10 Ways to Design a Space That Your Family Will Love

Want to keep the kids at home? From practical design, like built-in chargers in banquettes, to cool outdoor hangouts, here's how designers create family-worthy spots inside and out.

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Modern Family Farmhouse

In a modern farmhouse kitchen, Reiner White Design Studio created zones, such as the dual islands and tables with banquettes, knowing that it was going to be an often-used space for the parents and their sons. The custom tables are extendable. "They said, 'We want to be the house that everyone wants to come to,'" says Atlanta designer Jennifer Reiner.

Fueling Up and Charging Up

The banquette has drawers that hold chargers for phones and tablets while kids and their friends do homework and hang out there. "When you got four teenagers, you've got a lot of USB plugs," Reiner says. The custom tables can connect to form one 17-foot table. "You could probably pile 16 kids in there if you wanted to," adds designer Robert White.

Sunroom Redo

When Nancy Hooff of Carter Kay Interiors bought her Atlanta home, the sunroom was an enclosed patio with sliding glass doors and three sides of full glass panes. "We had no privacy from our neighbors and knew we needed to make a change for the room to be more conducive to our family," she says. "The room had such potential and we didn’t want to change the footprint as it would have taken our home out of proportion." Keeping the existing footprint, they used iron windows and doors as the new walls for the contemporary and casual sunroom.

Poolside Treasure

A contemporary California pool terrace is ready for days and evenings swimming and sitting by the custom fire pit. The outdoor space, shaded by arbors topped with panels of woven willow, is on a 17-acre site in the Sonoma Valley. The project by Roche and Roche Landscape Architecture was an American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.

Stars Align

A high-pitched roof gives a family starry views from the outdoor porch of a rustic lake home in Georgia. Builder Mike Hammersmith came up with the double-sided fireplace with steel pocket doors that slide behind it. On nice days, the pocket doors can open and connect the living room with the porch.

Cozy Covered Lounge

A luxury covered porch by designer Yvonne McFadden for the 2017 Atlanta Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse features a vaulted wood ceiling and stone fireplace. McFadden said she wanted the space to feel comfortable and cozy with outdoor-friendly pieces and fabrics, such as cushions, pillows and layered rugs. She envisioned a family that appreciated spending time outdoors together and created a space where the kids could plop on the floor pillows or lounge on the antique African daybed.

Naptime at Its Best

A covered outdoor room serves as a shady place for dining al fresco and resting, even outfitted with a twin bed. Designer Beth Webb, the author of "An Eye for Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses," says homeowners often tell her, "I want the kids to be here." The English country-style space also has a fireplace and beadboard ceiling.

Enhancing the View

A luxury Atlanta condo with an expansive terrace includes this cozy contemporary seating area to take in the city views through the glass oval. The coffee table is made of marble with fretwork.

Modern and Mighty

Superhero-red stools and chairs, contemporary metal and mesh furniture and a water element make this Boston courtyard a hip hangout spot. The townhouse courtyard designed by A Blade of Grass also has a Plexiglas panel, fire feature and glass table on wheels. It was an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award winner for small garden design.

Game Time All Day

A modern farmhouse breakfast nook in a suburban Atlanta home features a banquette for family time. Pillows add comfort when eating and playing games. The table has a stainless steel base and wood top.

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