As I have mentioned in the past, our biggest dilemma right now is space. We live in a smallish house. We love the neighborhood, but would love a little more room. We have three children and have a 3 bedroom house with 1 1/2 bathrooms, attic and no basement. We have the girls sharing a room, and in all honesty I like that they share a room. The problem is that there is really no where for them to play amongst themselves or when they have friends over without being disruptive to everyone else. I love that I can watch everything they do, but there are days that I have a lot to get done and I do not want to tell them they have to keep it down when they really are not doing anything wrong.
Outdoor Living Space
There are only a few options we have to resolve this lack of space issue. The first option we have is to sell and buy a larger home, which I do not think is realistic at this point. Since the decline of the economy our house depreciated so much in value that we would barely even get enough money for our home to cover our outstanding mortgage, let alone have any money for a down payment on a new home. Besides that, we are really not in the financial position to purchase a new home. The second option would be to extend our second floor over our living room, which has a cathedral ceiling. This would involve raising the roof, and obviously a lot of expense. The third option would be to create more outdoor living space by building an enclosed, heated sunroom.
Currently I try hard to make better use of our living space by getting rid of clutter and having things mounted to the wall wherever possible. Although with having young children there still seems to be a lot of “stuff”. As they get older though we are able to get rid of some of the larger items that they no longer play with, such as their kitchen set. It was wonderful at the time, but now I am ready to have the space back!
Outside we have some of their larger outdoor toys such as a slide, climbing cube and sandbox in a 20 x 20 mulched area. This is the area I am thinking we can do something with the kids, as they get older. I considered getting a canopy with outdoor furniture and a fire pit, which sounds nice but I do not know how practical it would be in the middle of winter or at the hottest time of the summer. I would somehow like to make that area an outdoor living space where the kids can go to hangout and/or play. Perhaps an enclosed Sun Room? We may be limited to the 10 feet again, which may be okay. It would be trade off though since we have a small yard, it would take up a considerable amount of our yard.
It seems that by the time we have this figured out it may not even be worth it any more! Have you ever added an addition or created more living space for your family? I am curious how others have resolved this problem!