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The multipurpose room

March 18, 2009


This old house, the foremost charm and challenge of our country life, is about to get bigger and newer. The blueprints for our addition, which will add 1,000 square feet of useful new space, arrived on Monday.


My favorite part: bedrooms and a new kitchen. D’s favorite part? Demolishing our multipurpose room.

The past two years have brought a whole new meaning to that term, which in our case encompasses several spaces that usually keep their distance. Our multipurpose room packs a bedroom, laundry room, closet and nursery.


Amenities include an 7.5-foot ceiling, gently sloping floors, naturally running water throughout the spring season, and a lovely cross-breeze courtesy of two creatively installed sliding doors (that’s right, I speak realty!).

Because our house was designed in the 1930s as more of an occasional than an all-seasons home, it was designed without the luxuries that indoor sleeping and laundry offer; instead it was equipped with a small kitchen and bath, a large living room, and a shallow sleeping porch that was later walled in to create the room that’s headed for the chopping block. One weekend soon, armed with sledgehammers, prybars and a couple of reciprocating saws,  my husband and a few lucky friends will be taking it down. We’ll move all everything we don’t use daily into the basement and eat and sleep in the living room as long as we’re able.  Then we’ll relocate temporarily to my mother’s house next door for what’s sure to be a warm adventure in family bonding. (Read: my husband and mother are both out shopping for tents.)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2009 11:45 pm

    VERY EXCITING!… we will be going through the process together… I wish you luck!

  2. March 19, 2009 1:18 pm

    I am so thrilled for you that the work is starting! I can’t wait to come celebrate with you when all these lovely plans are complete!

  3. March 23, 2009 6:04 pm

    How exciting. I love that the laundry room was directly next to the bedroom, that’s how it should be in all houses or at least on the same floor as the bedrooms. I still don’t understand why I drag dirty clothes from the upstairs to the downstairs just to haul them back up after cleaning.


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