Fun Additions to Your Home the Kids Will Love
If you just purchased one of the houses for sale in Ottawa or in any other city, and want to make the kids excited about living there, you might want to consider one of the fun additions that they’re sure to love.
Enclosed Porch Playroom
You can enclose a porch fairly easily and inexpensively for a playroom that offers shelter from the elements, shade to stay cool in summer’s heat and a bug-free environment. It provides additional space, becoming a new room that children are sure to love playing in. There are lots of options, including DIY porch enclosure kits, screen porch awnings that are semi-permanent, so you’ll have the flexibility to use it during warmer times of the year or just when you need it. Afterward, just feel it with some of their favourite play items.
A Theater Room
If you have a basement, you can transform it into your own home theatre, or perhaps use a spare room, provided it’s large enough that viewers will be able to maintain a proper distance from the screen. You’ll want to be able to control lighting and cast a large enough picture too. Limiting ambient light, including natural outdoor light or light from other rooms is a must as it will make viewing difficult. Try to choose a space that already has little light, like a basement, or at least add light-blocking shades or curtains. Think about noise too – if you can easily hear the dishwasher running or traffic outside, for example, it can ruin the audio experience. If the room has windows, you can hang thicker curtains that will absorb sound and block light. Comfortable, tiered seating is necessary of course, and if you want a classic movie theatre room, sconce lights, a popcorn maker and red velvet walls are ideal.
For the ultimate room, you may want to hire a professional, which according to Audio Advice, can range anywhere from $500 to $3,000, but it’s likely to be money well-spent to know you’re getting the right equipment and layout.
What kid wouldn’t love having their own movie theater at home?
A Game Room
A game room can include just about any kind of game you want it to. Perhaps a table and chairs for playing board games, or even full-size working arcade games if the room is large enough. You can dedicate a portion of the room for physical activity games like hop-scotch or foursquare too. Transform one of the walls into a writable surface by using whiteboard or chalkboard paint which applies easily to any smooth surface. You can use it for drawings, messages, or to keep score. Virtual reality gaming is one of the most exciting trends in gaming today, and VR consoles are becoming increasingly affordable. As these immersive experiences can be disrupted when the player runs into a wall or the couch, it’s best to have a dedicated open space, or be sure that it’s easy to move furniture around.
Other additions to make a game room even more enticing include a bar for on-demand beverages like root beer for the kids, and perhaps beer for the adults. Soft throw rugs and fabrics can make it an especially cozy laid back space for fun.