Kid Friendly Homes

If you are house hunting and you either have kids now or are planning to have kids while you live there, you may want to keep a few things in mind when it comes to perusing house plans.

1. Consider Steps

If you have babies—you’ll have to carry them. If you have a toddler—you’ll have to barricade them. Kids will eventually grow up enough to be able to handle the steps on their own, but be aware there is a certain amount of extra work involved when you pair stairs/steps and family homes.

2.Yard Size/Access

A large yard may be a lot to maintain, but a nice tall fence and a good sized yard can house the kind of entertainment that keep kids occupied for hours in the safety of your property. Small yards or a lack of one altogether means kids have to play ball and tag out in the open, in the streets, and other open areas that are harder to monitor.

3. Bathrooms

Tiny bathrooms with no counter space and also no place to store anything are a recipe for clutter and frustration. It’s not necessary to have a ton of space on the bathroom vanities, however, a solid one that your kids can pull a little stool up to and hang on to the edge while brushing their teeth is ideal. Shower only bathrooms can also present certain challenges when it comes to bathing children until they reach a certain age. Having a place for potty training equipment is necessary if you’ve got children at or approaching that age as well.

Some homes are kid friendly, and the fact of the matter is that some are absolutely not. It may not be possible to pick and choose what will make your life easier. These are just a few things to keep in mind when you’re weighing your options.

This is a guest post written by Lisa Ward. Lisa writes about how to make life a little easier as a parent, what to look for when you’re in the market to buy a house, and Austin homes for sale.


  1. I agree with the counter space. Sometimes instead of having 2 sinks in a kids bathroom, you are better off having one, with more counter space, if you don't have more than 5 feet to work with.

  2. Michelle Tyrone7:30 PM

    It is important for parents to baby proof their homes especially when their kids started learning how to crawl. Keep all the electrical wires away.

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