So here’s a brief outline of something we’re pondering right now.
In the spirit of true American consumerism, David and I have a GIANT master suite in our house. It’s big. And the bathroom has a garden tub, two sinks, a water closet, and a huge walk-in closet.
(side note…maybe someday I will blog on the teeny common areas versus the giant bedrooms in new homes today and what that says about people wanting to be together)
In addition to that, we have three other bedrooms upstairs: two are dedicated to the boys right now (two sets of bunks, one in each room), and one is a guest room.
We have pondered adding a room upstairs, over our living room (which if you haven’t been in our house is a little hard to picture, but take my word for it), but now it appears that doing that may entail more than we were originally up for, time wise and money wise. We haven’t officially decided against that yet — we have one more contractor to talk with first — but it seems like it might be more trouble than we originally thought.
Now, you must know something about me. I am incredibly attached to the idea of a guest room. I love being able to say to people, “hey, if you don’t mind sharing a bathroom with little boys, we have a spot for you.” Just two weeks ago, we were able to host a young lady who’s dating one of David’s coworkers and needed a place to crash. It was sweet to be able to get to know both of them better over muffins and tea in the mornings. It’s also nice to say to babysitters that they can stay here if we’re going to be late. And we have a lot of family that comes in and out for visits.
So getting rid of the guest room is a last resort for me. Even when we were in a tiny two-bedroom apartment in Northern California, we had a double bed set up in the boys’ room with them. It’s pretty important to us.
But we have a little girl coming at the end of the summer, and eventually we’d like her to not have to share a room with her brothers.
So we’re thinking about putting all the boys in the master bedroom. Four in a big room, dormitory-style. Two sets of bunk beds in one room, and they’d have lots of room to spare.
Pros, as I see them: hanging on to the guest room. A bigger bathroom for them all to crowd into at bedtime, so it’s not four people clamoring for a single sink in a tiny bathroom (they already shower and bathe in our bathroom the majority of the time). Setting up a laundry-sorting system in their closet, because there’s enough room for a sorter in the big closet. And it just seems to make more sense, number-wise…two people in a smaller room, four people in a bigger room. And we could probably put some of the current toy nightmare that occupies the schoolroom in the bedroom, leaving more room for school.
Cons, as I see them: I would miss the closet. Potential for extreme rowdiness at bedtime with the number of children in the room doubled. Possible claustrophobia in a smaller bedroom and bathroom for us. (though we don’t really spend that much time in our bedroom)
The other option would be converting the guest room into our little girl’s room, and eventually having her sleep in a double bed when she gets out of her crib. Although, at first blush, that smacks so much of “princess” it makes me cringe.
What am I not thinking of? What have I left out? Will we regret this if we try it?