As we prepare for parenthood one thing is clear, we need to make room for the baby, both in our lives and in our living space. Of course, the size of our home as well as the location are detrimental in deciding on how to expand or redesign the living space so that it can accommodate the needs of an infant. In case you lack a spare bedroom for a nursery there are usually two major options, one is to expand your living space structurally and the other is to move.
In this article we will explain how you can go about both of the previously mentioned choices.
The expansion process
Not having to move with an infant on the way can save a lot of stress and worry, however undertaking any kind of large scale construction project in your home does take a lot of time and planning. So before you even start, make sure you obtain all the necessary permits for the home expansion and have a building inspector come and access the plans. Now, since you have the choice of creating a space from scratch you can have a lot of freedom of design for the nursery. But the one thing is crucial, you need to create a space big enough for your child to grow into.
The next step is actually doing the construction work, and quality is of the essence but so is tame management. There are some construction options like quality steel wall framing that can save you both time in construction and are quite durable and safe as well. When the crude construction work is complete it is time to consider design features. You can decide on number of electric sockets and their placement as well as the location of lighting option. This is a huge benefit as it can create a safer and more functional environment for your child to grow in.
Finally the interior design comes into play. This we leave to you. Today there are so many design options for nurseries and children’s bedroom that you can’t go wrong, just make sure you put functionality over aesthetics since this is a place where your child is bound to spend a lot of time growing up.
Deciding on a move
Moving before the baby comes is important, there are too many issues if you decide to do it after, from the sleeping and feeding schedules that no real estate agent will care about to your personal lack of sleep and time. The truth is that moving while expecting a child is not that great of an option either, but if it will secure a safe and spacious environment for your infant the least we can do is give you some tips on how to plan it. Well, first make sure the new living space you choose has room for a big enough nursery so that it can later on be transformed into a kid’s bedroom because they do grow so fast. Now, when you have finally decided on the location and finished all the financial and paperwork it is time to plan out the move.
Start by carefully labeling and packing all the necessary items, and don’t rush, the stress of the move is enough you do not need to pile up more with rushing. And instead of opting to move all the items on your own, treat yourself, and get a moving company, you’ll need to conserve your energy for the baby. Finally when you start unpacking make sure you do it with your child in mind. So include baby proofing the space as you are decorating it, this will save you a lot of time in the near future as you won’t have to go over everything again just to get it ready and safe for your child.
So there you have it the two possibilities for making room for your infant. Both require time and are a substantial investment and in the end you and your partner will know which one suits your growing family the most.
Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief of Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration from.