Family Fluctuations: How to Adapt to a Growing House

Family Fluctuations: How to Adapt to a Growing House
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    The addition of family members to your household is often a joyous occasion. This can mean a baby has been born, or a child adopted, or even an older relative moving in.

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Whatever your situation, the addition of more people means that you may be asking more from the square footage of your home. If you are creative, there are ways to make the space you have work for your new family.

Room Share

One of the easiest and most common remedies for space issues is to have siblings bunk up and share a room. This usually works best if the siblings are close in age. Their sleep needs will be similar, and hopefully they’ll be able to get along a little better. If space is limited in the shared room, bunk beds are an option. You can also use a loft, or just get creative with storage and furniture placement. Over-the-door storage, shelves, and closet space savers are all good solutions. If a new baby is born, they will often room-in with their parents for a while, so this gives some time to think about adjusting room situations after the baby’s crib is moved from the parent’s room.

Privacy

When space is at a premium, privacy can become an issue. According to a Canadian Comfort company, Ottawa doors can be added in the most unusual places if you really need to separate big rooms. A heavy curtain, sliding bookcase, or privacy screen can work as a door in most situations. In fact, the addition of a sliding barn door can be a fashionable addition to a den or office that has been converted into an additional bedroom.

Find Space

Any underused area of your home should be considered fair game when trying to find space to house your family. Basement rooms, space above the garage, or craft rooms, dens, and offices can all be converted into living spaces. Adding a coat of paint, curtains, and a wardrobe or chest of draws can transform an area into the new room everyone in the house wants. Just be sure the room has a window or some alternative exit in case of fire.

When a family expands, it is important that everyone feels like they belong, and that each member has their own space. There is nothing worse than having no privacy, or space to relax. Some solutions may work better for your family than others. If you are creative and everyone is understanding, there should be no problem making your existing house work for your family fluctuations.

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