Designing for a Family Lifestyle

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, March 01, 2018

This garden Oaks home was designed for a family lifestyle with children in mind. In the planning of the layout children’s rooms are accessible from the master but also maintain privacy. An open play area on the second floor facilitates creative play with ample storage space. Children’s bedrooms include closets with organizational storage as well as toy storage in the rooms. Universal design which is often used for aging in place also helps with designing for a family and children through details such as single lever faucets or universal design lever style door hardware. Zero threshold finishes minimize tripping hazards and also facilitate universal design. Safety is also a concern with stairs and handrails. Ensuring young children cannot climb on railings and often going above code requirements for peace of mind are key considerations in design. The mudroom features places for shoes and backpacks so immediately upon entering after schools kids have places for their belongings. The pool includes easy access to a bathroom so wet feet don’t have to travel through the home. Designing for a family also includes thinking about how spaces need to adapt as children grow, including places for homework and flexibility as needs change. This garden oaks home is a great example of designing for a family lifestyle.