Kids that stay at home, but aren’t in the way

Prices are rising for capital city houses, many grown up children now facing the prospect of living in the family home for years after finishing school. However, living at home doesn’t have to mean living on top of your parents.

Many parents are converting underused spaces in their homes to “kid pads” allowing their kids to work and save for a deposit, or simply live in the family home indefinitely. Converting a garage is a good place to start with many city houses having a garage but generally not being used to park a car. You can get lots of natural light into the garage by adding large glass bifolding doors or windows. If you decide to go down this option, take a look at Brio for their range of high quality door hardware for bifold doors and windows. The good thing about garages is they often have lighting and installed already and a concrete floor that can be polished to give you instant style.

Got an old pool house that is now redundant? If you’ve filled in your pool to create more outdoor entertaining space, have you considered converting this into a rad bachelor pad? That’s what the parents of 23 year old Andrew Birch decided to do with stunning results. It didn’t take much to transform the then home of the pool net and sun beds to a modern studio pad complete with sliding glass doors and sun deck, room for a king sized bed and all the study space you could hope for. Andrew is loving having his own space and the close connection to his family while he studies full time at university and plays rugby for Oxford.

Converting a barn can be great option if you live in a rural or semi-rural setting. That’s exactly what Kath Rando did when she returned pretty much broke from a two year mountain biking sojourn through New Zealand and Canada. She needed rent free place to live while she worked on replenishing those bank accounts. Luckily her parents were kind enough to offer her the use of the barn on the back of their property just outside London. Previously the barn was home to a large assortment of old beds, furniture and impressive amount of mice and rats. Kath, who is an interior architect by trade, initially worked on restoring the space to a liveable condition before imparting her own personal style to the space. She also saved a lot of money by using the existing barn doors in the design. These were taken off, re finished and sealed with a weather proof coating. They were then re-hung on high quality Brio sliding door tracks to give many years of effortless function. Kath is very happy in the barn, and is even thinking about staying put longer term.

So there you have it. There are many ways to have your kids stay at home but be out of your hair (most of the time), and in this crazy property market, surely that’s a good thing for everyone.

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