older homes redesign

Redesigning Older Homes for Today’s Modern Family

Real estate options in the Bay Area are often limited to older homes in need of significant renovation. Many have small rooms with outdated floor plans, electrical and plumbing that don’t support today’s modern families. However, it is possible to remodel one of these older homes to match the needs and lifestyles of today’s family.

Remodeling Older Homes for Today’s Family

In a city where a new home is not always financially accessible, customizing an older home to fit your family’s needs may be a better solution. Of course, location is always key. By choosing an older home, there are more options within the city

As with any renovation project, remodeling an older home to fit your family begins in the planning phase. Don’t just design a home for your current family situation, but think of the future. 

What will benefit your family as it grows and changes? Today’s toddlers will grow up into teens in need of their own private space. And, you and your spouse may want to age-in-place and have different needs. 

Working with your architect to visualize all the possibilities is more important than ever with an older home remodel.

Creating Inviting Family Spaces in Your Older Home Remodel

A family home should feature spaces where members can gather and find some privacy too. Often, older homes include small rooms, tight hallways, and a lack of open spaces. Let’s look at the key rooms and how you can improve on what you have now.

As with any renovation project, remodeling an older home to fit your family begins in the planning phase. Don’t just design a home for your current family situation, but think of the future. 

What will benefit your family as it grows and changes? Today’s toddlers will grow up into teens in need of their own private space. And, you and your spouse may want to age-in-place and have different needs. 

Working with your architect to visualize all the possibilities is more important than ever with an older home remodel.

Kitchen

older homes kitchen redesignThe kitchen is the most used room in the house, so a family-friendly kitchen design should include options like an eating area, a large island, custom appliances, expansive counter space for meal preparation, and a good traffic flow pattern.

If your family enjoys cooking together, make sure there is space for multiple cooks in the kitchen.

Dining Area

older homes dining room

Expansive seating is typically a priority for a family dining area. Consider the flow from the kitchen to the dining room, as well. Older homes usually have a formal dining room that is it’s own separate room. To adapt to today’s desirable open floor plan, walls may need to be taken down to create a unified, cohesive space for family meals and those large homework projects.

Family Room

older homes living roomToday’s modern family room is where we gather for watching TV and hanging out with friends. It gets a lot of use and needs to be cross-functional. If you are creating an open space, you will need to maximize storage to keep the space organized and reduce clutter

Don’t forget to plan for technology too. The family room today is where video games, surround sound, smart TVs and reading spaces all intersect.

Storage

older homes man reaching for bike in garageWe just didn’t have a lot of stuff in the old days. Today’s modern family collects multiple seasons of items like scooters, bikes, and sports equipment that need to be kept someplace. Planning for smaller storage spaces near entries and in bedrooms saves the garage or shed for those larger items including cars.

As your family ages, additional cars may be added to your garage and driveway. Now that electric cars will be your kid’s future, plan ahead for a enough power for car chargers.

Designing Kids’ Rooms in an Older Home

older homes kids room

Create a space that will grow with your child and allow them to study, play, and hang out with friends. When they become teens, privacy is a must. If your older home has small bedrooms you may need to rethink and redesign your floorplan


School age children need a dedicated space to study. Studies show that natural light is best for studying and focus. Sometimes study spaces can be in a hallway or alcove that doesn’t serve other purposes. Don’t forget connectivity!

Create a Welcoming Hangout Space for Friends

older homes kids playing video games

Make your home a place where your kids’ friends want to hang out. An open area with room for everyone to sit with lots of technology is ideal. You may not want your family room to be that space, as it can get pretty loud!

Girls, on the other hand, like privacy. You may need to include gathering space when you remodel their bedrooms. 

At Drafting Cafe Architects, we know families. We just completely remodeled our older home for our family! Contact us to turn your older home into a modern, family friendly haven that will accommodate your family in comfort and style for years to come.

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