Before we moved into T’s house, we did some remodeling. The big ticket items on our list were painting and decorating Peanut’s bedroom, finishing the room downstairs so that she had a playroom, and creating a garden space for me outside. The bedroom was easy because all it needed was a little primer and some paint. I took care of that over the course of a couple days. The garden area seemed to take forever and T didn’t understand why it was such a priority for me. Finally, I broke down in tears one day and explained that he had his garage and computer desk, Peanut had her bedroom and playroom. There was not one, single place in the house that I could call mine. No where for me to escape to when I needed to. That’s why I wanted the garden. That would be my space. The next day he sent me a picture of a garden box he had built for me. He’s pretty great like that.
The laundry room downstairs had a big, open space connected to it. Our plan was to make that space into Peanut’s play area so that her toys were (mostly) kept in a central area. T worked very hard to frame out the space, build a false wall to protect her from the furnace and water heater, put up drywall, and painted the entire space by himself. I was definitely proud of how hard he worked to make us feel at home and to complete the space by the time we moved in. I still am. We completed everything in less than 3 months and moved in July 1st. I was so excited to take this step with him.
Over the past couple years, we’ve made a few other changes to the house, but the playroom is still the most drastic change of all. The only problem is that while the playroom portion is insulated, framed out and drywalled, the rest of the room is still only cinder blocks. This makes it uncomfortably cold down there in the winter. Peanut wants to play down there, but has to bundle up to do so. She wants company while she’s down there, but I can’t take how cold it gets and I’m forced back upstairs after no time at all to warm up again.
I’ve been looking online for a kid-friendly space heater to warm up the room without having to worry about her knocking it over or getting burned on it. Hell, if the room was warm enough I’d have no problem being down there with her while we play. I also bought those draft guards for under the doors downstairs, so I’m hoping once they come in they’ll help the matter. I’m really at a loss for what else to do, though. This is the first floor of our home, even though it’s not really livable space. It’s not like it’s a basement where the cinder block is surrounded by cold earth. Any of the articles I’ve read have been more about drafty basements and how it’s not economical to heat them. This is slightly different, but I’m not exactly sure how off.
Anyway, any suggestions from you readers out there would be welcome. I’d like to make the space something that can be used year-round – especially so I can have my living room back. Also, I’d like all those tiny 6-7 year old toys to stay on a different level of the house than our mobile 7-10 month old (which he/she will be by next winter). If we can test out different warming methods this winter and find a solution next winter will be much easier on everyone involved.
Write a comment below or write suggestions on our Facebook page. Any ideas short of building a bonfire in the middle of the room are appreciated! 🙂
Until next time!