With spring in the air, many homeowners are itching to finally tackle that home improvement project that they’ve been putting off. Spring and summer is a great time for home improvement projects but it can be difficult, especially if there’s still young children at home. For families with kids, here are five home improvement projects that you can do to scratch the home improvement itch without creating too much stress for your family.
Repainting the home’s interior is one of the most cost effective ways to dramatically change the look of your home. Because you can complete an entire room in a single day, it’s a great project for families with kids because it won’t inconvenience anyone for too long. In order for a painting project to go smoothly, you’ll want to plan out the project and make sure you have plenty of paint and all the right materials before you start. With young children at home, you don’t want to have to stop mid-project to run out for more supplies. If the kids are old enough, they may even enjoy helping out. Just give them a section in the center of the wall being painted where they can’t make a mistake.
Is there a space in your home that your family never uses? Perhaps a formal dining room or a den or study? If so, why not turn it into something else that your family can actually make use of? You can turn the den into an arts/crafts room for you or a playroom for the kids. A formal dining area can be transformed into a breakfast nook or reading corner. These kinds of transformations don’t have to be expensive or even time consuming and they’re great projects for a young family with ever-changing needs.
Do you find yourself complaining that you wish there was carpet in the bedrooms? Or maybe you find yourself wishing that the beautiful hardwood in the kitchen could extend to the rest of the rooms on the main floor. Whatever your desires for your flooring, you don’t have to wait until the kids are older. In fact, making the change now can make your life with young children a lot easier.
As long as you have more than one bathroom in the home, a minor bathroom remodel can be a great project that won’t create too much of an inconvenience for the kids. If the bathroom you’re remodeling is for them, then it’s important to keep their needs in mind. Don’t go with a pedestal sink as you’re going to want plenty of storage space under the sink for storing bath toys and toiletries. Some shelves on the walls is another great way to create additional storage space.
Okay so this last one isn’t technically inside the home but it’s still home improvement because it increases the curb appeal of your home. What makes this home improvement project especially great is that you can involve children of all ages in the work. Don’t just set them to pulling up weeds. You can make it fun for them by teaching them about planting and by letting them plant something in the yard.