Kyla Brooke
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Home ideas to bring your whole household together

by Kyla Brooke 06/07/2023

Spending time with those in your home is often a difficult task, especially if everyone else has their own schedules and to-do lists for their day. However, you can remodel a few choice areas to attract everyone else in the home to spend some good, old-fashioned quality time together. Here are a few key strategies to help bolster impromptu hangouts and social household gatherings.

1. Add a breakfast corner to your kitchen

Kitchens typically garner the most foot traffic of any room in the house. They are the spaces where most of the major cooking occurs and where snacks and beverages are usually stored. If the primary entryway is positioned in the kitchen, there's simply no way to avoid walking through it.

This facet creates a unique opportunity to bring people together. Integrating a breakfast and coffee counter will likely attract house members before they start their day. Rather than grab-and-go beverages, cereal or bagels, a counter with seating invites people to gather.

What generally happens next is a light conversation, which might not have otherwise occurred. Homeowners may want to consider modifying a center island, building a new one or a designated spot near a window.

2: Build a detached outdoor hangout area

While it may seem more common to have a deck, patio or veranda connected to the kitchen, it might be a bit counterintuitive for social interaction. Most house members might use the area to do work, homework, chat with friends via video calls, check social media or a plethora of other activities. A detached area, however, might change the dynamic, especially if it's a designated hangout spot for the house.

The following backyard upgrades are worth considering.

  • screened-in gazebo with heating and cooking space
  • hardscape with built-in outdoor kitchen and seating
  • brick patio with seating and fire pit

Enjoying a sunny afternoon drinking cold beverages and eating delicious grilled foods or sitting under the stars while roasting marshmallows often proves attractive.

3: Create your own getaway room

 A getaway room brings together ideas such as game night, camping trips and rec room space. This strategy involves selecting an underused space and remodeling it. These spaces may include a garage, basement or outbuilding. Depending on the types of things your household enjoys doing collectively, the upgrades are then selected to support them.

  • Some common remodeling ideas may include the following:
  • Converting an outbuilding into a cabin getaway complete with bunk-style beds.
  • Remodeling the basement into a home theater complete with reclining movie chairs.
  • Turn the garage into a game room with features like a kitchenette and bathroom.

The fundamental remodeling idea is to develop a space where your whole household can get away from everyday distractions. It may prove valuable to also designate "no-device" areas. While advanced technology has improved life in many ways, re-imagining the home as a communal space helps strengthen bonds between loved ones.

About the Author

Kyla Brooke

With a passion for real estate, my background as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, successful real estate investor, property manager for my own real estate ventures, business owner, educator, and strategic planner brings you:
  • Excellent listening, communication, and negotiating skills
  • Ability to clarify goals and issues.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Management & marketing skills, with attention to the big picture and to the details.
  • Knowledge of houses, both funky and fine.
  • Knowledge of the housing market, both locally and nationally.
  • Patience and humor.
Why work with me:   
  • Support in clarifying and achieving your real estate goals.  
  • Consistent sales record in both appreciating and downturn markets.
  • One of the Top 5 Producing Agents in the Russian River, 2022-2012, A Vanguard Top Producer in Sonoma County 2022-2014.
  • Member of Top Agents Network (Requires being in the top 10% of Market Share).
  • A Team of Real Estate & Construction Professionals to make your transactions easier. 
  • Ease in transactions and step-by-step support throughout the buying and selling process and     
  •                beyond.
  • Knowledge of real estate in the Russian River, Sonoma County & knowledge of national markets.
  • Investment and property management experience in the Russian River area.
  • Best tools for creating custom marketing for you and your property needs for both sellers and buyers.
  • Amazing negotiating skills.
I love Sonoma County and the Russian River area. With a long-term interest in affordable housing and in improving the quality of people’s lives, I am actively involved on a community level in social and cultural issues, in life transitions, and in issues related to aging. My life work is about making sure that you can have the greatest quality of life possible. I have sold the Blue Heron, The Pink Elephant & Patterson Point Preserve. This involved creating a grant with Sonoma County Agricultural & Open Space District and devising a loan plan for individuals in the community to provide the additional funds necessary to purchase this exceptional property. I am a creative thinker and am able to market and sell properties of many kinds. I also have worked on issues relating to water, septics, and riparian habitat in the Russian River area on both the county and state levels. Adventurous, curious, and open-minded with a background in trauma and disaster mental health, I work predominantly by referral, which means that I spend time making sure that you receive excellent care. I am NEVER too busy for you and for your referrals, and know how to go the extra mile for you. Now, let’s get down to business!