Make the most of family time at home with a house and yard that appeal to everyone in your gang. This might be the perfect time to take on a home improvement project that will make your home better for your family, encouraging everyone to stay home and stay together. A renovation or addition to your home or property could be just the thing to make your family stronger and happier.
Remodel the Family Room
If your family room is too small for everyone to enjoy together comfortably, think about expanding it. If you have a spare room next to the family room and there’s a non-load-bearing wall joining them, take out the wall for a quick expansion. You may be able to complete the job yourself over a weekend. Alternatively, a new room layout can make the family room more inviting without any cost. Decide what the focus of the room should be, then arrange everything around it.
Expand Your Patio
A well-designed patio can be used as another room of your home. Add a cover and enclosure so that you can use it in rain, cold, or light snow. You can even add a hot tub. A new or expanded patio gives you more room for family as well as for entertaining. It can also help you enjoy your landscaping, make using the backyard more appealing, and increase your home’s resale value with very little investment.
Add a Pool
If you have space, adding a pool adds value and appeal. Swimming pool construction is best left to expert contractors, and the enhancement it offers for your family can be substantial. These days, a new swimming pool can include rock water features, diving boards, decks, and many other features. A new pool can turn yard space you aren’t using into an additional entertainment and recreational opportunity for your family. Plus a pool is a great way to attract friends and neighbors.
Reclaim the Dining Room
Encouraging your family to spend more time together could be as easy as cleaning out the dining room. Many families have turned old-fashioned dining rooms into sewing rooms, dens, or guest bedrooms. Now, encourage your family to have a meal together by making your dining room the new place for family dinners. When you create a space where everyone can eat together and then gently nudge everyone to participate, you encourage conversation and make sure family members are home at the same time for at least a few minutes.
Family members often have different priorities, but with encouragement and a home that supports your efforts, you and your family can learn to spend more time together again. Some of the gang may not see the benefit at first, but your spouse and kids could soon start to enjoy and look forward to family time.