Every time we take the kids out, I race them to the best toys. I can’t help it. I turn into an 8-year-old again, and I love the weird little games kids make up out of nowhere. Remember those “K, the game is you can’t step on anything blue, and when you get to the top of the slide you have to turn 3 times and go down the pole with your legs out” impromptu games you made up with your friends when you were little? They’re so much more fun when you’re a grownup who is just one of the kids for a second, trying to remember the odd rules of an ever-changing playground game while adding the “yellow twisty slide is base!” rules of your own. You get to bond with your kids while having a blast yourself.
Another larger remodel that you can do if your cottage house plan doesn’t have much in the way of a master bedroom, is to simply add on more space for the master, as well as to redo the entire master bath. Cottages tend to be on the smaller size anyway, so the odds are good that the master bedroom and bath will need to be enlarged somewhat. When it comes to remodeling the master bedroom, make sure that you don’t add too many permanent personal features that may not be attractive to future buyers. Expanding on the master bath and bedroom is a great way to build up some equity in your lovely cottage.