Long story short, DD has moved back in with me. Although I have searched for an affordable, larger home to rent, in this town, which will take our 2 cats, I have come up empty handed. Can't give up the cats, especially due to special needs kidlet. So . . .unless something magically appears within the next 2 weeks, it looks like I'm staying put. Landlord has mailed a lease extension, including DD and her soon to own car on it, with my rent remaining the same.
Love the location, has a garage to keep my car out of the snow, I'm able to do laundry on site, a bathroom and a 1/2, tons and tons of storage, fairly close to the road so my plowing bill is a bit cheaper, only 1 acre for me to have mowed=additional savings. While many deferred or unknown prior to my tenancy repairs have been addressed and subsequent ones as well, this house still needs some TLC.
Killer is the heating bill. It'll be another cold Winter here, even with the wood stove. Sigh. : ( At least I already have the draft dodgers, flannel curtains to partition off the uninsulated porch, plastic cut to size for doors and windows already done and on hand.
So moving forward, where to put DD in this large home with only 2 bedrooms? My room is gigantic-could easily put 2 king size beds in it. I have one closet wall that hold 4, double door closets, then the entry door, then the wall where my double dresser rests. It's huge! We figure that during the worst of weather (heat and cold), DD could bunk with me. Meanwhile, I am making an effort to give her some of her own space.
Last night, I moved the 2 remaining desks out of what we had been calling "the office." I cleaned and too measurements. While this "room" won't be entirely closed off, there are things we can do to give her some privacy.
I already own plenty of these.
Then there is furniture:
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Nicer clothing means needing a closet:
Some creature comforts:
While there are 2 ceiling lights, turned on from the middle of the living room side wall, so far from convenient, DD did manage to bring this home with her:
Now that I can sleep in a bed subsequent to my rotator cuff surgery, the recliner that I intended to put in the living room would crowd out the space since we've added 2 desks, a filing cabinet and shuffled the pre-existing furnishings around. My recliner will be moved to DD's soon to be put together "room" for reading/relaxing. It's a neutral enough color called "mushoom" but I think it's more in the brown family. Seating: check.
Once it is finally set up, I'll post some photos. Meanwhile, here is a view from one of the two double door, floor to ceiling sliders in the room. I have insulating panels in there, and am keeping them closed for Summer with the exception of the 2 "window" areas, which have the panels held back with black and white gingham tie backs. This would be the view from DD's bed in the morning. The tree in the background is a red, Japanese maple that is aflame come Fall. What ideas can you think of to make this homey on the cheap?