I’ve been thinking a lot about space in our house recently. Our home is not palatial – we love it very much – but sometimes I have to admit we do get on top of each other a little bit. The thing with children (those lovely little rascals) is that they grow all the time – mine are sprouting up like weeds and it seems that the more they grow the more things they require. Toys, school books, clothes, Kinder eggs… their belongings just seem to multiply as they grow taller.
The other thing about children is that they are very loud. I know it’s not just mine, and in fact I know that some are even louder, but sometimes when I’ve had a long day at work and am ever so slightly fraught I do wonder how nice it would be to have a little bit of quiet. But there’s just no space for it in our sweet little two bedroomed house.
That’s open plan living for you, I suppose. For me to feel like I’m on top of the situation in my home toys have to be neatly put away, plates immediately stacked in the dishwasher and all belongings where they should be – neat and tidy. Because you can’t just shut all the children’s things in a room – they have to be put away immediately otherwise the living space looks like a bomb site. It’s a hard slog, but it’s how our home is set up at the moment.
I’ve looked at our extension options. Our garden is huge and could well afford a few metres borrowed off it for the sake of a bigger lounge and another bedroom. But a glazed extension is expensive, and do I really need that extra bedroom to clean?
One option I’ve been thinking about is a new conservatory. I can praise conservatories til the cows come home; I had one in my old rental property and it was just wonderful. It felt like you were in the garden (without actually being outside obviously) and was such a relaxing space to take a book and a cup of tea (oh OK then, glass of wine) to unwind at the end of the day. It was toasty warm when the sun streamed through in winter and was somewhere bright and beautiful the kids could play with their toys.
Plus – most importantly – there were doors! So if the noise of the children ever got too much for me I could happily squirrel myself a way for a calm 10 minutes, looking out over the garden until there was peace once more.
I’m all for conservatories – such a great way to add square footage to your home without breaking the bank. What do you think?