Now that we have two new homeschool students coming this fall, we can no longer use The Office, and it’s long past time for Brian to have a proper space to work in. And the children need a suitable space to learn in, with enough elbow room for preschoolers through high-schoolers.
For the past two years, Deacon Brian’s office has been an old chair in the corner of the bedroom, and a scrap piece of plywood across his lap for a desk. He gave up the space that was intended for The Office, first to a small photography studio, and then to the temporary schoolroom.
The added bonus of completing the schoolroom is that the master bedroom will be restored to a place of quiet contemplation with the removal of personal and business files, printer, and musical instruments.
Brian and our sons have begun the process of clearing the schoolroom, which has been used to hold everything from outdoor toys, to building materials; and has been used as the workshop for various smaller projects like making beehives for the farm, and repairing toys.
The interior walls need to be demolished and rebuilt with insulation applied for the first time since the house was built in the late 19th century. Ductwork for heat will need to be run to the room, and the ancient windows replaced with new ones. The floor will need to be done as there is currently only subfloor. Electrical work will need to be done so that we have a safe way to light the room. Bookcases and storage cupboards will be built into the walls, and tables will be brought in to accommodate the children.
If we are able, a stairway to the floor above will be constructed allowing access for a future project to create more workspace and a temporary place to store shop inventory.
- Muscle and know-how
- Board and plaster
- hardwood flooring
- plumber and electrician
- 1×12 boards
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