Building A Teenage Dream – Extensions For Your Growing Family

October 26, 2022


Teen Retreat - a Building Project for the Whole Family

Teenagers are a funny bunch at the best of times, and they can be challenging to live with if space in the family home is at a premium.

Renovating your family home up and outward to suit the growing needs of your family is a great idea. It is the ultimate solution for promoting family harmony. You’ve got plenty of small adjustments and ideas which can be made to make the current space a lot happier and healthier so have a read and be inspired by all the ways you can use a Home Extension to make your home comfortable as your family grows.

Happy young teen reads book and drinks coffee in bed in morning

Make their room their sanctuary

The bedroom of a teenager is a safe space, and a haven, and this should be respected. However, with that being said, it is recommended that you insist upon storage space and plenty of it. This will help to remove the need for a messy floor. Other necessary items include the need for a laundry basket and a bin.

You could also try and declutter a bit, taking away some of the items that they need and don’t use.

Accepting 'Play Time'

No matter how you slice it, in a lot of cases, the “play time” that teenagers have is mostly spent playing online. They’re with friends on the internet, or playing games late into the night. It’s a normal part of teenage life but it can be disruptive to everyone else.

This can be where it is important to have a second family room or converted spare bedroom for them to use. You’re actively giving them the opportunity to get out of their room and into the family area, but at the same time, they still have the privacy and space they need.

Furnishing and finishes in these spaces should be casual enough that you’re not overwhelming them, but at the same time, they should be functional. This is where things like your oversized floor cushion and bean bag can be useful. Giving them some curtains affords a lot of kids the opportunity for privacy, and helps them control the environment as they wish.

Time to get out

The pool is a big draw for a teenager who wants to relax and unwind. It is a good place for outdoor entertainment, even if the music tends to get a little loud when friends come over. Still, at least they’re here at home, right?

The Kitchen - Your Unsung Hero

The kitchen is often the unsung hero of your home. Teenagers eat a lot. It’s pretty well known at this point, and the kitchen will probably be their second favourite place in the house. Having a well-stocked fridge is a good way to make sure that your teenager makes regular trips out of the bedroom.

Expanding your kitchen to be larger and more communal is a good way to encourage your teenager to join family, dinners and social settings.

Stunning living area overlooking pool

Study Spots

It’s important to build a designated study spot for your teenager. The kitchen table isn’t always the best place to do things, so giving them a designated study spot where they can go and focus will help with productivity. Try and avoid having it in their bedroom, because they might get distracted.


Try and think about transportation links that are near your home and consider them when purchasing a new property. Teenagers strive for independence, so being able to go places without you driving them is always good.


How Cubitt's Clients are Building Space for Teens

Your home is a place for your children to grow, learn and be nurtured. Here are some ideas we have built with our clients to help create more space

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About Mercedes Myers

Mercedes is a talented Interior Designer with experience in both residential and commercial design. She loves creating beautiful and functional spaces and believes colour selections are an intimate invitation into someone’s life. She loves being able to assist clients in turning their vision into reality.