Written by Laura Oakes / Photography by Matt McCoy / June, 2012
Redefining a home to fit their needs is exactly what these St. Paul, Minnesota homeowners did when they recently moved into their 1920’s-style bungalow.
The space was a pass- through, doorless room that, while on the market, had been staged as a cozy sitting area. While they loved the home’s overall layout, the room lacked purpose for this busy family, who ideally wanted a main level bathroom and home office. As luck would have it, the room was directly below the upstairs bath, which made tapping into the existing plumbing a snap.
Main Level Bath
A carpenter, drywall professional and plumber already in their arsenal from previous remodels, the owners installed a wall, leaving ¾ of the original space for a home office, and the remaining ¼ for a small bath—toilet at one end, sink at the other. Two rooms they now wonder how they ever did without.
What is your un or underused space? Perhaps a guest room? How about doubling its duty as a craft room or home office? Or maybe it is something as simple as removing a closet door and transforming the space into a cozy reading nook. The possibilities are endless. And since our homes are no small investment, there is nothing like that rewarding feeling when every inch of it serves a useful purpose.