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5 Home Features To Look For When Starting A Family

Jul 29 2018

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Starting a family is an exciting moment in your life - and so is buying a new home. Here are five essential features to look for when welcoming the new addition(s) to your family.

1. Size Matters

Size is one of the most important considerations when buying a home. A family of four will always require more space than a family of two. Of the most important certainly has to be the kitchen. As the "heart of the home", the kitchen is where you'll be spending countless hours with your family whether you’re eating dinner together, grabbing a quick bowl of cereal in the morning, or helping your children with their homework.

Just as important to consider is a home with a large living room and an extra bonus room. Children like to run around, spread their toys out, and turn whatever room they're in into their play area. Even if you don’t designate a room specifically for your child, an extra room can be an adult sanctuary away from all the pandemonium happening in your household.

Looking for a Maple Crest home with plenty of rooms? Check out the Kennedyfrom Bedrock Homes.

2. Outdoor Living

Outdoor living takes on a new meaning when it comes to family homes. If there’s one thing most of us remember from being a kid, it's the time that we spent outdoors. Whether it’s close proximity to parks or having an adequate sized backyard, having some outdoor space is exactly the kind of thing your kids will crave.

Having the right amount of green space gives kids a natural and safe environment in which they can explore and let their imagination run wild; unlike when they're stuck indoors. Be sure to take into account the addition of a fenced yard. Knowing there's a barrier that is keeping your little rug rat safe will make it easier on your daily life.

3. Location, Location, Location

The location of your home and the neighbourhood its located in is just as much as part of creating your home as the home itself. As opposed to a home, you have limited control as to what happens in a neighbourhood and its surrounding area. You can change the look and size of the house, but you can't change the location of the house.

What's important to remember is that your kids will grow up within the neighbourhood you choose, shaping their personality, education, and personal well-being. Here are some important features to look out for when choosing a neighbourhood:

  • Walkability
  • Nearby schools
  • Number of shopping centers / retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Recreation facility
  • Public Transportation Accessibility

When you choose to live in Maple Crest, you'll have every essential amenity right at your fingertips!

4. Kid-Friendly Kitchen

Kids LOVE eating.. But they also love making messes while they eat. Think about which kinds of surfaces (floor and countertops) would be the most beneficial to you in the long run. Surfaces that are scratch resistant and easier to clean are essential when you're trying to feed those restless kids.

However, keep in mind that hard surfaces are also dangerous to tiny heads.

Consider installing magnetic locks on your lower cabinets and drawers to keep those curious critters away from dangerous kitchen appliances. You may also want to consider keeping the kitchen open to the dining and living room area so you can keep an eye on the kids while you're cooking.

5. Room For Growth

Whether you're thinking of expanding your family or giving your current one more space, it's important to think about the future of your home. Consider how long you are planning to live in the home and whether or not you're planning to renovate or expand. As your children get older, they may want to relocate rooms, or maybe even want a bathroom of their own. Having extra rooms or a finished basement can solve this problem fairly easily. If you factor this in ahead of time, you'll be able to get the most out of your home for many years to come.