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Opinions wanted on my home arrangements.

Okay so my husband and I own our house. We purchased it as a foreclosure for dirt cheap and have fixed it up through out the last two years.(it didn't need very much just cosmetic things)  It's coming along very nicely and I can see us living here forever I mean we did get a stellar deal on it with a really low mortgage!

Here's the issue. When we bought this house we only had one kid. Now we have two. This is a four bedroom house but the fourth bedroom is on the first floor and the master and two kids rooms are on the third floor. The fourth bedroom has its own bathroom which is really cool, but the bad is it has a door to the backyard. (No fence yet)Dh and I really want a third baby. We both come from big families and we really love the idea of being a family of five. Our son is 4 and our daughter is 8 months. If we have another baby we have been considering moving Ds to the fourth bedroom. It's just that door down there worries me. He's a very well behaved kid but I'm worried after a few nights he will get to scared, or he will sneak out as a teenager. I know some of you are all about letting kids share a room but I had to share a room with my sister and I hated it because she was always stealing my clothes and ruining them or giving them to her friends also I don't co-sleep with my kids. My kids slept in a bassinet in my room until five months then I put them in there own rooms. So I don't want the baby to wake the kids during the night.  

So what would you suggest? Would you trust a 5 or 6 yr old (he will be between that age) to sleep down there alone? Or just suck it up and let them share? Or would you just move into a bigger house? 

by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Replies (11-20):
imamomzilla
by Silver Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

 Make the BR on the first floor your master and let the kids have their own rooms upstairs.

Congrats, BTW. :-)

LittlePistol87
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Thanks. Right now is our work out room! 

Quoting zinniadaisy:

I'd say get different furniture so that the 2 kids can share a room and then baby would have a nursery all on the same floor as your bedroom - then  the dnstrs bedroom can be for guests


LittlePistol87
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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Thanks for advice. And thanks for congrats! We just started trying but I have faith it will happen within this year!! 

Quoting imamomzilla:

 Make the BR on the first floor your master and let the kids have their own rooms upstairs.

Congrats, BTW. :-)


Ednarooni160
by Bronze Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Not sure about the arrangement of the kids but if you are worried about the door when they become teens take it out. You can always put it back at a later date if you want....  I probably would want to be closer to my kids in case they needed me in the middle of the night . 

MeninaBallerina
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Could you and hubby take the fourth bedroom? Or could you take the door out, put some sheet rock up and paint so there is no door? It's not too hard to do. 

LittlePistol87
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

 Hmmm. I might could turn it into a window it would be cheaper than closing it up. Wood, sheet rock, insulation, and siding for the hole on the outside sounds pricey.  Thanks for helping me brainstorm! 

Quoting MeninaBallerina:

Could you and hubby take the fourth bedroom? Or could you take the door out, put some sheet rock up and paint so there is no door? It's not too hard to do. 


Marimaru
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

You could block the door from both the inside and outside so that it can't be opened.

LittlePistol87
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Any suggestions on how to do that? 

Quoting Marimaru:

You could block the door from both the inside and outside so that it can't be opened.


kam013
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I would move the master downstairs and make the appropriate renovations to the bathroom when time permits.  New furniture that would fit properly would obviously need to be purchased. 

We had this same situation in our old house and found that we were never comfortable having one of our children downstairs.  

I would also consider taking the current upstairs master and putting up a wall dividing it into 2 rooms if it is large enough.  That way you could still have an extra room for guests.  It could also become your workout space, office or playroom.    

justamomma2
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 4:46 PM

if you choose to let your son sleep down stairs install a dead bolt lock on the door that only opens with a key from the inside.  Keep one on your key ring and one in a safe place down stairs.  I wouldn't want my child by the door, for fear of someone else trying to come in.  Just for safety reasons make the door unavailable to open.  Or couldn't you take the downstairs room since it has a bathroom?

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