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"I want a room like that."

The other day, Sunshine happened to be watching as I played a tiny house video tour on the Living Big in a Tiny House YouTube channel. Built by Ben Garratt of Healthy Homes, the "Rochette" belongs to a family of four with two young children, and when the tour got to the children's shared loft bedroom, Sunshine was enamored. She kept telling us that she wants a room like that. (See this page for photos and details of this gorgeous tiny house on wheels, and especially note the children's bedroom.)

We have toyed off and on with a number of ideas for where everyone will sleep as the years pass and our children grow. Right now they sleep in the downstairs bedroom, which simplifies our lives a lot. They have a quiet place to rest, and we have privacy on the other side of the closed door after they go to sleep.

The past few months, we have been working to fix up the loft space into something much more inviting. It's currently a game room of sorts where Chris hangs out a lot, and we're hoping to debut Sunshine's special corner around Christmastime. However, long term, I see that loft space gradually morphing into a play room and ultimately a shared bedroom for our children. Though the ceiling is low, the loft itself has the most square footage of any one room in our house (an estimated 150 square feet), and it would make a fantastic bedroom space for the girls someday when they are both old enough to go up and down the stairs safely. I envision it much like the loft bedroom in the Rochette, with walls and a door to keep the space private. I think perhaps a window with shutters or a barn-door covering that opens to the living room below might be a great way to keep the loft feeling more open for play time and more quiet and private for bedtime.

We dream of having a satellite game room someday where we can hang out as a family and have space for a washer and dryer and a little extra storage, and hopefully if those plans come to fruition, and we move all of Chris's gaming equipment into the new space, we will be able to start working on turning that loft into a kid zone.

That's our current plan, anyway.

It warmed my heart to see Sunshine so excited about a loft bedroom very similar to the one we're hoping to give her and Sweetheart someday. We have a couple years before Sweetheart will be able to safely navigate the stairs, and here's to hoping we can make it happen by then!


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