My last post reflected a bit of a desperate meltdown. I’m happy to say, despite the critics and naysayers, we stepped back, compared our challenges to our abilities and realized what we needed was help.
We found a contractor who, at this writing, seems to be awesome. Let’s hope all goes as planned. Ninja Man and I are pretty confident that it’s working out well with him. No pre-pay, we pay him on Saturday for his work during the week. We buy the materials. It’s a good plan.
Meanwhile, this is costing more than we anticipated. The trade off is that we have help! The crew comes in and knocks out in one day what took us the better part of a week.
Our contractor is doing the floors and walls. That is, removing ALL sub flooring and that hideous paneling, PLUS… are y’all ready for this? A few walls.
I’m pretty happy about that.
This home is a 3 bedroom. Mind if I tell you what I think about that? Well, here’s my theory:
I believe in usable space. That makes our lifestyle a bit quirky, such as: that dining room where the family gathers for Sunday dinner? Well, in our case since it’s just the two of us most of the time, so that Sunday dinner thing really meant Thanksgiving.
One day when I was particularly frustrated with the annual utilization of the dining room and the possible seven-night per year usage of only one of our two guest rooms, I did the “math”.
Disclaimer: I’m not a mathematician- but- it just made sense to me to figure it this way:
Add mortgage payment, HOA fee (yeah, THAT thing), monthly utilities and insurance. Divide that by the number of rooms in the house. It’s pretty generalized but gives a halfway decent idea of how much these rooms cost us per month.
I scratched my head and figured it again.
Yep. These rooms were costing us a small fortune just to sit there looking pretty in the slight chance someone may come to visit.
I’ll try to insert some pics later- but cute as these rooms were, we weren’t USING them. What we were doing was PAYING for them to sit void of use throughout the year.
At first, the dining room was converted into a library, which we rarely used. But once we added some specialty machines, it became my sewing studio.
Those TWO guest rooms? Yeah. Easy to figure what to do there. I’m a serious crafter and man, I needed space. Ninja Man’s hobby could fit on a card table, so we found it a no-brainer to turn one of the guest rooms into a crafting studio. His card table hobby is in the garage and he has a great setup that he loves.
This change meant:
Our rooms are truly in use!
No wasted space.
One guest room, because there are some friends and family who do come to see us.
And freedom! Freedom of doing what everyone expects and freedom to be quirky as well as resourceful.
So what has this got to do with Six Little Acres?
This is a three-bedroom-about-to-be-a-one-or-two-bedroom UTILIZED-space home. “One or two” means we are removing walls and closets (yep! CLOSETS) and making two bedrooms into one. This large space may become our master bedroom, or, as originally planned, my studio.
I don’t want to spoil all the fun so I’ll leave you with this:
We are going to install two of these in two separate areas of the house. Which style do you like best? I’m loving #1, but that could be because I’m pretty sure I can find those doors at Habitat for Humanity.
Just comment below and I’d love it if you would share my post! Maybe I’ll have a giveaway at some point- right now all I have to share is a lot of faith and sawdust.
God bless y’all! Thanks for stopping by.