My wife and I have just had our first baby boy, named Jacob, and we want to give him safest and most exciting home to grow up in. We have consulted with our daycare in Plainfield, IL and with many local general contractors about any ideas for kid friendly home renovations. Many of the child caretakers at Creative World School told me to incorporate vibrant and welcoming colors in the play area. They also suggest that I create a creative center where Jacob can express his artistic side. They also suggested creating hidden storage spaces to avoid toy clutter.
Later that week, we had general contractor swing by to inspect our house. Through our investigation, we found that the railings on the back porch needed to be modified with supports that are closer together. This will prevent children from sticking their head through and getting stuck. We were also instructed to put baseboard slates on the porch so Jacob couldn’t shimmy underneath. Near the pool, we decided to lay down slip guard so no one hits their head and we ordered a new hot tub cover that locks securely just in case Jacob tries to sneak in.
In our backyard, we constructed a gigantic play house pirate ship made out of recycled materials that won’t splinter or chip. This was great because our little one puts everything in his mouth, getting informed almost every week by his daycare that he had choked on something that day. The mulch bedding of the outdoor play area was also made from recycled tires and takes the impact so much better than regular mulch, dirt, or sand materials.
Gardening is a big deal in our home and it is something I want to allow my son to learn to enjoy as well. We plan to make him a small work station where he can grow his own plants. I want to show him the basics of cultivating plant life and how they grow over time. We want to have a place for his tools and a small sink for him to work in. Next to that we want to place a small raised bed for his plants to grow big and healthy.
With our house set for success, we can set our minds at ease. I’m sure there will be many more improvements as we all grow together and I will be sure to share them in the future. Thanks for listening!