The Kidspace Idea Book: Creative Playrooms Clever Storage Ideas Retreats for Teens Toddler-Friendly Bedrooms

The Kidspace Idea Book: Creative Playrooms Clever Storage Ideas Retreats for Teens Toddler-Friendly Bedrooms

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by Wendy Jordan
     
 

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This planning book provides practical design ideas for creating family spaces that function for both kids and adults — from lofts and secret hideaways to high-tech homework centers and colorful bathrooms. Through comprehensive color photos, floor plans, and instructions, this inspiring manual is suitable for do-it-yourselfers, remodelers, and parents looking

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This planning book provides practical design ideas for creating family spaces that function for both kids and adults — from lofts and secret hideaways to high-tech homework centers and colorful bathrooms. Through comprehensive color photos, floor plans, and instructions, this inspiring manual is suitable for do-it-yourselfers, remodelers, and parents looking for ideas to present to architects and contractors.

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When you were a child, where did you like to be? Spying on the world from a secret nook? Swinging your body around in the middle of the yard? In this book, award-winning architecture writer Wendy A. Jordan shows us how to create homes that let children be themselves. “Our lives center around our kids,” explains Jordan, “and we want our houses to reflect that commitment…. Now the whole house sends kids a message that says: ‘This is your home, too.’” In this book, Jordan lays out the best ideas for giving kids space: in hideaways, in common areas, and in our lives.

To begin with, Jordan takes a fresh look at kids’ rooms. “The best of these rooms are functional, organized, versatile, and, above all, adaptable,” she explains. “So as kids grow and change, these rooms can be reinvented without a lot of hassle and planning.” That means finding a space -- even in a snug city apartment -- that can be developed from a soothing nursery to a toy-strewn playpen to a private teen hangout. Creating that level of flexibility can be challenging, but Jordan provides her readers with plenty of surprising solutions. “Even a quirky room can present fresh opportunities,” she counsels. “A narrow wall might be just the place for a magazine or coloring-book rack…. In small rooms…a little style goes a long way.”

But a child needs more than a bedroom to feel totally at home. “Whether it’s a playroom, homework center, or some tiny niche that no adult could even squeeze into, these just-for-kids spaces are some of the most important in the home,” explains Jordan, “because they’re where children can freely play, explore, imagine, and learn.” In this book, we find ideas for some amazing nooks: attic lofts, hallway reading niches, and even transformed closets. These kinds of places allow kids privacy, along with a sense of magic and mystery.

Jordan also includes some exciting ideas for incorporating kids’ needs into our common space. Why not include bins for coloring supplies in the kitchen? Or a series of built-in cubbies under the main stairway where kids can store and display their toys? “Thanks to this enlightened approach [to home design], kids are now welcomed and accommodated,” says Jordan. “It’s a giant step forward in practical home design.” This book, with its revolutionary ideas and easy-to-use structure, should help anyone refurbishing for a family. (Jesse Gale)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561583522
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/15/2001
Series:
Taunton Home Idea Books Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Wendy A. Jordan a former vice president of Hanley-Wood and founding editor of Remodeling magazine, Jordan runs her own editorial business in Washington, D.C.,and serves as senior contributing editor of Professional Remodeler magazine. Her remodeling journalism has garnered many awards, including four Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Awards, two Neal Award Certificates, and a special Editorial Excellence Award from the chairman of the NAHB Remodelors' Council.

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Kidspace Idea Book: Creative Playrooms Clever Storage Ideas Retreats for Teens Toddler-Friendly Bedrooms 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book looks really cool from the outside...im so excited to read it