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The Best Home Renovation Projects for Young Families

Being a young homeowner comes with its own set of stressors, then tack on kids, pets, and the unexpected pipe burst, and you’ve got your hands full. However, creating renovations in your home to help organize and maybe even prevent the next catastrophe can be the best project you can do for your well-being.

The best home renovation projects for young families include:

  • Creating storage areas
  • Building closet space
  • Adding a play/family room
  • Choosing durable flooring and paint
  • Mud/laundry room
  • Energy Efficient product installation
  • Outdoor living area

Keeping these ideas in mind, read on to see how you can incorporate these fun and innovative renovation projects into your own home.

Home Renovation Projects for Young Families

You want your home to grow with your family, right? Renovations are one of the best ways to make sure that your home is tailored to your family’s needs. As a young family in the planning phase of home renovations, here are a few things you may want to keep in mind:

  • Current or future children- For this, creating organizational and storage spaces for little ones will save you time and your sanity.
  • Current or future pets – Here, we want to keep in mind flooring, paint, and indoor/outdoor access.
  • Green friendly- What ways do we want to “go green,” or do we? You can start with small projects and add on as you go.

Up next, we’ll share some of our favorite home renovations to help create a space that will suit your family’s needs for years to come.

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Creating Storage and Organization Designs

Let’s get honest with ourselves, when you come home from a long day, the last thing you want to do is put away your stuff, let alone chase after your kids to put away theirs.

Benches, shelves, and hanging areas in the front entrance of your home are all the rage for little hands. However, adults and children alike will reap the benefits of having a “home” for all their belongings.

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Want to know a great way to make sure school projects don’t end up piling up on the counter? Hang a corkboard in the front entrance so kids can display their works of art before they hang up their bookbags. Then, everyone is happy, and more importantly, clutter is no longer an issue.

Designing multi-use items such as a storage bench is a great way to hide

  • Shoes
  • Seasonal necessities
  • All the not so visually stimulating objects

Shelves lined with decorative baskets are also a two-fold organization idea. Storing away hats, scarfs, and gloves will up the chance of that pair of mittens remaining a pair, at least through the winter.

A designated coat hanging area is a quick fix for the potential pile-up at your front door. Kids can hang coats and book bags, while adults can hang jackets, purses, keys, and umbrellas.

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Building A Closet Space For Everyone

Ask any married couple their secret to a happy co-existence, and they’re guaranteed to mention either double sinks in the bathroom or a walk-in closet.

Renovating a closet is a quick and easy solution for any young couple looking to expand their space.

Designing the closet of your dreams can include planning for:

  • Off-the-shelf systems
  • Built-ins
  • Slide-out racks
  • Shoe storage

Creating closets for children that encourage organization and lessens the likelihood of a clothes avalanche could potentially be a parent’s greatest creation. Just keep in mind dimensions and height when installing units that can grow along with the child.

Hallway Closet Organization

A snow shovel stashed behind wrapping paper, an extension cord hanging from a picture frame you never knew you had, most of us can relate to having that one closet where everything co-exists with no rhyme or reason.

A minor renovation project such as reorganizing a hallway closet space with shelves, hanging hooks, and storage bins can be just the thing needed to find that long-lost ice scraper you’ve been looking for since last winter.

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Play/Family Designated Rooms

A majority of us have experienced a family or friend growing up that had that one no-entry permitted room. The furniture maintained its pristine condition because no one could sit on it, and not even a CSI agent could find a single fingerprint.

Nowadays, having a designated room where inhibitions are thrown to the wind is a game-changer. Whether it starts as a family room and eventually turns into a playroom, incorporating this allocated space in your renovation plans is a must.

Areas that can be turned into a family/playroom are:

  • Basement
  • Finished attic
  • Extra bedroom
  • Den
  • Enclosed back porch

Add On Space

Add a desk, lamp, shelving unit, and a swivel chair to this space, and you’ve got yourself a home office everyone can use. Bonus, while kids are in eyeshot playing and dogs snoozing on the couch, you can still get some work done!

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Install New Flooring

Even if you don’t have kids or pets, we can all create a picture in our minds of muddy paw prints and rain boot footprints on a carpet.

Choosing flooring to keep your home clean and your family safe is an essential renovation for all households. Having durable and easy-to-maintain vinyl flooring in high traffic areas is going to save not only your peace of mind but also your pockets.

While ceramic kitchen and bathroom tile may look appealing and quite honestly aesthetically pleasing, it is not always the best flooring overall to have when toddlers and puppies rule the kingdom.

Some great alternatives can be:

  • Waterproof Hardwood Flooring
  • Laminate
  • Vinyl Plank/Tile

Extra Protection Flooring Ideas

Using a runner for high traffic areas such as a front door, back porch, and hallway are inexpensive and easy fixes to minimizing wear and tear on floors.

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Mudroom With Laundry Room Combined Renovation

Does anyone know what a mudroom is? We’ve all heard the term, and I’m sure we can again come up with a mental picture but is it worth the hype?  It is a resounding yes!

Consider a mudroom much like an entryway. A one-stop shop for all the dirty, wet, sticky, and throw in the occasional gift your pet likes to leave, items you never want to make over the threshold of your freshly mopped laminate floors.

Now add a laundry section to that fantasy, and you are in the best dream of your life!

Laundry Room Ideas

Keep in mind this space will be designated for all items dirty. So incorporating products that inspire your family to contain the mess in that room is fundamental.

Here are just a couple of don’t stress the mess ideas:

  • Building a doggie door for pets to get in and out of the house with a mat to catch dirt and debris
  • Laundry baskets labeled wet clothes and dirty clothes
  • Bins for muddy rain and snow boots
  • Containers for umbrellas, dog leashes, and outdoor toys (both human and dogs)

The takeaway here is to design a space that suits your family’s needs and adjusting as necessary when things are no longer helpful or just require an upgrade.

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Choosing The Right Paint

Whether it be dings, scratches, handprints, a beautiful mosaic your two-year-old was inspired to draw, or that one time you tried to make a blueberry smoothie and share it with the walls, you can get a general idea of what the paint has endured.

Coating indoor walls with stain-resistant or washable paint before moving in; sounds a lot easier than challenging the current paint to a duel with that adorable two-year-old.

Listed are some of the best paints to give any toddler a run for their money:

  • Behr Premium Plus Paint and Primer in One
  • Sherwin-Williams Duration Home Interior Acrylic Latex Paint

Fun Add On Project For The Whole Family

Chalkboard paint is an exciting alternative to the ordinary refrigerator to-do list. Choose a wall in the kitchen area and select a creative chalkboard paint color and wah-lah! You’ve got yourself not only a funky and fun wall but a designated doodle area!

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Easy Ways to Go Green And Save Money

Energy-efficient lights are the trendiest small renovation a young family can plan, especially if you’ve experienced a teenager who leaves every light in the house on even when it’s sunny outside.

When choosing light bulbs, quite a few include cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency, and technologically advanced controls.

Among the most popular are:

  • LED light bulbs
  • Halogen Bulbs
  • Fluorescent Bulbs

Nothing is worse than crawling into bed and realizing you forgot to turn off the kitchen lights all the way downstairs. Now, thanks to new technologically advanced controls, you can easily connect to your smartphone, Google Home, and Alexa to do that for you.

Timers and dimmers are also excellent add-ons for lowering light usage. Just make sure to check that the bulbs you buy are compatible with any smart products you purchase.

Maximizing Energy And Cost-Efficiency In Your Home

Another renovation for young families can be installing both under-the-sink kitchen water filters and efficient flow showerheads in the bathroom.

Eliminating the need for single-use water bottles and replacement filters for water dispensers and instead opting for an under-sink water filtration system; can provide homeowners peace of mind and extra money in their accounts.

Efficient flow showerheads maximize water flow by reducing how much water comes out of the faucet. Of course, it won’t control 45-minute showers or the amount of water to bubble bath ratio, but it will lower water heating costs.

At Home Shower Spa In Minutes

Here are a few items you can add to your bathroom décor to create an at-home spa

  • Spa Bath Pillow– Sit back and relax into this plush bathtub pillow
  • Bath Caddy Tray– Has space for both candles and iPad holder
  • Luxury Towel Warmer Bucket– Portable Spa Towel Warmer for Bathroom
  • Non-Electric Oil Diffuser-Fill with your favorite essential oil and relieve stress

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Building An Outdoor Living Space

Exploring the possibility of building an outdoor living space not only provides value to your home but value to your quality of life.

Creating seating, cooking, and eating areas outside are perfect additions to any young family’s home. Adults enjoy the perfect “stay-cation” while kids and pets have free range over the backyard; it’s a win-win for everyone.

How to Create A Cozy Outdoor Living Space

  • Plants are always a great way to spruce up any area, especially the outdoors. Bright colors, lush leaves, and blooming flowers can easily liven up anyone’s mood.
  • Fairy lights, Tiki lamps, lanterns, and string lights are the perfect accessories to set the ambiance in any outdoor living space.
  • Pillows, cushions, hammocks, and an array of seating options, allow everyone to have a small oasis of their own.

Future Home Renovation Projects

Items such as swing sets, dog houses, pools, and sheds are possible future renovations as the family expands.

Most Important Project Of All

Have fun! Renovating your home doesn’t have to happen all at one time. Take your time designing, planning, and meeting with several contractors until you find the projects that best suit your young family’s needs.


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