*POLL!!* Which layout? Building a home with kids/teens in mind.

posted 2 months ago in Home
  • poll: Which option would you go with?
    Option 1 (2 loungerooms, big bedrooms) : (74 votes)
    75 %
    Option 2 (3 loungerooms, small bedrooms) : (25 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 2
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    7656 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have 3 kids (15, 7 and 2) and when they have their friends over they are playing/hanging out in their bedrooms. They don’t watch tv when their friends come over- not because it’s not allowed- they just don’t. I’d opt for bigger kids rooms personally.

    Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    Microscopic bedrooms have been a trend for way too long. I’m so tired of them. Give your kids a space where they can play and relax and call their own. 

    Post # 4
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    276 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2019

    Bigger bedrooms hands down. Contain their stuff to their space 

    Post # 5
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    869 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Option one gets my vote. 

    Post # 6
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    354 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2018 -  Australia

    Remembering my own childhood and teenaged years, I vote for the bigger bedrooms. At that point in my life my bedroom was the only personal space. Our current house has 1 living and 1 rumpus, and I can’t think of many practical reasons to have a third, unless you want like an open study. Do you think your children (yet to be born!) will want to host events at the same time?

    Post # 7
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    1396 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I guess I’m going against the grain… I vote for smaller rooms and more communal space. I grew up in a big family; we had a modest house and small bedrooms. I spent a ton of time with my family. We didn’t hole ourselves up in our bedrooms. We talked and played and hung out together. I shared a room with one of my siblings my entire life until I went off to college, where I then began sharing a room with a dorm-mate. I found the transition to college living very very easy, because I was accustomed to sharing space with others. Other students on my hall were always complaining about their roommates and their lack of privacy at while at school, and then when they went home for holidays, they complained about how their parents had changed “their” rooms while they were gone. In my opinion, kids shouldn’t feel too entitled to ownership of space. They should be taught to coexist with their family members. Having a communal kid play room that can transition to the teen hang-out room sounds perfect. I’m also with you on the big back yard!

    Post # 8
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    524 posts
    Busy bee

    sparkosity :  I agree with you. I feel like when younger, kids do better with toys in a communal spot and bedrooms free of distractions, and when older it’s easier to monitor teens with friends and dating if they aren’t corralled in a room. 

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I vote for the smaller bedrooms and more communal space. Based on your description, it sounds like the bedrooms would be smaller in comparison to the other layout but there’s still quite a bit of storage space and if they wanted more room, they could choose to have a twin bed or loft or other tweaks to create a more effective bedroom layout.

    And I absolutely agree with your no TVs in the bedroom stance!

    Post # 10
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    351 posts
    Helper bee

    Bigger bedrooms hands down. Teenagers will hang out in their bedrooms regardless of the size. And I agree with pp most kids don’t watch TV when their friends are over.

    In my experience with friends and family the more “communal areas” you have the less time you spend together because everyone uses the spaces separately (e.g. one kid is in the rumpus room, the other kid is in the shared lounge, you are in the formal lounge, etc.)

    I agree with no TV in bedrooms though. I grew up in a house with one TV, it taught us to share and encouraged us to hangout as a family more.

    Post # 12
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    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    Growing up with four siblings we had our own rooms but they were small. We hung out in one of two living rooms. I did my homework on the computer in one of the living rooms or at the dining room table or kitchen island. Three of us were within 4 years of each other so we would help each other out with homework, hang out together and had a lot of the same friends. My mom always said bedrooms are for sleeping and that’s pretty much what we used them for. 

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee

    If it’s your forever home go bigger bedrooms. Teens will want their own space and privacy and it’s healthy for them to have this. Two living rooms plus big backyard is enough common space, you can probably do an al fresco living area? Ps fellow Aussie bee here!

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    If you are using the 2nd lounge area off the master bedroom as an office space area, you are going to NEED to give the kids their own space they can do whatever they want in. It will be hectic for you sharing a space with them and good luck keeping them out of the work area if they are playing in the same room. I think even with smaller bedrooms its a better option. You might have to look into getting cable connections in the rooms or force the 3rd lounge/gameroom to be shared with 1 TV

    Post # 15
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    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    I’d go for the smaller bedrooms, since you’re designating one of your living rooms as an office. We have 2 boys at home, 10 and 14, and two living rooms. It’s nice having extra communal space, so the kids don’t feel like they’re limited to being in their bedrooms all the time, but they also aren’t forced to hang out in the same room with us when they don’t want to. They do their homework in one of the living rooms or at the dining room table, never in their bedrooms. I’m sure by “smaller” you don’t mean “broom closet,” so less bedroom space shouldn’t really matter overall.

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