Are you planning to have a large family in the future? If so, you need to take those plans into account when shopping for a home. You probably don't want to buy a house that you outgrow and need to move on from a couple of years down the road, and yet, as someone who doesn't have a big family quite yet, you may not be quite sure what to look for in a home that will suit those needs in the future. Here are a few home amenities to look for as someone who is planning on a large family.
Bedrooms with a lot of clear walls.
Clear walls are those without windows and other obstructions that would keep you from putting a bed or another piece of furniture on those walls. When you have quite a few children, chances are, several of them will be sharing a bedroom at certain times in their lives. Having clear walls makes it easier to put several beds and dressers in one room.
A large, eat-in kitchen.
Steer away from homes with separate dining rooms and kitchens. You'll have a hard time keeping an eye on kids in the dining room while you're in the kitchen, and all those kids won't fit in the small kitchen! An eat-in kitchen makes it easier for everyone to eat in the morning before they head out the door, and it makes it easier for you to supervise the kids in the evening while some are starting to eat and you're finishing dinner prep or cleanup.
Lots of closets.
Lots of kids means you'll have lots of clothes! Some older homes do not have a lot of closets, which could mean you end up really short on storage space. Make sure the home you buy has plenty of closets. There should be at least one closet in each bedroom and perhaps a few extra closets in the basement or hallways.
Living with 8 or 10 people and two bathrooms will lead to a lot of arguments. You really need a home with at least three bathrooms, if not more. It's okay if one of these is a half-bath. Several kids can still use that bathroom to get ready in the morning if they don't need to shower.
When you're planning for a big family, look for the amenities above when you're looking at single-family houses for sale. Your family will grow into the space over the years.