Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Now here's a bit of the background info that you may not know.
Dave's bedroom is upstairs in the loft, and now I sleep downstairs in the guest room because I have to share the queen size bed with the dogs. Dave only sleeps 2-4 hours a night and recently he has been hanging out with his night owl friends, coming home at 2am, having a bite to eat and waking us all up. When he is down for the night, I go up every two hours to give him his pills, walking upstairs and downstairs each time. Then I am pretty close to being awake, but like any mom, I can usually fall back to sleep quickly. My knees are not happy with this trek.
We NEED to be on the same floor.
The solution is for Dave to move into the studio and my stuff from the studio needs to go upstairs into the loft spaces. This is how it was when we first moved in! There is a storage space/closet in the loft bedroom where I could store my massive amount of quilts, but it has such a low ceiling that it does not work well for daily use. I bump my head every time I go in there.
Currently I use the small downstairs closet outside the studio that holds most of my quilts. (I have even more elsewhere).
If these quilts were upstairs, Dave would have access to this closet, right outside the studio.
But not enough space for all his stuff, (five or six guitars, speakers, amplifiers, etc.) which means we still need a closet somewhere else and that would be the bubble tub room. While I have been purging, he has been collecting. Nuff said.
If Dave moved back into the studio, we could make it like an apartment. It has its own entrance to the driveway where he could come and go quietly, and since it was built as an afterthought, the door connecting it to the rest of the house is a heavy one, reducing the tv, stereo or electric guitar sound to a whisper.
And I could waddle in for pill time without having to climb stairs!
We do have a walk in shower, and I am hoping our contractor can squeeze in a shower/bath combo in that same space, altho there is the stack in the way from the upstairs powder room. We await his estimate.
No family with kids would buy this house, because of its quirky design, with too few closets and only one full bath. Not to mention that there are no other kids within miles of this house. However it is pretty much alright for retirees like us. The huge garage and tool shed make it a man's paradise.
We are currently trying to find a way for a second full bath for the studio 'apartment'. It is built on a slab, so that presents a bit of a problem.
Moving me upstairs will not change my creative output too much. I will have a sewing room with a shorter pinup wall, and a painting space, a sink and toilet, as well as a bed for naps. I need a nap most days. I'll still have the dogs at night in the queen bed...it's their choice, not mine.
at 7:26 AM