You love your home, and you love your children. But you don’t love the idea of your children messing up your home. Just because you are a parent, doesn’t mean you have to submit to everything that parenting entails- like toys all over the house. It’s ok to want a clean looking space. So how can you let your children play freely, while keeping your home free of trucks and blocks and dolls? Speak to some granny flat builders about creating a separate playroom for the kids in the form of a granny flat.
Not only will a granny flat allow your children a space of their own to play, it will give you peace of mind knowing that you won’t have to worry about tripping over toys, or cleaning them up every day. With a playroom, your kids can make as big of a mess as they want, and they won’t be interfering with the look of a nicely kept room.
Before you start building your granny flat, you do have a lot to consider. Most granny flats are designed with features to accommodate their dwellers.
So you need to think about kid-friendly elements when designing your granny flat. Consider the following:
- Would carpet or hardwood floors be better?
- Do you want bedrooms in your granny flat?
- Does your granny flat need a bathroom?
- Will you be able to see into the granny flat from your main home?
If your children are older, you might want to include things like a bathroom, or bedrooms, so they can each have their own space within the granny flat. If your children are younger, you might feel more comfortable having carpet as the flooring. You also need to decide just how much space they need. Do you want a smaller square footage or something big and spacious? You can really make this playroom special. You want it to be somewhere that the kids enjoy going, and a space that they can grow with.
Additionally, it is good to think about how you will use the granny flat once the kids are grown and gone. Will you renovate it to be a rental property? Will you turn it into a home office? Even though you want a kid-friendly space right now, you might want to consider the future when designing your granny flat. Perhaps you will go from using it as a children’s playroom to using it as a mother-in-law suite. In that case, you would probably want a kitchen added. The kids don’t need a kitchen, so you could design the playroom in a way that would allow for future add-ons to the property.
One of the best ways to get your kids excited about a granny flat playroom is to let them help design it. Allow them to choose the paint colors, or the type of carpet, or the style of window blinds- things that can easily be replaced. They would love putting their own special touch on their own special space!