If there is one thing recent events have taught us, it’s the value of children having private spaces where they can do their homework, relax and play. Spaces that can be crafted by taking advantage of builder upgrades.
Here are some ways you can give them what they need to thrive.
Add Homework Centers
Many builders offer homework centers as an upgrade. Often located between secondary bedrooms or off the game room, these centers usually consist of built-in desks, shelving and drawers. Newmark Homes provides data centers as a standard feature in many of their homes. Coventry Homes’ designs for 65-foot properties include reading nooks.
Built-in Bookshelves and Cabinets
Adding built-in cabinets, bookshelves and even desks to your home is as easy as visiting your builder’s design center. Add them to your child’s room, the game room or any low-traffic area to create learning niches. They’re also a great place to store games and toys.
Bonus Rooms = Bonus Classrooms
If your builder offers bonus room upgrades, you might want to take advantage of them. Typically one large space or a space with a half bath, these areas are perfect for crafting study areas for multiple children. Make sure to add extra outlets with charging stations so every child can charge computers, tablets and smartphones. Add a comfortable couch, chairs and a television for a great teen den.
Flex Your Rooms
Flexible living spaces allow you to turn any room into a quiet place for kids to learn and play. Coventry Homes offers upgraded flex rooms that can serve as second studies or playrooms. Highland Homes allows you to turn bedrooms into studies. David Weekley Homes takes the area that would house the game room and separates it into loft, retreat and study area.
Don’t Discount the Media Room
You probably think of your media room as the place for family movie night, but it can become an excellent classroom. Replace chairs with desks and use your TV screen to stream your child’s Zoom classes. Not sure how? Here is a tutorial. Once the school day is finished, let the kids watch the movie of their choice as a reward for a job well done.