Despite having styled 754 rooms, every single project is full of different problems that create so many questions. Sure there are one million design decisions to make, and I’m on those (stay tuned), but my big questions right now are more about function/use. Since many of you might have other experiences – either with older houses or older kids, I thought it would be fun to ask you, to get opinions in hopes that Brian and I can stop wish-washing around and make some much needed decisions.
1. The floor creaks. UGH. Badly. So boring, I realize. Our contractor and Brian’s parents were like “WOAH, we gotta fix that…” and Brian and I didn’t even really notice the intense creaking. It’s a 100 year old house, so yea, the floor boards are weakening, nails are loosening, and they creak because of it. The question to you is – while we had intended to repair and refinish them as much as possible, our contractor has warned us that it’s not a cosmetic problem and that if we don’t replace the flooring now those creaks could get worse. And yes, it’s bad. For those of you who live in an old house, on a scale of 1 – 10 how much does it bother you? Replacing the flooring wasn’t something we thought we were going to do but now I’m thinking it’s something we should…but maybe I could do something amazing…right now its 2″ oak, and not particularly rare or special – just original and old.
It’s really hard to tell how damaged it is upstairs in the photo, but yes … it’s damaged and she is yelling about it.
Quandry #2: The fig tree outside in front of the courtyard blocks the view to the garden but creates so much shade and makes it feel cozy. We are giving up our huge fig tree here at our current home that we have inside, but alas there is already a huge one there that I love so much. I personally loved how it made the courtyard feel cozy and shady, but Brian and many others want a better view of the kids in the yard when we are in the looking out from the house. I’m starting to see the light and I’m coming around, but I also am trying on a daily basis to curb my helicopter parenting urges and wouldn’t it be lovely to just know they are safe but not need to watch them?? Or maybe it’s less high maintenance to be able to see but sit up there and hang out with adults while the kids are down below?
Looking back, you can’t really see the architecture of the house so well because its being covered by that tree.
If we got rid of the tree then even from the living room you could see down to the backyard.
But look at the shade it provides!!! Thank goodness the location of the courtyard only gets full sun in the morning til around 1pm which is awesome, so that in the afternoons/evenings when it is hotter the courtyard is shaded by the house.
As of now I’m calling an arborist to see how much we can remove from the bottom canopy to be able to see out but still have that gorgeous tree remain … but if you guys have any input or experience/strong opinions do tell…
3. Should our kids share a room? In case you need the bio – Charlie (boy) is 2 1/2 and Elliot (girl) is 10 months. They are both still in cribs and Charlie will probably transfer into a toddler bed soon (although I’m not letting him know that it’s an option yet and we have friends who’s daughter is 3 1/2 and still in a crib.
But all that aside the reason I’m wondering is because right now they both only sleep in their rooms. We don’t really spend time in them either and while we do have a guest room in the basement we could turn this beautiful all-window walled room into a pretty home office or sitting room (wtf is a sitting room???).
It’s hard to tell size, but the above room is an awkward shape (otherwise we would nab it) but the below bedroom is pretty big. Not huge, but big enough for two twin beds or one queen that they share (which is my fantasy but everybody in my life has poo pood it). Why can’t two kids share a big bed? That sounds so cozy and sweet to me, especially since they are so close in age and we are moving into a new house.
If they shared one big bed then I could crawl in the middle for story time and snuggle both of them and be in total paradise every night!! Although I suppose I could do that on Elliot’s daybed (which I’m not getting rid of, don’t worry.)
So anyone out there ever have their children share a big full or queen bed? Were they same gender or different? I know that a lot of you out there have kids that share a room, we did growing up, but in your objective opinion would you if you had an extra room? My thought would be that they share until they don’t want to anymore – maybe when she’s five and he’s seven?
Besides…two twin beds are so cute….
Even though, like I said, one big queen would be so much more cozy for all of us, no?
So all y’all who have any experience with any of these situations please weigh in. These decisions aren’t going to make themselves …
1.) Replace flooring due to creaking or refinish?
2.) Remove tree, trim, or keep?
3.) Have kids share a room or each get their own??