RECENTLY I was inspired by Jamie at EARNEST TO WRITE A BLOG POST ANSWERING THE QUESTION :
“What would you do around your house if you added an extra $10,000 to your budget!”
SO…IF I UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION – what would I do with $10,000 extra dollars to use anywhere in my house?
I ONLY THINK ABOUT THIS QUESTION ABOUT 100 TIMES A DAY!!!!
SO IF I HAD $10,000 TO MAKE AN IMPROVEMENT ANYWHERE IN MY HOUSE I WOULD without hesitation:
FINISH THE SLEEPING PORCH and adjoining smaller room into 4RTH BEDROOM AND BATHROOM.
Here is the current state of the sleeping porch:
It is intact and it is essentially unfinished . On the plus side – the room is huge and here is a door in the floor which goes to the lower back porch – giving the room an exterior entrance (and making a great air b&b potential) .
On the “NOT plus” side – the floor line follows the roof line and both are slanted .BUT It has the best views in the house. There is a radiator .We put an AC unit back there in summer. the photo below is one of the rare “back side of the house ” photos I have and was taken BEFORE we had the whole house painted BUT you can see from the outside that there is some great space there to work with.
Looking at this photo above – the room on the left butts up to the kids bathroom and is located directly above the laundry room and kitchen. THIS IS GREAT NEWS! This means that the plumbing is right there and could be accessed without too much disruption. A small, functional full bath could be made…and the house value would be greatly improved – making this a 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath. This would, I believe, have an immediate positive impact on the value of the house.
I did the BOTH FULL BATHS (I hired out the framing, professional plumbing and tilework ) , I learned ALOT about how to spend and save to get the most bang FOR your buck in a bathroom. I would put the cost of the bathroom at $5000 – or half my budget.
For that price I would get a :
Kohler Pedestal sink
Penny round tile floor.
Small subway tiled shower – I like this one by VIGO
Because the walls would need to be insulated I would do all the walls floor to ceiling with beadboard
I would replace both small windows with windows from HABITAT.
THE BEDROOM –
On the plus side – the room is HUGE. It measures 22′ x 16′. This would allow for the room to be framed into a Bedroom with a closet.
New windows from HABITAT
Once the floors are leveled I would put down carpet.
NORMALLY not a carpet person but I think it would make this room cozy and warmer. And the traffic would be low as it would be the extra bedroom and bath.
Framing and drywalling the bedroom would be relatively speaking inexpensive and VOILA – we have a new bedroom and bathroom!!!!
I would love to keep the room open and light, think “beach house” with coastal colors and textures – the BEST ART is right outside the windows!!!!
SO, if you had $10,000. to use in your house – what would you do????