Lengthy story brief, as an alternative of getting Eight doorways that lead outdoors in our bed room (sure, we actually had that many), we now have 6. And spoiler alert: it’s nonetheless lots. We actually simply use the center set alongside this large wall of doorways to go out and in, however the view and the sunshine that the opposite doorways let in is actually a room-making element. We love the view in right here and all the brightness that shines in, and the addition of the fence for our personal little non-public courtyard out there was so good. It not solely makes the yard really feel extra non-public, it makes the bed room really feel extra nestled and personal too (extra on that fence/courtyard space right here).

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The thrilling factor about eliminating that final set of double doorways (which was once the place our left nightstand and the left half of our mattress are within the picture under), is that we might then transfer our mattress into that cozy nook that was created:

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As a reminder, the image under is how the room was once organized (the mattress simply rotated one wall to the best after we closed off these doorways):

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So not solely do now we have a model new mattress wall with a view of the fireside and our fairly wall of doorways, that shift additionally allowed us so as to add an enormous closet stuffed with extra storage than our home has ever recognized! Proper alongside that wall the place the mattress was once. VERY EXCITING TIMES. (I imply, look how excited Burger is). We nonetheless need to construct within the prime of the closets, however you get the concept 😉

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As for a way we eliminated that additional set of doorways – they’re really nonetheless there on the outside of our home, we simply drywalled in entrance of them on the within (the doorways had been inset in our bed room wall, so we might totally disguise them with drywall that was flush to the prevailing wall – even whereas protecting the doorknob on! It was actually superb).

Right here’s a shot of them from the surface (we by no means upgraded the hinges or knob as a result of we initially deliberate to show these right into a single inside door that led to an ensuite lavatory, however extra on that in a second). We simply spray-frosted the within of the glass doorways (utilizing this), so it’s a pleasant clear look from the outside POV for now. And after the world opens again up and we really feel extra snug having execs in our home, we’ll have them totally faraway from the surface and get the siding patched. John even has huge goals of including two small home windows over every night time desk on this facet of the room (sure, for much more gentle) like this, so that would occur on the identical time! We even have a couple of different exterior doorways on this home that we’re contemplating swapping out for a window (two are talked about right here on this publish), so we might get that achieved on the identical time too.

French doors viewed from outside that have been drywalled over

Again to the within of the bed room – you possibly can see that we now have some Pax wardrobes from Ikea alongside what was once the mattress wall. They’re our favourite closet options – we used them in our first home (again in 2008!), our final home, and dang it feels good to have them once more. They’re extremely customizable, extraordinarily useful, reasonably priced, simple to build-in for a customized look, and we love all of the door choices they provide. We even added some brass {hardware} to tie into our brass doorknobs & curtain rods.

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Two of the three Pax wardrobes we received are tremendous extensive with double doorways (8′ tall and 39″ inches extensive every!). So John and I every have a type of for our garments, sneakers, mattress linens, journey luggage, every little thing – after which now we have that smaller 19″ one within the nook, which you’ll see (within the picture above) has no {hardware}, because it’s behind the facet desk more often than not.

We’re utilizing it to retailer our Christmas tree and vacation decor, because it’s not too huge of a deal to simply pull the facet desk out to realize entry to that final door very sometimes (you possibly can open it with out {hardware} – so it’s only a ornamental alternative to depart it off of that door). With out {hardware} on that one door, it simply type of reads like a paneled wall element that stays according to the opposite doorways; so it blends in properly with out screaming “I’m the final closet door that’s blocked by the night time desk more often than not” (despite the fact that that’s 100% what it’s). We’ll take not-often-accessed-storage-space over dead-air-fulla-nothing any day!

That dresser with the mirror is simply there for now, although – as a result of now we have huge plans for that spot down the road. Extra on that in a second.

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Truly, I understand the broader shot of the closet wall above this one makes every little thing appears nearer collectively than it truly is – so right here’s a shot from this angle once more to point out simply how a lot area is between that desk and the mattress and this dresser/wall of wardrobes.

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Now please enable me to gush for a minute about how good it feels to have this a lot cupboard space after residing right here and not using a bed room closet. IT FEELS EUPHORIC. I joke that sensible storage is my love language however it’s actually not a joke. It’s the reality. Residing smaller, having a home we are able to clear in half an hour, having low cost utilities and fewer muddle, not having grass to mow ever – this stuff about downsizing are all superb, and when you will discover the best spot for every little thing and add environment friendly hid storage, it truthfully feels such as you cheated the system. You beat the sport! You get all the professionals of smaller residing and but you continue to have a spot for every little thing, you are feeling organized, you will discover something you want. It’s simply the most effective feeling. I can’t actually clarify it greater than that.

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Up till this level, we every used a 3-drawer dresser/nightstand for our garments and our hanging objects hung in our son’s closet (since he doesn’t precisely have quite a lot of formal hanging garments) – however this improve implies that now his closet is all his! Which additionally seems like an enormous improve! We even added some customized cabinets in there for him and painted it a enjoyable shade. And as for these 3-drawer dressers that we used as nightstands/clothes storage (which you’ll see on this older picture of the bed room under)…

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… now that our wardrobes have us lined, they’ve moved into our daughter’s room, flanking her mattress & giving her tons extra storage than the spindly smaller open nightstands that she used to have in there. We took the steel legs off so that they’re a greater peak for her mattress.

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Including six giant giant dresser drawers to that facet of her room meant the massive dresser throughout from her mattress was not wanted, so she now has a desk for drawing & making comedian books over there, which we additionally suppose will come in useful for the center faculty homework that’s in her future (the massive shared desk upstairs is nice for now, however we determine as she grows she’ll like a quiet homework spot in her personal room like we each had rising up). You’ll be able to see our daughter’s room because it regarded some time again right here & right here.

Throughout this rousing spherical of musical-furniture, we additionally moved her outdated nightstands into our room to function ours, and we love how they tie into the wooden bench on the foot of the mattress, which, as you will have guessed is our model of “doggy steps” for Burger. He bounces up onto that white ottoman first, then as much as the bench, then as much as the mattress, and immediately falls asleep, as seen right here.

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It’s nothing wanting miraculous that her outdated nightstands match proper into our room (and our outdated nighstands slip proper into hers). And sure that may be a door underneath our mattress within the picture above. We’re going to make use of it within the visitor home finally, so it wont be down there without end.

Our momentous bed room closets additionally sparked one other improve – this time for our son. We already talked about that by releasing up our garments from his closet, it’s now solely his (we even added some customized cabinets in there for him and painted it a enjoyable shade). And he additionally made the decision that he needed a desk as effectively, so we moved his clothes into his closet because of these bins/cabinets we added (as an alternative of his former dresser-in-the-room scenario). So he now has a built-in bookcase on one facet of his room (you’ve seen his room right here & right here) and a model new desk & chair all of his personal on the opposite facet (the place his dresser was once). So each children earned an extra useful spot of their room that didn’t exist earlier than, which is a very nice side-effect of the closets we received.

As for what’s in our closets, we did a mix of all of our favourite Ikea fittings. Pull out drawers, cabinets, hanging bars, pullout baskets on the underside for linens, and many others (you possibly can see an enormous breakdown of issues they provide in our final home’s closet right here). We will even match all of our baggage in them (it additionally matches underneath the mattress so we return & forth on which spot we favor however HOLY COW TO HAVE TWO OPTIONS FOR LUGGAGE REALLY FEELS DECADENT! PUT ME ON REAL HOUSEWIVES IMMEDIATELY!

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I discussed that the inlay dresser is only a placeholder there for now (it’ll probably find yourself in our visitor home) as a result of the massive plan now, after 10 months of residing right here, has modified! Sure, it’s doable that two days of strolling via a home final February & making a suggestion (and coordinating plans from many states away with a contractor throughout a pandemic) won’t result in a lifelong plan that you simply nonetheless suppose works greatest after 10 months of residing someplace. And the most effective factor about slowly updating a home when you stay in it’s that you’ve got that wiggle room to course right as you go.

We very deliberately didn’t instantly add an ensuite lavatory and walk-in closet the place we thought we’d need them from afar (or majorly renovate the kitchen) earlier than we moved in. We’re agency believers that so much is illuminated after you reside someplace for some time, and 10 months later now we have so much higher concept of how we’d like to make use of these areas. Briefly: trial & error + course correcting as you go could be extraordinarily useful and efficient, because the longer you reside someplace, the extra you study how your loved ones makes use of the area (what you miss, what you like, what won’t really feel pretty much as good as you thought it might in your head a 12 months in the past, and many others).

So right here’s the pivot: that dresser will finally be the place the door to our bed room goes. And the world subsequent to will probably be our future ensuite lavatory. Please take pleasure in this superb rendering by yours actually:

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The irony of this new plan is that there was initially a door to our bed room proper the place we wish to add one once more (albiet a a lot wider one which we would like now). However that’s additionally excellent news as a result of we all know nothing vital runs via that wall (like main plumbing or electrical) and even the flooring run uninterrupted underneath it, which is a large win!

Before photo of bedroom with two openings to living and kitchen area

In truth, I believe somebody many months in the past requested “however what if you wish to transfer your bed room upstairs and switch this room again right into a household room?!” and we mentioned one thing like “we’d open that doorway up once more. It’s not load-bearing, it’s simply drywall. After which we’d carry our mattress upstairs and our sofa down right here.” Clearly that’s oversimplifying it, however eradicating drywall to uncover a doorway that already exists behind it + shifting furnishings is a weekend-or-two venture (not like months of labor and suitcases full of cash). Generally you don’t know what you want greatest till you simply give it a whirl and stay with it for some time – and a lot of it may be achieved, and undone, and reconfigured. Generally you guess mistaken, and that’s okay. Paint could be repainted. Furnishings could be moved. Drywalled doorways may even be un-drywalled.

Sidenote: As for shifting our bed room upstairs (since we nonetheless get requested about that), all of us actually like having our bedrooms on the identical degree, in order that’s not one thing we’re contemplating. It might additionally imply that we’d be taking the biggest room in our home for ourselves + an enormous second-floor deck that all of us like to share, which looks like a really odd alternative in a home of this measurement (it might actually be greater than our final home’s very giant bed room and this home is 1400 sq. toes as an alternative of 3150). I might go on for a lot of extra paragraphs about what we’ve realized about how smaller areas can “stay bigger” – and the way sure layouts appear to make all of the distinction, however I’ll save that publish for one more day.

The purpose is that issues like drywall could be undone. And that’s a wonderful factor! One of many major ways in which we’ve trial & errored our option to areas that work a lot tougher for us over time is that we’re not afraid to maintain making an attempt new issues, and so many of those alterations could be extraordinarily low cost, and even free. We swapped nightstands from two bedrooms, purchased lower than $100 of drywall & provides to shut off that door from the within of the room, and that was it! Apart from the Ikea wardrobe prices after all, which we’d have both approach – as a result of the plan was all the time to create a closet for this room utilizing their fittings (please bury me in Pax, as a result of nothing is healthier).

Okay, again to the bed room updates we’ve made & our future plans. We wish to transfer the doorway to the bed room to that spot the place the inlay dresser is (right here’s my very unhealthy drawing once more), as a result of now we have a brand new ensuite lavatory plan for this room, which permits us to make use of the complete unique footprint of the room as an alternative of including on.

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By not constructing an connected lavatory for our bed room out on that facet porch, it means we get to maintain these two home windows within the kitchen that now we have cherished having (seen under) – and the complete lavatory reno will likely be way more reasonably priced and easier.

Kitchen with mauve cabinets and window above countercupboard paint shade & tutorial right here

Plus we are able to maintain that facet porch past these home windows as a porch, which will get used so much by the children. However again to the bed room. Once more. As a result of this room has all the time had extra area in a single very unusual spot. Form of like an additional rectangle that was patched onto the bigger rectangle of the room. Behold, this whole space under:


View of area that will become future bathroom



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The toilet wall will align with the entrance of our built-in closets, with a doorway between them, which earns us a properly sized ensuite lavatory proper off the bed room with a pleasant huge window in it (that area is 9′ lengthy by 6′ extensive, which is a good measurement for a home of this measurement). The mini-split will transfer above our future bed room door (proper into the recessed space, which our HVAC man says will likely be actually environment friendly – and a great covert spot for it), and it means we don’t need to tackle a extra difficult and costly reno, or lose these two aforementioned kitchen home windows. Win-win-win!


View of area that will become future bathroom with photoshop rendering over it



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The bed room nonetheless gained’t really feel small to us with out that space, as a result of have a look at all the room now we have over right here!

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Plus including a toilet wall will heart the fireside on the remaining bed room wall (which you see under). So the brand new lavatory wall will go proper to the best of that storage cupboard underneath the best window under (and we plan to build-in the 2 cupboards that flank the fireside too – perhaps prime them with a pleasant counter materials).

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The realm you see above has type of developed right into a puzzle/laptop computer zone (I do zoom requires work from that desk so much, John works on his laptop computer if he needs a quieter spot than the shared workplace upstairs, and all of us slowly putter away on puzzles right here too). The chair and ottoman are type of bizarre, however think about a comfy upholstered chaise of their place, or perhaps a chair and ottoman combo like this.

This room is simply so full of sunshine and it has the area for some added perform so why not – and weirdly sufficient we’ve realized that when your bed room is on the primary flooring you go into it SO MUCH MORE than when it’s upstairs and also you principally retire to that room on the finish of the day. So which may account for our change of coronary heart from our “you simply want a mattress in a bed room” credo of yore. I imply if there’s room for extra, and it’s full of sunshine, seize the day!

Right here’s yet one more shot from the facet, so you possibly can see that we are able to nonetheless simply open these two doorways within the heart and get out to that space of the yard.

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Is it uncommon to have a desk within the bed room? Certain! Would another person have achieved an enormous walk-in closet as an alternative of a wall of those wardrobes? Completely. Can we love how this room feels and deeply respect the way it works for our household? Sure and sure.

And since everyone knows a video is value 1,000 phrases, right here’s a fast spin round this room so you will get a greater really feel for all of it (notice: I had a pile of laundry on the ground sooner or later lavatory space, so I didn’t swing the digicam over to that spot, however there are photographs of that space four photos up on this publish).

Notice: You can too view the video right here on YouTube.

I’ve achieved this lengthy sufficient to know I’m going to get questions like “however are you able to not get into that storage cupboard within the again nook now that the desk is there?” – so you possibly can see from the video above that I slip into that nook to movie for ya (it’s simple sufficient to go via and get stuff). And I made a fast boomerang of the doorways opening and shutting in real-time that I’ll placed on my Instagram Tales for ya (nonetheless can’t work out how you can code a boomerang in a publish with out crashing the entire thing). However belief me once I say that no desk is gonna maintain me from my vases & candles & baskets 😉

In order that’s our bed room ten months in. With a wonderful quantity of closet storage, a plan for a loo and a door, and a desk for puzzles within the solar. Feels good to be right here. We’re grateful.

P.S. To see every little thing now we have achieved within the final 10 months to improve this home & make it really feel like house, you possibly can try this archive (we cowl quite a lot of floor!)

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