A great way to build family bonds, whether with your kids, partner, grandchildren, nieces and nephews or even friends, is to work on a project together. Not only does this require a lot of teamwork as you work closely together and the opportunity to socialise while doing something productive, but the sense of satisfaction at the end will be wonderful. Restoration projects are a great way to do this and there are many great ideas that can be worked on together by the whole family.
Work on the Car
Lots of classic and old cars can be picked up for incredibly low prices when they require a lot of work to get them roadworthy. If you’ve got a child who’s keen on cars then this can be a great project to work on together. Depending on their age, you could promise the restored vehicle will be theirs as a 17th birthday present. The amount of work will vary from the state of the car’s condition, though in most cases you’ll need to replace the engine, do up the bodywork, paintwork and trim. Set a deadline if you like and certain times each week to work together on the vehicle.
Renovate Your Caravan
Similar to the above, restoring a classic VW camper is the dream for many dads but the whole family can get involved. Let dad focus on getting the engine working again while those less interested in the mechanical side can work on the interior. From furniture to curtains and kitchen equipment, Kiravans provide most of the items required for restoring the interior of an old caravan or campervan. Let your kids design their own bedrooms to truly motivate them, and double-check that everything’s in working order before you set off, as you don’t want to get halfway on holiday to find the toilet doesn’t work!
Restore an Old Cottage
Much like old cars that no longer work, you can find an absolute bargain on cottages that need to be completely gutted before they become liveable. This will be a much bigger project though and you’ll need to plan it out efficiently in stages. Plus it’s a good idea to get some professional help for anything relating to structural changes. However, when the basics are done you can let your children aid with painting and decorating so they are part of the process and you’ll have a great holiday cottage to use in summer.
Freshen up the Garden
Closer to home and a much cheaper option is to restore your garden. Even if it’s not in that bad a state, start by making a list of everything that needs doing and divide out the tasks among your family. These could include:
- Mowing the lawn
- Weeding driveway cracks
- Picking up dropped fruit
- Pruning bushes
- Planting new seeds
As long as everyone has their own tasks they will feel responsible for one section of the project. Make sure it’s a family friendly garden, with sections for the kids to grow their own plants such as sunflowers and areas for your own ideas.
Restoration projects don’t have to be a chore, they can be fun and productive when done as a whole family.