If You Could Start Afresh, What Would You Include In Your Ideal Family Home?

Sometimes, it’s nice to consider “what if” questions. They are a good way of thinking about what you want from life. But they are also a good question for families to ask too, especially when it comes to their family home. 

For instance for your ideal family home you might ask: 

  • What if my garden was bigger?
  • What if my house had more bedrooms? 
  • What if I had a separate utility room for the laundry? 
  • What if I built a cellar for storage? 
  • What if we converted the loft into a games room?
  • What if we built a new conservatory or outbuilding? 

If we are honest, most of us would like to get more from our family home. They serve a useful function. But when you have a family, you always seem to need more space. 

In this post, we take a look at some of the home features families want. As you read it, imagine that you are starting afresh and that you have no limits on what you can include. 

An Arbour

An arbour might not sound like a big addition to a home, but it can change how you see your garden. It provides much-needed shelter from both the rain and sun, allowing you to spend more time in the open air. 

A Pool

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Families benefit from pools tremendously. They provide a fun activity to enjoy on hot summer’s days. And they help to keep everyone fit and active. 

If you go to a home builder, they will often ask you if you want to include a pool in your plans. Having space to swim outdoors has almost become a standard feature of luxury homes. 

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A Workshop

Many suburban homes have garages. But relatively few of them double up as workshops. And that’s a problem. Often you need space for crafts, servicing vehicles and DIY projects. 

Workshops tend to have plenty of cabinet space for storing all your equipment. They also have high-quality flooring solutions that protect the concrete below. 

An Observatory

If you travel around stately homes in England, you’ll find that many of them have observatories. These are great for parents and children alike. You don’t have to create anything fancy. Just positioning a telescope under a skylight can provide you with beautiful views of the universe. 

A Playroom

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If you have kids, you know that their toys can generate a lot of mess. Unfortunately, most families have no choice but to put up with it. The only spaces for kids to play are their bedrooms and the living room. 

But if you had a playroom, you could change all that. You could keep all the toys in one place, making it easier to tidy up afterwards. 

Many families build extensions that contain playrooms. You could simply extend along the back of your home to make extra room. 

A Designer Kitchen

Lastly, you might think about getting a designer kitchen for your family. This way, you could easily whip up gourmet meals at the weekend and entertain guests. Furthermore, you wouldn’t have limited space as you are in many kitchens. 

It’s your ideal family home, so you can dream it up any way you like to. Go on, give it go!


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