(The first installment of my Sunday Open House series can be found here.)
When we moved into our house nearly six years ago, the one room that needed the most work was the "shop" off the garage. The room, attached to the house but only accessible by an outside door or through the garage, was most definitely not a dwelling area. It had a big work bench, a pot-belly wood stove, concrete flooring, and florescent lights. We used it as a storage room, and put it on the list of "things we'd get around to fixing up eventually."
"Eventually" came sooner rather than later. A year after we moved in, a winter storm ripped off the roof over this room and we had a not-so-lovely water feature and skylight. We were quite distraught over how on earth we would manage to pay for repairs, when Jason's mom suggested we call our insurance agent.
Enter State Farm, who came in and replaced the roof, all the sheetrock, and installed a space heater. Estimated cost of repair: $10,000. Our cost: $500. Thank you, Home Owners Insurance.
I had originally thought the room would be a pool/rec room since it's located off the deck where we used to have our pool. But that proved to be impractical since we only used the pool a few months out of the year, and didn't need the space for other entertaining. So a couple years ago we decided to start renting out the room to college students. Even though the room doesn't have a full kitchen, it does have a mini-fridge and a microwave, as well as a tv, desk, and internet access. A year ago my parents paid for the addition of a bathroom (so the college students wouldn't need to use our guest bathroom inside the house), so it has turned into quite the nice space.
There aren't many decorations in there because the room is usually rented out. We had planned on renting it out again this year, but long story short, we didn't. Hopefully next school year we'll be able to rent it out again. Sometime in the future, the room will make a good play room, but not until Sydney gets a little older since the room is a bit removed from the house. Until then, it's just nice to have a little apartment to use however we please.
Pictures for the Guest Bedroom & Bath are in the Photo Album, starting with picture 14. And if you're ever visiting the area...we have a place for you to stay!