What a wild ride this has been…..but we did it! A whole bedroom built from the studs up. I am not even sure that I can share exactly how excited the girls were to get this done. We have been talking about this since […]
Well – the majority of what we want to finish construction wise is complete on the main floor. So I am moving on up those stairs and getting my game plan set for the attic. The girls will be sharing ~700 sq ft with their own bathroom. I dropped some info into a room builder to play with layouts and I will start with this:
The plumbing lines were already run when I started on this version. It was pretty easy to decide where the beds and desk would go based on the walls clustered together on one side of the room. After some exploration, we found some issues with the plumbing that was roughed in. Based on that knowledge we feel good about moving the bathroom to the center of the attic. That aligns the plumbing lines with what is on the first floor and basement…..but it does make things more difficult for me in designing the room.
The bathroom will have the only ‘walls’ extending into the room. I have decided to either use wooden slats or metal rods from floor to ceiling around the stairs to keep as much natural light flowing through the room as possible. There are only a few furniture pieces that are must haves from the girls perspective:
- 2 beds
- 2 desks
- 2 chairs
- 2 toy chests
- 1 set of cubbyholes
- bean bag chairs
Everything else is optional and I think we will keep it pretty minimal as a start to ensure that I do not over fill it!
Jules and Jane came to me with a plan – they would like the base color to be grey and white. Then they can each pick another color to highlight what is theirs. Jules would like blue or teal – Jane would like pink. Color me surprised 🙂 We will pick and choose what from what we have and then do some bargain hunting at the stores we have locally.
Jane’s Room in MT
Jules’ Room in MT
Jules’ Room in ND
and here we go!
Our first house was not even 900 sq feet total. You read that right, NOT EVEN 900 sq ft – and we were happy there. The first 2 1/2 years of Jules’ life was in a 2 bedroom 1 bath with a big garage. We fit well in that house but concerns about school districts spurred us into looking for a new one. We ended up with more than double the space in the blue house and it was sitting on 1/2 acre of land as well. It did not take long to fill that house to overflowing with stuff. A full house, a full garage, a full playhouse and a full shed. Jeez.
Now we just purchased a new place in North Dakota and as we are planning how to move forward with our plans, I am reminded of a post I read in Life Edited. Life Edited pulled the below image from a Wall Street Journal article about the book “Life at Home in the 21st Century”. (once again you read that right…a post about an article about a book) It’s really the Life Edited post that opened my eyes with their round up of data on house square footage and the change that has occurred over the past 50 years. It mirrors what Dave and I did. We started with less than 900 sq ft and doubled it for our next place. But how we lived in that larger space is echoed in this image.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the average newly constructed home is 2,422 (as of 2017) – this is actually a decrease from 2015 where the average reached an all time high of 2,467.
I hope that means that more people are realizing that there are places in their house that they never use……AND that having that extra room invites us to have more crapola. How can we fight off the inevitable creep of stuff?
Reminder as to what my library clean out looked like:
*and that’s just one room! I shudder just looking at it.
Does all that extra space make you happy or just frustrated that you have to clean a room that you rarely step foot in or has your ‘stuff’ there for the guests that stay twice a year.
Here are some handy data points from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (I love data points!!)
Click here for the webpage
UG! Ladies!!!! 2 hours and 15 minutes? Let’s stack your day with work, house work and then free time……The average commute time in the US is 25 minutes. Say closing time is 5 pm, you will be rolling up to your house around 5:30pm and starting your household chores (not including the actual time it takes to eat the food you prep)….your free time starts at 7:45. Ew.
Stay tuned for my plans on how to keep this to the minimum for our family.
**Also on a final note – this post on 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own from Becoming Minimalist is an eye opener.
When we first met, Dave took me to his hometown in North Dakota and I fell in love. Peeps- it’s small, 20 people small. But we decided that we would end up there…..granted I always thought it would be closer to retirement, but life happens. You guessed it. We now live in super small town North Dakota…..our addition to the town has increased the population by 17%.
Seriously! We are 20 miles from a town of 2,500 and 60 miles from a town of 30,000.
We rented the only house available – waiting for something, anything.
And lo- a House was available for sale.
It needed some love but we are here for it.
The House is a cute little Cape Cod. Never thought it would be my style, but surprisingly I have really fallen for it.
The upstairs belongs to the girls
That’s the quick story of our Prairie life – more to come on our Lake life.