and entertain guests.

Planning for the Future

Once the nest is empty, many parents want a special place for their kids to stay, when they come back home. Whether it’s planning for a child to return home for a time after college, keeping some extra space ready for a grandchild or choosing multi-generational living, many families are designing homes with a second master suite or additional bedrooms included with their own bathrooms and sometimes separate outside access. Fully-functional areas can be included in the design of a home from the start, so that accommodating guests or long-term visitors is a breeze.

No matter what your preferences are, it’s a good idea to think about all of the family-friendly options that can be included in the design of your custom built home.