We bought our house a few years ago with the intention of expanding our family. It was also important to have a guest room for when family visit.
This house has 4 bedrooms. The house is a 1920’s bungalow, originally a 2 bedroom/1 bath. In 1990 the previous owners converted the attic to upstairs living space and added a master suite, another bedroom and a little living area. I will include the pictures (from the redfin listing):
The master bedroom is insanely huge. In some ways it’s a weird use of space. Logan’s room is currently the other bedroom upstairs:
Logan’s room is small and has slanted ceilings, which makes it a challenging room for anyone over 5 feet tall. 😉 The other “room” upstairs is a nook:
The nook is a cool space, but kind of weird. Again, slanted ceilings, so hard for tall people. No walls, completely open. The space was originally a music area for Michael and a play area for Logan. When Covid hit and we were working from home, Michael turned this space into his office.
Downstairs, bedroom #1 is the guest room:
Because this is the original part of the house, the bedrooms downstairs are pretty small. A queen size bed and two nightstands fit nicely in that room with a TV stand and a chair. (The above picture is not the current look.)
The other room downstairs is the office:
So here is the conundrum. We have this house that SHOULD work for our growing family. But my brain is trying to decipher the jigsaw puzzle of how to make everything work and I feel like I am trying to answer an SAT question. Help! Maybe you guys have some ideas/suggestions.
When we bought the house we assumed that eventually Logan’s bedroom would move downstairs to one of the other rooms. That was always the plan. With covid, Michael and I will be working from home on some regular basis (hybrid at the very least) for the foreseeable future. Because of our different jobs and the nature of the jobs, I think it would be difficult for us to share the same office space. So that is AN OPTION but not an ideal one.
We turn the guest room into Logan’s room. Logan’s room becomes the nursery. The guest room goes away.
Same scenario as above with the bedrooms, but the guest room gets moved to the nook. It’s not ideal because it’s not private, but we use the guest room currently probably 6x a year at most. We can get a privacy screen for when guests visit. Combine the two offices in some way.
Same scenario as #2, but the nook guest room has a couch that folds into a bed for the times we do have guests. Keep Michael’s office in the nook. Condense the two spaces.
Nursery goes into the nook. Logan’s room stays as it is upstairs. The guest room downstairs gets converted into a guest room/Michael’s office.
Least desirable for me — move Michael’s office into the extra space of our bedroom. I kind of hate this idea because it would be an eyesore and not very relaxing for the sanctuary I am trying to create for our bedroom.
Logan and Baby share a room and we use the guest room downstairs as their bedroom and turn Logan’s room upstairs into the guest room. This could be challenging with their age differences and sleep schedule differences.
While we definitely have time to figure this all out, and once the baby is here she’ll be in our room for the first few months. But I know myself and I know I will want to nest and get stuff set up.
Any ideas welcome!