Waukesha County Home

September, 2019

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By Catherine Jozwik Special to Waukesha County Home Creating a comfortable and inviting homework space for chil- dren can be a simple project that doesn't break the bank. These days, many parents would prefer their child do schoolwork near a communal area of the home rather than a separate room alto- gether, such as the child's bed- room. "The key thing is, parents typi- cally want to monitor what their kids are working on," said Jim Pitzen, an architect and design consultant for Wauwatosa home remodeler SJ Janis Company, Inc. He recommends creating a homework nook in an alcove or space right off the kitchen,"basi- cally, an inviting space that doesn't feel too cramped, where kids can sit with a laptop out in the open." That way, Pitzen added, "kids are within walking and viewing dis- tance." Areas like these could also double as a menu-planning area and office space. Kitchen islands or a large table space, used for dining and enter- taining, can also be ideal home- work spots that encourage family togetherness. "I suppose my house is a bit old- school. The kids sit around the dining room table, sometimes with a snack and usually whilst I am working on throwing dinner in the oven, so I can help with any ques- tions," said Watertown resident April Witte, who lives with her husband, Tyler, and five children ages 8 through 17. "We have (chil- dren) of varying ages, so there is a C O N T E N T S How to keep rooms evenly cooled Rethink your kitchen to get the most out of it Maximizing home improvement dollars A publication of the Waukesha Freeman and Oconomowoc Enterprise • SEPTEMBER 2019 Creating a homework haven without breaking the bank Having a central place for homework where parents can assist or monitor their children is a growing trend in contrast to a bedroom or other isolated place in the house. Kitchen islands, large tables are the new ideal See HOMEWORK, Page 2

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