This is how we created a huge transitional space that is in constant use. Let me warn y’all, it’s different!
We are retired and our kids are grown. Our most recent home in Savannah Georgia has three bedrooms, and we are currently renting it out until we sell it.
We moved to West Georgia, and renovated this place at Six Little Acres. One thing we knew was that we did NOT want the traditional “spare bedrooms”. We decided to make the two bedrooms on one end of the former doublewide into my crafting studio, which turned out absolutely perfect! In time, I will blog with pix or a video on the studio, but for now we will check out the EBR.
The EBR is a 44′ long by 14′ wide addition. It has a space for guests (we can sleep four) and a multipurpose space. When I say “multipurpose”, I’m not kidding! Everything in the room can be moved to make new space. The sky is the limit! Well, actually, the ceiling and walls are the limit, but you know.
The guests have privacy, as far as the rest of the house goes. They use the full bath in the studio, have complete access to the kitchen and porches, can bring their pups, and otherwise are comfy cozy. Note the doggie door on the bedroom side- it leads out to an area as big as any pup could ever want. So far, all visiting pups have fit through it just fine.
“But what about their “own” room?” You may ask. Well, it’s like this: the house in Savannah as well as most of the homes we’ve owned have at least three bedrooms. We were just keeping those rooms in the event someone may come to visit. It just didn’t make good financial sense to us. Unless you live in a huge house, rooms are at a prime and we want to utilize every inch.
Besides, since our kids grew up and moved away, we simply didn’t need two extra rooms to heat and cool, or to pay taxes and insurance on. While I kept one room for guests at our Savannah home, I used the other one every single day for a small crafting studio.
So we designed this home to have one bedroom, the master, and the multipurpose room where we do the following:
Accommodate weekend guests
Accommodate weeklong grandLittles
Host Bible Studies (see the tables along one side)
Host card making classes (I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator) shameless plug: https://kathybo.stampinup.net
Host spaghetti / taco / hotdogs and burgers dinners for as many as 20!
Sewing, lots of sewing!
Set up a projector and a movie screen for the kids, mattress on floor so they can all stretch out, and popcorn and snacks during the movie
Exercise (There’s a Wii Fit)
And lots more than I can recall right now!
So you’re probably wondering why we call it the EBR, right? Well, we moved due to our grandLittle Wren’s need for us to help out. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 16 months old. She will be FIVE in two weeks, y’all! Anyway, we had some tremendous emotional baggage as a result of her catastrophic illness along with our subsequent move and unprecedented difficult journey trying to get settled.
So we named it the Emotional Baggage Room, aka: the EBR. And we have seen more emotional baggage than our fair share!
So here’s it is, folks. I don’t have a “before” and “after” because we created it. It’s just right for us, and we hope our guests enjoy it too, regardless of their baggage!
There will be curtains eventually, but it’s not a priority yet. We have considered a room divider but we aren’t sure if we want one or not.
Those quilts on the wall cover shelves that hold fabric for our sewing projects. Yes, I said “our”. Ninja Man actually made the quilt you see hanging, the one with dark blue lines. It’s all machine embroidered too!
Well, that’s the story of the EBR, the room that makes some wonder but makes perfect sense to us!
Thanks for stopping by, and God bless!