Home Remodeling Tips for a Growing Family


One of the biggest events for a growing family is bringing home a new baby. A new addition to a family can bring everyone closer together, while strengthening the existing bond. However, you need to make sure your home has enough space to accommodate the comfort and safety of the new baby. You will have at least 9 months to prepare, so it’s time to plan your space accordingly.

Whether choosing a room expansion or room addition, remember these home remodeling tips before the baby arrives.

Room Addition or Expansion?
Assess your extra space and evaluate whether your home benefits more from a room addition or expansion. Converting another room into a nursery is far less work than a room addition, but it also means less space for other family members. A room addition might be a bigger home remodeling project, but it also gives you the opportunity to fully customize the nursery. You also won’t be taking away floor space from you or the other children. Be sure to check with zoning and building codes before planning a room addition.

Planning the Nursery
Whichever option you choose, it’s time to plan your baby’s nursery. Southwestern Remodeling can help you fully maximize your space. Your home remodeling project should take into account the size of the crib, furniture, and storage options. Center the room around the crib, changing table, and dresser. This will allow you to make enough room for other accessories. Store toys in easily accessible bins, and place books close to the floor in cubby bookshelves. To avoid inevitable clutter around the house, position a storage bin in every room for miscellaneous toys, books, and clothes.

Baby-Safe Your Home
You want to keep your baby safe as they discover their new home. Cover electrical outlets, and place a child-proof gate in front of stairs. Safely secure furniture to the wall in baby’s room to prevent it from falling over. Cover sharp table corners, and place dangerous cleaning items out of reach.