Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Upstairs Maze - and a Question

I have made references to the second floor of our house being strangely laid out, but there is just no way to do that justice through description - so I made this not-at-all-to-scale floorplan in Google Sketch-Up. 
Like I said - weird.  Oh, I wasn't sure how to show windows, so those spots where the wall appears to be missing?  Those are the windows.  For reference, Luke's room is at the front of the house, facing the road (which is blocked by trees anyway, so there aren't any privacy issues there).  Oh, and yes - the hallway really is over four feet across - it is oddly wide. 

I want to run something past you guys, and see if it makes sense to anyone outside of my brain.  As you can see in our room, we have a very small closet (that is doorless to boot), but Luke's room has a very large closet.  Now, we actually have our clothes in his closet at the moment, but I was thinking...

WHAT IF I switch out the playroom with Luke's closet?  That way our clothes would be accessible to us at all times, and the toys would be accessible through his room only.  The con that I see immediately is that there is no window in the closet, but there is a light, so it isn't a huge deal right?  We also have been having some trouble with the boys closing the playroom door during the day (and it somehow locks itself).  So far no one has gotten locked in...but I think it is just a matter of time UNLESS I just keep that door closed as a preventative measure, and if it is a closet we would keep the door closed pretty much all the time anyway.  

Please feel free to weigh in - especially those of you that have actually been to our house!

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  1. Have you asked the landlord about putting a closing door on the room you're sleeping in so Luke could be in there after all? If that wouldn't work out then it does seem like a playroom-closet makes sense.

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    1. As nice as she is, she typically just kind of shrugs and says "its an old house". She...isn't all that great with stuff like that unfortunately.

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  2. I agree with Annabel about getting a working door on your room and putting Luke in that room. That would be the 1st scenario I'd want.
    Otherwise, what you are describing would work. It just wouldn't be as accessible for Jack if Luke is sleeping.

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  3. Yeah, I'd switch your bedroom to Luke's, etc. Then you have the big closet that you have CONTROL over (like at present-hiding times!), and the boys still have a playroom with some natural light. Either way, have fun!
    Deb

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    1. Haha thanks Deb! That is a good point about the presents - we tried to hide them under our bed and I found Jack playing with one already :/

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  4. I totally agree with you guys, and that is what our first try was - but it just didnt work for us to be in that room and him to be in ours. Bah! Haha

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    1. Is the door warped or is the door frame dropping? Is the door not closing just because it seems too big for the door frame? If so, can you just shave it down so it's smaller? Might be a simpler fix then you could move him. Just throwing out a suggestion. Good luck!

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    2. I think, and I am no expert by ANY stretch of the word, that due to the house settling (it IS old, and the floors are uneven upstairs - like a lot of farmhouses) that the door frame has gotten kind of warped. The probblem is that the upper top of the door hits the frame. I mean - if we yank it hard enough it will close, but it then sticks and the sound wakes Luke up. We considered planing the door, but it is just a cheap hollow core door, so that wont really work.

      It is entirely possible that there is an easy solution that I just dont know about, and that is what I love about the big ol' internet!!

      Keep the suggestions coming! I really do appreciate that you are helping work through it with us!

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  5. Bekah, You can plane down a hollow core door. It has a two inch solid wood piece all around the outside of the door which would allow you to plane it sufficiently to get it to close. Just mark it with a pencil before taking it off the hinges. If you don't have a good plane to use, just cut it with a circular or jig saw, then sand it smooth.

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    1. woah! I will have to see if that is something we can get finished soon! Haha thanks Susan! You just changed the whole game!!!

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  6. so random suggestion for the door closing thing- I had my MIL sew up (cause I have no machine at home) a "door muffler (google it or search pinterest). It is awesome and we have it on Desmond's room which is also the playroom. It keeps the door quiet for when he's asleep but also keeps the boys from getting locked in because it holds the latch inside the door so Kai can just pull the knob without turning. Does that even make sense? Anyway, thought that could help with that little issue anyway.
    As far as a closet as a playroom, I think it could work. My parents had my little brothers room in their doorless walk in closet for a while before the addition to their house. I do wish I had your closet space, ALL of our closets are small.

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