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House Plans Can Include a Craft Room

When you're building a new house, you have a lot on your mind. And while it's important to think about those bedrooms, bathrooms, and living spaces, make sure to leave a little bit of real estate for a room you may not think of right away: a craft room.

A craft room is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can relax, gather your thoughts, and create something. Maybe you and your child can make some kids crafts, and you can show him or her the wonders of things like modeling clay. It's always fascinating to give a child a couple lumps of colored clay and just let their minds come up with something. You never quite know what you're going to get, but it's always amazing, and can act as a window into a child's soul. Does your child create castles, dragons, and knights? Or do they take a more contemporary route and make replicas of buildings around your area. Maybe they like sports and build their favorite team's stadium. When you let a child's imagination run loose, the results are always good.

A craft room is easy to stock. Simply go down to the craft store and check out all the art supplies they carry. You'll see things like paint, yarn, papier mache kits, glues, pottery kilns, canvases-the list goes on and on. You may be able to walk the aisles and come up with all sorts of ideas you didn't have before. Sometimes just being in that environment gets the creative juices flowing. And there are all sorts of publications you can subscribe to if you'd like to get your ideas that way.

The best part about a craft room is it is so easy to work into your home plans. The most necessary part, obviously, is simply a room. A closet is a nice-to-have, as is flooring other than carpet. After all, if you spill paint on the floor or get clay ground in, it's going to be much easier to clean a wood, tile, or linoleum floor than it would carpet. No matter what your room's layout, you're going to need storage. Large plastic tubs seem to work well for the big items, with chests of small drawers for the little items. If you can swing it, some craft rooms even have sinks for easy clean up. Your craft room should be an extension of yourself, so take a little while to think about what works for you before you build.

And what about when you sell your house-won't it be a problem if the family moving in doesn't want a craft room? No problem-unless you have something permanent like a sink, the room can easily be converted into a bedroom, sewing room, or any other sort of specialty room. If you're in to crafting, there's no reason not to have a craft room!

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