Make Room for Babies!

As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t live in the worlds largest house. It’s perfect for Charlie and I, and we had planned on having our first child in this home. Little did we know we would be having TWINS! Selling this house and buying a new one is too much to handle right now, especially with a high risk pregnancy, so we have to make some adjustments to our house to fit our TWO babies (sorry I’m still pinching myself!).

We have two bedrooms, one is our bedroom, and the other has been a guest room that also houses a makeshift closet with the washer/dryer and hot water heater.

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And when I say makeshift, I mean MAKESHIFT. Not only does it not go all the way to the ceiling, or have a “roof”, it cuts a window right in half.

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Like how I figured out a way to take a picture of this fully mirrored closet without me in it? When there is a will there is a way. I promise I’ll share some bump pictures soon, but today is not that day. 

Having this closet in a baby’s room is not ideal, but we were willing to live with it. When we found out we would need to fit 2 cribs in this room, plans changed.

Switching gears to the other side of the house…

On the far side of our living room is a sunroom that is not functional at all due to the lack of efficient sliding doors/windows. It has heat and air, but with no insulation, and super old doors, it’s either an icebox in the winter or a sauna in the summer. Since we’ve moved in, it’s just been our storage room as well as a place where we’ve kept filing cabinets and office supplies.

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So in order to maximize our square footage and make room for our sweet little ones coming in December, we’re moving some things around. Here is the new layout of our sunroom:

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The sunroom will be closed in and insulated, all sliding doors removed, and a new window added over a built in desk, overlooking the back yard. We’ll also add a closet where we’ll relocate the washer/dryer and water heater. Since the ceilings are high in this room, the closet will be floor to ceiling, with added storage above the washer/dryer closet as well as a linen closet next to it. I can’t even begin to describe the excitement I have over this added storage!

On the other side of the sunroom (what will we call it when it’s no longer a sunroom? Open for suggestions…) we’ll have a built in desk with filing cabinets underneath. I haven’t had a dedicated work space in our house so I’m thrilled to finally have one! I realize that phone conversations may be difficult with the laundry in the same room but it’s better than what I have now so I’m OK with that.

The weird closet in the babies room will be removed. This will give us a lot of extra space and make this room so much more user friendly, not only for our family, but when we go to sell the house down the road.

We are so stinkin excited for everything to be completed. I’ve been bouncing (as much as a pregnant woman can bounce) from room to room just imagining all the changes and how much more room we’ll have!

A contractor/friend is doing this for us and will take about 2 weeks total, so Charlie and I are moving to my parents house for a couple of weeks, to stay away from the dust and chaos. I’ll have plenty of after pictures once we’re back in!

And if you’re wondering about nursery plans, I haven’t gotten there yet. Of course I have a ton of ideas racing through my head, but we don’t know if we’ll be having boys or girls yet so I’m hitting pause until we do. We did have to decide on a paint color for the nursery so I went with trusty white, the same white I painted our master bedroom: BM white dove. I love the affect it has on a room, especially a small room. I feel like I have plenty of years ahead when we will have our kids input on paint colors for their rooms, and it probably won’t be white, so I’m soaking it in while I can. 🙂

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