Guest blogger: Brooke Balco, Communications Specialist
School is out for summer and that can mean only one thing to parents-more time at home with the kids! It’s the perfect time to get started on long overdue home projects that will take summer fun to a whole new level for the little ones in your life. And, believe it or not, adding kid-centric features can actually be an asset to your home when entering the real estate market.
“Many young couples or first time homebuyers keep children top of mind while searching for their perfect home to suit their growing family,” said Fran Broude, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “They want a home that they can put their personal stamp on and that has functional and unique spaces that will accommodate their lifestyle.”
One way to get creative, yet functional in your home is by creating a magical place for your kids where they can be creative and let their imaginations go wild.
If finding extra indoor space in an obstacle, then why not look to the outdoors where options for a back yard “home away from home” are endless. Whether it be a tree house, a whimsical play house, water park or jungle gym, this is the perfect way to keep the kids busy playing for hours on end. If well maintained, a tree house can be used generation after generation in the family and create unforgettable childhood memories for your future grandchildren to come.
Have you been thinking about finishing your basement for years, but never got around to it? Converting your basement or attic in to a massive play room is an easy and functional fix for extra play space, while adding value to your home at the same time. Having everything compiled in one place with strategic storage friendly décor will promote organization and keep the rest of the house looking tidy. Try adding plush storage ottomans and benches or a beautiful antique chest that can hold toys and games. There are also great stylish and durable flooring options to help upkeep the area, like modular carpet squares that are easy to remove and clean or even replace if necessary, but still look fresh and modern.
Another option is to transform your child’s bedroom with affordable decorating ideas that will complement their personality. Start by including your child in the planning process, choose a theme, and then incorporate their favorite colors and hobbies so that they feel cozy and comfortable in their new dreamy abode. Sprucing up the walls is a good starting point and can change the entire feel of the room by adding pops of bright color, adding a custom painted mural or maximizing space by hanging shelves or even a chalk board for something fun and different. A great way to remain budget friendly and personalize the space is to frame your child’s artwork to hang on the walls.
When a new home décor project gets under way, the key thing to remember is that it should be tailored to work specifically for you and your family’s needs. Keep it fun, functional, and personalized.