There are some people who get upset when their children get married or go to college, and then there are others who look forward to having all that new extra space.
I know several empty nesters who have converted their children’s former bedrooms into their “personal space“. One couple converted their son’s former bedroom into a sewing studio. The wife loves to sew, but hadn’t really made anything in years because she didn’t have enough room for storing patterns and a sewing machine. Now that they have been able to create a sewing studio, the wife has all the room she needs for her sewing projects.
The conversion involved putting down a new floor, taking the doors off the walk-in closet, and building two long shelves along the back wall. The walk-in closet is used to store material and patterns, and the shelves are used to store thread, buttons, zippers, and a variety of fashion accessories. The wife is even thinking about opening an online store to sell some of her designs.
Another couple I know has converted their daughter’s former bedroom into a reading room and mini-library. The husband and wife both loving reading, and they previously had books stacked up all throughout the house. This made the house look messy, and it was difficult for them to find specific books and keep up with their book collection. Now they have a wall of bookshelves and a whole closet to store all their books. Since this space is now their “personal” reading area, they added two recliners, a rocking chair, and a small refrigerator. They also put wall paneling on the back wall to make the room feel more warm and cozy. They are both so happy with their new space, and are looking forward to building up their new library.
Another couple I have known for a very long time, recently converted their basement into an official game activity room. Previously, their son had converted the basement into a bedroom and his mini man-cave. The son got married a few months ago, so his parents have finally gotten their basement back.
The first thing they did was to get rid of the old beige carpet and install beautiful new tile floors. They also painted the dark blue walls with a brighter color. The color of the new tile is a blend of sand and dark oatmeal, and the walls are off white with a light brown trim. To really make this an “official” game room, they purchased a new pool table, chess set, and a large round table that will be used for playing board games. They also set up a gaming console that features classic video games like Mario and Pac-Man.