In our last blog post, Sara Cox shared her lessons learned while designing and building multiple homes for her family. We thought we’d take one lesson in particular, namely, designing spaces for your children, and “build upon” it (ha – a little home designer humor there).

At Jim Cox Designs, we love designing homes with the needs of the smallest family members in mind. Children are full of creativity and energy, and have very specific opinions on what they want in their spaces, which makes them incredibly fun to design spaces for. Their tastes often change quickly, though, which brings us to our first point.

1. When designing children’s spaces, design a space that incorporates their tastes, but that can grow with them.

When considering the permanent elements of a child’s space, especially in their bedrooms or playrooms, try to stay away from making design choices that won’t age with your child. She may love that built-in princess bed now, but how will that translate to her teenage years? Speaking of teenagers…

2. Kids (especially teenagers) are loud.

Sara touched on this in her post. It’s great to have a separate space for your children to hang out and play in, and you may think that open-air loft is the perfect space for that… Until their noise begins to carry all over your home. Building a two-story? We often encourage clients to not place children’s bedrooms over their own, or over other common areas. Trust us, when your son has friends over, no amount of sound-proofing will drown out the sounds of the full-on stampede above.

If you’re shorter on space, though…

3. Design spaces with dual purposes in mind.

Not all of us have sprawling lots to work with, especially in more urban areas. For that reason, we work with our clients to design a space that not just works for them, but for their kids as well. A kitchen counter can be raised to bar-height to become a homework or craft station, or space in the laundry room can be worked in to accommodate strollers, backpacks, or sports equipment.

We'd love to hear from you! What are some of the kid-friendly design choices you've made?