How to design a kid friendly home!

Kids destroy homes! So how do have a stylish space that caters to the kids as well?

The kitchen

  • Have a butler’s pantry, if you have the space, or a ‘butler’s cupboard’. This way, all the gear from the morning routine (toaster, bread, kettle, etc) can be easily packed away, leaving your space free of clutter.
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  • Natural stone and marble benchtops are too easy to stain so instead, consider a composite stone such as caesarstone, as they are virtually indestructible or a matt-finish laminate has a fingerprint proof, scratch-resistant finish too which is perfect for the kiddies.
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  • Grout can become a grime magnet on a tiled splash back. For an easier wipe-up, opt for a single-slab splash back in the same material as your bench.
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  • If you’re building from new, you’ll want your kitchen layout to enable the little tykes to run through, as they like to do, without tripping you up. So go with a walk-around island bench or a double-entry layout. Keeping the foot traffic in your kitchen flowing is key to functionality.
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  • Kids love a handle, and the best way to keep their grubby little paws away from your cabinetry is by installing push-to-open drawers and cupboards. At least it will take them a little longer to figure out how to get into every corner of the kitchen.
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  • A mid-mount wall oven is the safest option when toddlers are underfoot. It will not only save your aching back, but also may save a burnt little hand or two by keeping the hot stuff out of reach.
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The living area

  • Tp keep all those toys packed away try an ottoman or a sofa with hidden storage inside, or a few cupboards in the entertainment unit for all things Peppa Pig.
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  • Kids will destroy fabric sofas if you don't have a good scotch guard protection on the fabric so make sure to get your new sofa protected when you buy it and make sure it has a warranty. Or go for leather! 
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  • Kids’ heads seem to be a magnet for sharp corners or a solid edge, so choose furniture that will ‘soften the blow’ like a round coffee table.
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  • Mount your heavy TV on the wall and you’ll never have to worry about your kids pulling your expensive TV off a shelf.
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The bathrooms

  • A wet zone containing a shower and bath in one area and installing a fixed glass panel to separate it from the toilet/basin area will look so much better and will cater to a busier household.
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  • Use large tiles to reduce the amount of dirt-attracting grout or use dark grout as this will hide much more dirt and grime than a lighter grout. You could even take it a step further by committing to an epoxy grout (as opposed to the regular cement-based version). This resin-based grout is much hardier and will look better for much longer.
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Now you know what would be best to keep our home stylish but practical for your family call us for a quote and we'll be happy to give you the perfect family home.