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Friday, 20 November 2015

How to add another family room into your home

A kids playroom should be a place of imagination and creativity and for us currently, the only playroom they have is their rooms and our living room.  Which is not particularly inspiring for them! We are desperate to re-claim our living room to create it into more of an adult space, a place where we can relax and unwind without having to stare at a mountain of toys.  I’m sure many of you can relate. But because we don’t have another room spare that we could convert into a play space, we are considering our options to make more space for another family area within our home. 
One option we came up with was converting our loft, but there isn’t a lot of head height and with a hubby who is 6ft 4 we knew this was going to be an issue. Another option would be to build into the garden, perhaps a conservatory? We soon discovered that a garden room would create a beautiful, light and airy space that we could all use and enjoy. It’s the perfect option for us as it’s a mix between a standard glazed conservatory and a fully built extension, creating a cosy yet airy living space. Exactly what we are looking for.It’s exciting to envision the endless design possibilities when you plan a space for your family, however, it’s also necessary for one to consider the more practical matters like layout and storage. For our garden room, we want it to be able to bring lots of light into the room and we want the outside to feel apart of the inside. There are a number of ways in which this can be achieved, perhaps with a glass roof or bi-folding doors and it’s certainly something we will consider.  
Other things we need to consider is storage, it can be among the biggest design challenges in a playroom. How do you accommodate several toys and supplies whilst also trying to avoid clutter? Luckily there are a lot of storage options available, we’re big fans of the Ikea kallax systems to keep toy’s nice and tidy. They can also be used as room dividers, so we could have a designated play space and also a space in which the whole family can use. (image source)The general interior would be very neutral, we want to steer clear of clutter so a neutral colour pallet scheme would be best. I would like to try and get something were we can all sit together, perhaps a corner sofa. I can picture us all snuggled up together reading stories or looking at the stars from the comfort of our new room.Do you have any project’s you’re currently working on in your home?Mummy B xoxox

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