We bought our house 21 years ago. It had good bones, and is interesting architecturally (we have five different levels), but was very much stuck in the late 70s in terms of decor and facilities. So in our first few years, we put in a central heating system, a number of skylights, painted the walls, recarpeted and refloored, replaced the kitchen and renovated both bathrooms. Every room was given a makeover – some more successful than others, and some (ie the kitchen) now due for another renovation. When we bought the house it had three bedrooms and a large open top level that was used by the previous owner as a storage/junk room. It had no door, but we’ve fixed that, and divided the room into two – a wine cellar/storage room/closet and a larger room that could be a bedroom but is now my office/my husband’s library. (At a pinch, it can take a mattress to accommodate overflow guests.) So the dark and a bit dingy three-bedroom house we bought is now effectively a bright modern four-bedroom house (as there is a separate, mezzanine space that works as a tiny office/computer area). Three bedroom to four bedroom – good investment, right?
The only rooms that have not been renovated (new curtains/blinds don’t count) are our bedroom, and the single bedroom (intended once as the nursery, and was once my office, but is now a spare spare bedroom) next to it.
Why have we waited so long to revamp our bedroom and the small room? Indecision, that’s why.
Our master bedroom is smallish, perhaps because one complete wall is taken up by large closets. The storage though is quite generous, so it has been very easy to live with. But we’ve never been 100% happy with this arrangement. We’ve been (for twenty years!) considering turning the house back into a three-bedroom house, and converting the small single bedroom next to ours into a large walk-in closet. We both love the idea of a large, walk-in closet – we could make it accessible directly from our bedroom. If we bashed a hole through the wall to the second bathroom next door, we’d have a master suite (though I’m in two minds about this – maybe I’ll consult you on that idea later) taking up that entire level/floor. And by ripping out the closets and draws along the eastern wall, we’ll have a much bigger bedroom that we can rearrange, and add maybe a comfortable reading chair or couch. (It’s a lovely spot to enjoy some afternoon reading.)
I guess because there’s only ever been the two of us, I’ve never really seen our house as a family home. A former colleague said he’d looked at the house at the time we bought it, but didn’t feel it was appropriate with young children. So I haven’t been too bothered about the idea of losing a bedroom. That said, the house is in a good neighbourhood, right next to a bus-stop, within easy walking distance to a primary school, supermarkets a 20-minute walk/quick drive away, and only ten minutes drive from the CBD. So it is an area that would be appealing to families.
The cost of the renovations wouldn’t be huge. We could do most of it ourselves, except installing a doorway in our bedroom (permit issues). And I already have an idea about the colour schemes, closet layout, etc. I mean, after twenty years, I should, shouldn’t I?
What do you think?
Are we crazy to lose a bedroom?
Or will it all balance out by offering a more appealing master suite?