Remodeling with Children in Mind

samtheguestblogger By samtheguestblogger, 18th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/xni42h9t/
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Oftentimes remodeling comes as a precursor to childbirth. Sometimes remodels are used to make room for the new family addition, and other times to create a more kid-friendly environment. If you’re considering remodeling to introduce a new baby into the household or simply adjust to a growing child, there are a few things to keep in mind, especially if you are on a tight budget.

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Keep Up with Changes
As a baby gets older and grows, they will be going from being fairly immobile, to scooting around, to crawling, and then walking and running. If you still have every one of these stages ahead of you, you’ll want to think about what they will be doing at what stages and try to stay ahead of them to the best of your ability. This means going to the extent of getting down on the floor and looking from a crawling baby’s perspective to make sure that you have hopefully got your remodeling and child proofing done before the baby makes his or her first attempt at crawling around and exploring.
Safety
If you have decided to remodel after your baby or toddler is on the move, you will want to make sure that lower cupboards have been affixed with hardware that can lock, and sharp edges have been left out of the plan. Bathroom remodeling comes with added considerations. Ensure that you have a tub and sink with overflow drains, outlets are high away from water sources, and that all knobs and fixtures are within reach of smaller hands.
Design
Stairs are also a consideration, as well as flooring. Carpeting can be great for helping cut down on bumps and bruises, but hardy flooring such as Pergo can keep your home relatively damage-free. If you’re building a new room or just adjusting a current one, consider building in custom bunk beds or study nooks. If you know you’ll be introducing more children in the future, consider their needs so that you don’t have to re-address your household architecture once again. Keep areas of interest for the little ones. Consider building in bookshelves and staging areas for books, stuffed animals, and games.
If you are working on a bathroom or kitchen remodel you might look into counter height changes and see if you can lower part of the counter for small children who are learning to be independent and do things like brush teeth, help with baking, or play with arts and crafts.
Remodeling gives you a great opportunity to design for your children. Built-in beds, sturdy flooring, safety features, and nooks and crannies can all help your children grow into your home safely and happily.

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