Friday, March 20, 2015

We have a very tall, unfinished basement. There is a room off to one side, that has one window, that will be a playroom. There's a wood stove in the main part of the basement, but no heat in this area. Thinking maybe an electric fireplace unit? Not sure, but at this point, it will be done in the spring and won't need heat for a few months.

We have the manstad couch from ikea, which folds out into a full size bed. It's moving down there, to serve as a sleepover/guest space. And I have an existing dresser painted orange, so I'm thinking navy/gray/orange.

As far as the ceiling, we need to have something that's easy, accessible, and self supporting, but looks good. A dropped ceiling would be ideal if it weren't so awful. However, the room is not even 8' wide, so our options open up. At which point I realize that roofing materials easily span 8', and lovely pinterest shows me people use that as ceiling. Corrugated metal ceiling, which will also help direct sunlight from that single, high window:

Oh, there's also a 7' x 7' bumpout, which we had initially planned as a wine cellar. Now we are thinking gym space, but ideally we would build a platform at about 7' tall, as an interior tree house. Again, we have 14' of height in there. And a child who *loves* to climb. So it will likely be accessed with a rope swing or climbing wall or both. I'm in love with the ikea "physical play" line, but they seem to have discontinued the circus-type apparatus which I really wanted.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A few pictures for your Thursday viewing pleasure. First, the before (with a hint of the amazing view):

Then, this is what it would look like (sort of, free app + screen shot = not the best quality):

Lastly, the plan for the first phase, including the utility space, raised roof, new windows, and screen porch.

Friday, November 07, 2014

The bathroom.

So we want to have a “real” stair, rather than a ladder to the loft. I’ve got it planned out such that it’s a (pretty steep) straight run, leading to a landing, which is above the shower. The last step is to the side. So inside the bathroom, part of it is under the stair. I have a plan which involves building in a dog area, and despite pinterest and google image searches, no one has quite done what I’m going for. Since the dogs will only need the first 3’ or so, we’ll have some storage above. In a house this tiny, we need to eke out storage anywhere we can.

One thing that I love is the ikea lillangen line – they have a 10” deep sink with vanity cabinet below! Bonus, it's really great to look at.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Kids' room.

So here's the thing. The kids loft is going to be about 12'x13'. Tiny. The way it lays out, I can have 3 beds side by side, with the feet in the low slope. I'm thinking I will do all white bedding, with different color accents. The two boys can have the blue quilt, the girl the pink/red, and then maybe a green pillow, a blue pillow, and a red pillow, yes?

The beds themselves would actually just be slatted bases, with low legs added.

Ideally, I would have a little unit that's the headboard/storage - because we will roll up all of the bedding and mattresses and stick them in there, and it would seal up nicely, and vermin would stay away. This would be perfect, but they're $350 each. 

Oh did I mention we are on a strict budget? Well, we are. I've considered trying to find lateral files (yes, metal office furniture) on craigslist and painting them, but even that's not that cheap. Any ideas?

So I always have about 2409 projects in my head. I'm going to write about them here.

First of all, we own some property that has a "cabin" on it. This cabin is 12' x 16', with a tiny sleeping loft. The short term plan is that it's being put onto a slab - like this week! The second phase plan involves converting it into a kitchen and bathroom, where the kids would sleep upstairs, and we would sleep in the kitchen/living room. Shortly after we would raise the roof a bit, and add a screen/sleeping porch. Then in the next several years, add a larger "living" building (16x20 is the plan) with a bedroom and living room, and a wood stove.

Much of this planning is being done with sketchup and the ikea kitchen planner. Soon I will add in images.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Introducing "notes from my daughter".

It is going to be the last time you will see me. Love, Massima

Slam in your face.

Friday, July 29, 2011


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