MAINTAINING A HOME
How to design ideal spaces to suit your family’s passions
8 September 2021
A family of movie mavens? Pizza lovers? Fitness fanatics? Here are four ideas to create rooms and outdoor spaces that will let the whole family indulge in what they love.
The family that plays together, stays together, right? But then so does the family that indulges everyone’s passions, creating the kind of warm feeling that only hanging out with people you love can bring.
So, what does your family love doing? And how can you create spaces in your home to facilitate those passions?
Here are four suggestions.
If you love… Pizza
If pizza night is popular at your house, it’s time to up your game. Take the Italian theme outdoors with a pizza oven and an inviting dining area that makes your family want to use it at every chance they get. Make the pizza oven a family DIY project, or buy one ready-made, then get everyone involved in experimenting with toppings to bring home the flavours of Italy. Plant aromatic rosemary and lavender and use planters to your advantage — a few strategically placed olive trees in pots can bring a touch of Tuscany to your al fresco area and separate it from the rest of the backyard. Lanterns and strings of softly lit festoon lights give the area a sense of atmosphere when the sun goes down.
If you love…Movies
What movie buff wouldn’t love a screening room in their house, à la classic Hollywood? Realistically, few of us have the space to dedicate a roomto movie watching, but with a little imagination, other areas of the home can easily be transformed into a cinema-quality space to snuggle up and watch a film or two. Could a home office, guest room or bedroom be made super-cosy for movie nights? It could be as simple as dragging in a few beanbags and oversized cushions, and moving the odd piece of furniture out of the way. Home projector screens are relatively inexpensive (and easy to store) but would add hugely to the cinema ambience. Turn the lights low, and make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand. Popcorn is a must!
If you love… Exercise
We all know how good exercise is for us, but did you know that working out as a family also has benefits? Research shows that families who keep fit together see improvements in their attachment, social development and emotional management skills. What better reason to create a backyard fitness course that all the family can enjoy. Be inspired by a circuit-style course, using common household objects as your “stations” — a dining chair for leg squats, a bike pump to work your triceps, a bottle of laundry detergent (with a handle) as a kettle bell, cans as hand weights. Give everyone in the family a chance to design the circuit to keep them interested and motivated.
If you love… Games
Unleashing your family’s competitive spirit can be a bonding experience, so why not create places at home to go head to head? If board games are your family’s thing, a coffee table that opens to reveal favourites old and new can encourage impromptu games, but there are a host of other options. Consider a ping-pong table that can be set up in a snap for tournaments, or an old-school dartboard in the garage. Technology can be your friend, too. Gather in front of the big screen for a dance-off or karaoke challenge.
Nail your renovation budget
A bigger project, like investing in an outdoor dining area or kitting out a home theatre, can require some budgeting savvy. You can nail your renovation budget with the Everyday Options account¹, designed for better budgeting. You’ll get a main account with debit card2 access for everyday purchases and can choose to add up to 9 sub-accounts3 which you can name based on your budget goals. For example, start with a Bills sub-account (for peace of mind that your regular expense are covered) and then you could add a sub-account called ‘Renovations’ where you set aside a regular an amount from your pay to fund your reno projects. You can build this fund over time but setting a regular transfer can help you watch the balance grow. And as there’s no debit card access on sub-accounts, you might be less likely to spend your renovation money on a shopping splurge. Out of sight out of mind!
And speaking of shopping, if you do find that new ping pong table online at a budget friendly price, rest easy knowing there are $0 foreign currency conversion fees on Visa Debit2 card purchases made with the Everyday Options account and no monthly account keeping fees. Less fees means more in the renovation budget for you.
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1The Everyday Options Account is issued by Suncorp-Metway Ltd ABN 66 010 831 722 AFSL No 229882 (“Suncorp Bank”). Eligibility criteria, conditions, fees and charges apply and are available on request. Please read the Product Information Document for Personal Deposit Accounts before making any decision about this product. Go to www.suncorp.com.au/everyday for a copy.
2To be eligible for a Suncorp Bank Visa Debit card you must be 16 years of age or older. If not eligible you will receive a Suncorp Bank eftpos card. There is only debit card access on the Everyday Options main account. There is no debit card access with sub-accounts.
3You must hold an Everyday Options main account to open an Everyday Options sub-account (add up to nine).
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