Kids-Friendly Renos

We're currently working on a project for a family of six in Fort Saskatchewan, and we have to say, it's been a blast. There's something pretty magical about kids and renovations. So far, we've created a secret playroom for the youngest girl, and have had some hilarious practical jokes from the boy (some well-placed notes had our framer, Travis, thinking the toilet was "Out of Order" for a few days!!)

1. Chalkboard Walls & Art Stations

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Chalkboard walls are a fun & easy addition to any space. Paired with a small table and craft supplies, the perfect kids art station is made!

2. Secret Rooms

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Remember that scene in "The Addams Family" where Gomez pulls a book out of the library shelf and a trap door gives way to a slide which then leads to a secret underground room? Or when Batman flips open the head of a bust, pushes a button, and reveals the Batcave? Um, yeah, that's the coolest. Secret Rooms are awesome. End of story.

3. Indoor Climbing Walls

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Kids climb stuff (I think? Maybe I'm thinking cats). Adding an indoor climbing wall (complete with safety mat) will let your rascals scurry up & down the walls after polishing off their afternoon snack.

4. Built-in Step Stool

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Short people need to brush their teeth too! Free standing stools are bulky and take up space. A built-in stool that pulls out is a great way to make use of toe kick space and provide a leg up for the vertically challenged children.

5. Colouring Book Wallpaper

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Why fight kids trying to write on the walls? Embrace it! Invest in some totally rad colouring-book wallpaper and let your kids go nuts with the markers! To be honest, I sort of want this for myself...

6. Create a Hideaway Space

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Kids are sort of like cats, aren't they? Climbers AND hiders..for some reason they like being inside little forts & hidey-holes. I used to pull the storage drawers out from under my bed and hide in the space, reading or playing with TY Beanie Babies. A little tent or canopy is a great way to create the perfect spot for a tiny human to play!

 

Do you have any awesome kid-friendly designs in your home? Let us know in the comments!

- Aims