Summer is almost over, and next month kids will be heading back to school. While most parents are initially excited at the thought of having the house to themselves again, many will soon realize that the busyness of back-to-school season will mean more and more evenings and weekends with an empty house. However, if you’re building or remodeling your home, you have the perfect opportunity to make your house the place to be for after-school study sessions, weekend sleepovers and family gatherings.

For instance, having a small, cramped kitchen can create a stressful environment for after-school snacking or holiday dinner preparation. If you are planning for a kitchen full of activity, make sure you’ll have plenty of counter space, lots of storage options and easy-to-use hardware. If you’re remodeling, the designers at Norfolk Idea Center can help you find the perfect custom cabinets to work with the shape of your existing space without sacrificing style.

Or, if you’re the host of the holiday season or weekend movie nights, increase your home’s comfort level by providing good seating options, customizable lighting and a cozy fireplace.

And for those who love spending time outdoors, sprucing up your backyard with a new deck and plenty of outdoor seating will create the perfect environment for dinners, parties and bonfires as the weather cools off.

There are endless options when it comes to creating a family-friendly home, but you don’t have to make the decisions on your own. Norfolk Idea Center is equipped with products from trusted brands, the knowledge to help you pick the right design options for your family. Visit us at 350 W 22nd St #101b in Norfolk to browse our selection, or call (757) 351-4550 to schedule a design consultation.