When it’s comes the family unit, you could say that the saying, “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage,” is rather out of touch with today’s reality. A better way to put things now would be: “first comes love, then comes cohabitation, then comes mortgage, then comes home renovation, and then comes baby.” If you’ve just found out that your cozy nest for two is about to become occupied by a bundle of joy, then there are some house renovation ideas that can be taken to make your home more spacious and safer for baby.
You may think that a standard baby gate at the top of the stairs is a simple solution for making your home safe for your baby as they get older, but there are other staircase baby proofing measures that should be considered. This is especially true with older homes where the stairs may not be up to modern building codes, or for staircases that have more complex designs.
Some of these hazards include:
A renovation company can help make your staircase safer by removing hazards and replacing them with up-to-code balusters and handrails and also covering the stairs with anti-slip and trip stair treads and or replacing the stair risers all together with non-slip flooring.
It takes more than just a few outlet plugs to make your home safe for baby. Poor and defective electrical wiring as well as poorly located outlets, combined with an inquisitive infant, can be fatal. It’s important to take extra precautions to make your home safer by covering up any exposed wiring and moving outlets so they are out of reach or are away from hazards such as sinks. Another option is to replace older electrical outlets with safer power points such as tamper-proof receptacles. It’s also important to get the expertise of your interior renovation contractor or an electrician before attempting to do any electrical work yourself.
As your baby grows older and starts crawling or walking, he or she is likely to become more curious, and that could mean trouble if you have any spaces that could be used as a hiding place. This includes:
A home renovation contractor can help by installing sliding or fastening doors that lock and open from the outside, self-closing cabinetry, or filling in those unused spaces, such as fireplaces, that your baby can get into.
When it comes to babies, sometimes cutting corners in the physical sense is a good way to cut back on potential injuries. There are a number of renovation steps you can take to babyproof your living spaces to make them more suitable for the youngest member of your family. This includes:
If you feel your home may become cramped with the arrival of a baby, adding space may be a more affordable alternative than looking for a new house all together. House additions can include converting an existing room such as a den or office into a nursery, undergoing a basement renovation to accommodate a playroom or extra bedroom, or adding extra space with a build out or a second-floor addition.
For more information, read our Q&A on what to consider when deciding whether to Move or Undergo a Home Renovation.
Whether you’re looking to add more space or want to renovate your existing space, Rafter 4K Contracting can help. Our team of renovation specialists are equipped for any type of project, including interior and exterior renovations, home additions and accessory buildings.