Skip to main content

Loft Face-lift

When we first were looking at park models, we intended to forgo a loft due to finances. I'm so glad we changed our minds. That loft has given us a lot more flexibility as a growing family than we would have without it.

Primarily, the loft has been my husband's "man cave," where he keeps his computer and gaming equipment, but we  also keep the cat litter box up there. For a brief time, we had a litter box downstairs, and that was a nightmare with cat litter being tracked all over our house. Never again.

When I was pregnant with Sunshine, we temporarily moved a queen mattress up there so we could turn the bedroom into a nursery. However, due to issues with the cat urinating on the mattress, we ultimately decided that wasn't going to work. (The cat is nearly twelve years old now. When, she dies, we will not be replacing her.)

With the big mattress gone and Chris's  stuff relegated to one corner, the loft sort of became a catchall for all sorts of random junk. It was an eyesore, and I rarely even went up there. 

Earlier this summer, we found out that Chris needed dental surgery, and when the dentist recommended Chris take it easy for a few days afterwards, we were a bit stumped about how to accomplish that in our tiny home.

Sweetheart (1) still takes daily naps in the bedroom, so that room is off limits in the afternoon aside from sleeping. With two active children, not much relaxing happens in the living room during the day, either.

That left the loft. It needed a major overhaul to become a relaxing space, though. Ultimately, the idea of turning it into a second living area started to have a huge appeal. We decided to go for it.

Over the last couple of months, we've been working hard to fix it up. We've cleaned and consolidated and made several runs to the dump. We shampooed the carpet, deep cleaned the windows, and painted the walls. We then rearranged the space, moving the cat litter into the corner (pictured above during the painting process) where Chris used to keep his computer and moving all of his gaming equipment out of that corner into a more centralized location along one wall.  Then we bought some carefully chosen furniture, including a low couch that easily doubles as a single bed.

We aren't quite finished organizing yet, and we are planning to create an enclosed play space for our kids in the far corner soon, but the hard work has definitely paid off already. It feels like we have added another room to our house.

I sometimes crawl up there just to sit and enjoy having a few quiet minutes to myself, at least until someone comes looking for me.

I am amazed at how much of a difference it makes when we take a poorly utilized part of our house and remake it into a practical space that we all love. When every square foot matters, a few simple changes can reap huge benefits in the long run.


Popular posts from this blog

Living in a Small Home with Kids: 10 Reasons It Might Not Be Right for You

I recently read a great article over at The Tiny House asking "How Big Can a Tiny House Be?" In his post, Ethan ponders the definition of "tiny" when it come to little houses and concludes that the perfect "tiny" house is whatever size meets your needs, whether that is less than 100 square feet or much, much bigger. I think his conclusion is sound. He points out that even if a small house is too small for you, you can still benefit from some of the tenets of tiny house living. I would include living within your means and being mindful of the environmental impact of your chosen lifestyle as practices that anyone can enact, regardless of their home size.

If living large (or larger than we do!) is your thing, you'll hear no judgment from me. Living in a small home might sound romantic or adventurous, but the obvious truth is that there are downsides to the tiny house lifestyle. It's not all sunshine and roses, and you have to be committed to making i…

The Floorplan that We Call Home

I have been hoping to give you all a little more detail of what our home actually looks like, and when I was looking through some of my old photos and videos the other day, I stumbled upon this video footage of a home similar to ours that I took when we were still picking out our floorplan.
There are some minor differences since this is not our actual home, so some of the finish work is not the same. We have white appliances and a few more windows, particularly in the entry door at the foot of the stairs and in the dining area, where we have a bay window. We also have taped and textured walls, so it looks more like a real home. Our electric panel is accessed from the outdoors rather than the bedroom (which Chris says would be much more convenient, but I call it an eyesore), and we have extra storage cabinets next to the the door at the base of the stairs. We decided to forgo the porch options, so the front of our living room is covered in wall to wall windows with a sliding glass door…

Tiny House KonMari

A couple of years ago, some friends of mine read the bestselling book about decluttering, Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpAt the time, I was intrigued by the whole "KonMari" thing as I watched my friends completely overhaul their homes in one fell swoop. It was a way of decluttering that I had never really heard of before, and apparently, it had become all the rage.

For those of you who are not familiar with the KonMari method of tidying, the basic idea is that you sort belongings one category (rather than one room or area) at a time, choosing to keep only those items which "spark joy." (Spark Joy is in fact the name of Kondo's follow up book.) Following the method outlined in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is supposed to result in not only a less cluttered house but also a changed way of thinking about one's belongings and living space. This major purge is supposedly a once-and-done, life-altering event, and my friends who …