Ok, so this is definitely going to be one of those “life gets kind of messy, everything is not always pretty & perfect” kinds of posts!!
I think when you’re doing something as overwhelming as a complete gut renovation home remodel, it can be really tempting to just show the after. Because let’s face it, the after is polished & put together and makes for much prettier blog pictures! And honestly, I think part of it is that we just want to focus on the positive and all that we have gotten done, versus ALL that there still is to do! But that can probably lead to the illusion from the outside looking in that everything was just automatically finished and perfect right away. And that we’re some sort of superheroes, who secretly redo homes in our sleep. When actually, nothing could be further from the truth!
And while the “after” might make for the prettier pictures, I think the “before” and the “yep, still ongoing” are the ones that tell the story. The ones that are honest. And the ones that are far more interesting.
So in light of that, today I wanted to share with you guys a room in our house that has honestly just….perplexed us for the last four years. I just have NO idea what to do with this space. It’s a little complicated because when we first bought the house it was actually a two family home. And this room was the second kitchen in the house. So the first thought was we would keep both and the first floor kitchen would be our “business kitchen” for hosting workshops & entertaining clients, but that the second floor kitchen would be our “real” kitchen. However, after living in the house for a while and figuring out the patterns of life and what it looks like to live here, we realized that the first floor kitchen by FAR makes more sense as our main (and only) kitchen. It has the better floor plan, the better flow. And after talking to some real estate expert clients of ours, we decided to fully convert to a single family house (single family is more attractive to future buyers of waterfront property) and now we have no need for a kitchen on the second floor.
So what we’re left with is this really weird room, that is still very much a raw space: unfinished dry wall, pipes sticking out of the floor (that would have been for the island), these three random pendant lights (that we installed to go over the future island), exposed wires, broken molding…the whole works. Let me tell you, it is totally awesome to walk through every day. :) :) But because we have no idea what to do with it, it’s just sort of stayed…stuck. It’s funny how indecision can cause paralysis isn’t it? :)
So now we’re looking for suggestions as to what on earth to do with this room!
To give you an idea, it is an open room/ flow area at the top of the second floor, so you come right up the stairs into it. This first picture is the perspective coming up the stairs. That door straight to the front used to go to the second floor back deck which we just removed, so we’ll be closing that off eventually. The door on the left goes into our laundry room. And just outside of frame straight to the left is the door to the guest room.
This is the perspective from that window you see in the picture above, looking right. You can see into the guest bedroom and you can also see how there are these two hallways on either side of the door to the stair that both lead out to our main second floor living room.
This is the view from the window looking left, so the room kind of makes this “L” shape.
Some possible ideas we have thrown around are to turn it into a morning room/sitting area. As you can see, it gets really great light and it would be cool to sit there and read a book in the morning or fold laundry in the afternoon. But we don’t have any shortage of sitting areas in this house! We have a first floor meeting room, a second floor main living room, and a third floor bedroom sitting area. So that’s a lot of sitting! LOL!
The long term plan will be to extend that wall right behind the trunk where the suitcases are in that third picture up to that second window and make a huge master bathroom one day. But that’s a long way away! And even then we’ll still have that front part of the room as open space.
So that’s it, we’re open to suggestions! What on EARTH do we do with this room? Weigh in!
Happy Friday friends!