It’s May. The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and families everywhere have just spent long weeks in their homes during quarantine. Maybe after that much time together you realized your home is perfect as-is, providing plenty of room for some space apart when needed and places to gather when desired. Or, like many of us, you found that you had to hide in your shower to get some distance from your kids—or that you are in dire need of a larger pantry! Regardless of what the past couple months revealed about what may be great about—or missing from—your abode, there are some predictable aspects that families typically look for when putting together a “wishlist” of what they’d like in a home.
This isn’t the most exciting aspect of a home, but a well-designed mud room is every family’s dream. A place to throw dirty boots and worms that make their way inside little hands. The place where backpacks and wet sports gear is dumped. Where coats are thrown on hooks, not hangers. A small, but critical, area to try to contain the mess from outside.
FLEXIBLE KITCHEN SPACE
Although we have gotten away from needing a formal dining room, most families still have the table for dinner together and enjoy a kitchen bar-top or nook for kids’ breakfast and helping with homework.
We all know in this valley, if you’re lucky enough to have a garage it probably is NOT used for your car! It’s used for bikes, skis, large strollers, and the like. Families are looking for a one-car garage, attic, or storage crawl space at the very least.
ACCESS TO OUTDOOR FUN
I know I am not alone in saying that the outdoors have saved my sanity during quarantine. Being able to get the kids outside and playing in a yard or a nearby park is at the top of any criteria a family has.
Let’s face it, parents rarely have time for a leisurely bubble bath, but a spacious master bathroom is helpful for finding peace and quiet at the end of the day. Plus, every family needs at least one bathtub, so it might as well be a nice big one in the master.
EXTRA LIVING SPACE
If possible, most families with young kids would love to have a secondary living room for toys to be contained away from the main couch and TV. (And maybe a place to homeschool when needed?) For older kids, it can become a place for board games and puzzles, or for teenagers to crash with friends and play video games.
Sarah Woelfle is a broker with Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, a fifth-generation Coloradan, and a mom of three. She can be reached at 970.319.9583 or SarahW@SliferRFV.com.