14 steps to designing a home for a young family

open plan family kitchen diner in oak frame home
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Whether you are after family-friendly home ideas for a home you are designing from scratch or for a renovation project, you have come to the right place. We have been busy rounding up the very best tips and design advice from the experts to help get your project off to a flying start.

Young families have very different needs to other types of homeowners, such as empty nesters or those living alone, and finding the best house design ideas to suit the needs of multiple occupants, all with different needs, can be tricky to get right. It is also crucial to think beyond the stage that you are at right now — children grow up alarmingly quickly and so the way you will find yourself using your home and the kind of spaces that will work best for all of you will be changing all the time. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.