Making room for boomerang kids | Landmark Lofts

Boomerang Kids: how to make your house a family home again

Did you know that there are 3.3 million young adults still living at home?

Nowadays our children are faced with mounting student loan debts, a shortage of affordable homes and inflated rental costs. It all adds up to the perfect reason why boomerang kids come flying back home to stay, often for years.

For as much as we love them...

The parent/child relationship dynamic changes considerably when they return home from university. The often said phrase "our house, our rules" doesn't hold quite the same weight anymore, and "in bed by ten" soon becomes "home by dawn."

The child whose belongings fitted into the back of the car when you drove them to halls for the first time, is now a young adult, and as adults, they have all the extra material possessions amassed whilst living away from home.

The result is a cramped bedroom and a home that starts to feel like an over-booked hotel at peak season. It's clear that you're going to need more space than ever. As they said in Jaws "We're gonna need a bigger boat!"

6 Tips for living together

  1. Discuss expectations and make sure you understand what you expect from each other from the start
  2. Set ground rules and time limits to outline how long they plan to stay
  3. Share household costs and /or chores
  4. Be prepared for requests for money and don't feel bad about declining them, if they're working. They shouldn't expect you to subsidise them or their social life
  5. Discuss finances and help them draw up a plan to start saving to move out
  6. Remember you're all adults now, so it's vital to voice any concerns and work togther to find solutions

Your best solution could be converting your loft

Giving you the extra space you'll be needing, and increasing the value of your property by up to 20%, converting your loft makes more than just sense ...it will also make pounds and pence.

This was something that our client, Adrian in Colliers Wood decided to do when his daughter returned home from university.

Rather than move out of the family home of 20 years, Adrian opted to build a new master bedroom with an en-suite. He now has a beautiful bedroom with a Juliet balcony and his family happily enjoys more spacious living. It all goes towards a more harmonious household and no more bathroom disputes in the morning.

Explore other beautifully finished loft conversions below. Click on these properties to discover how each client came to us with their ideas, and how we worked with them to create their dream home.

Stylish & Modern Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion

Modern and homely, this loft conversion created the perfect home for a growing family. "We absolutely love our new bedroom. It's just fantastic having all that space!"- Bryn [READ MORE]

Spacious Mid-terrace Dormer Conversion

A tailored conversion offering this family a bright double room with an en-suite bathroom. "We can’t fault Landmark – they were fast and understood our tight deadlines. We would definitely recommend them to people."-Andrew [READ MORE]

Landmark Lofts is part of the Landmark Group - the only group in London specialising in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments to include a Chartered Building Company (CIOB), Chartered Architectural Practice (RIBA) and to be regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Landmark Group specialises in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments.

Click here to learn more about these regulators and why they're so important for you.

Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors Chartered Institude of Builders Roya lInstitude of British Architects loftconversions in London, Greater London, UK on Houzz loftconversions in London, Greater London, UK on Houzz

Request a call for a free design consultation today!