My home was built in 1982-83 and I’m the third owner. The house was 8 years old when we moved here and I think the first owners lived here around 4-5 years. The second owner from whom I bought the house, lived here around 2-3 years. I bought it in 1991, so I’ve been here around 22 1/2 years now.
Even though the home was brand new when the first owners purchased it, they made a pretty significant renovation/change right off the bat. I thought today I’d share that big change with you because it drastically changed the house and how it functions. It may even spark an idea for your own home. It also produced a little mystery alcove that was actually perfect for a piece of furniture I had…more on that in a sec.
When first built, my home started out as a 4 (or 5) bedroom home with a bonus room out over the garage. Shortly after moving in, I turned the bonus into an upstairs family room/second guest room. The armoire holds a TV and the sofa is a queen-size sofa sleeper.
The reason I say it started out as a 4-5 bedroom home is because I think the bonus could be considered a 5th bedroom since it has a small closet over in the corner. You can see it there beside the plate rack. It has a hanging rack inside and stretches back a few feet to the left.
Okay, so going back to that renovation by the first homeowner, if you were standing in the doorway of the upstairs family room looking into the room, you would see this. If you turned completely around…
…this is what you would see, minus the wreaths. (This is just an old pic from when I pulled out the wreaths a few weeks ago to hang them on the front of the house.)
The first room on the left is my office, formerly a bedroom. Across from the office is the guest room. Further down the hall on the left is a bath, then a bit further down on the right is a linen closet I gave a little makeover in THIS post. If you kept going down the hall, you would come to a set of double doors.
If you passed through the double doors you would find yourself in the master bedroom. If you turned left, you would see a doorway leading to the master bath and a fairly large walk-in closet.
If you looked to your right, you would see the bed and if you turned right and walked forward a few feet and looked to your right…
…you would see this, another doorway leading into another room.
This room used to be another bedroom that could be accessed from the hallway. The original homeowner closed off the door from the hallway, cut a big opening into the master bedroom wall and turned the bedroom into a dressing area for the master bedroom.
They added closets with hanging racks and built-in shelving down the right side. The doorway out of that room leading into the hallway used to be about where the first set of closet doors are on the right. Those doors aren’t fully visible in this picture but that closet is the same size as the one just beyond it.
When this room was a bedroom, it was the same size as the guest room and my son’s old room which is now my office. So it was a full size bedroom when the home was first built.
The door you see straight ahead in the picture below, is the original walk-in closet for this bedroom. All the bedrooms in this house have small walk-in closets, except the master which has a larger walk-in closet.
When they changed the bedroom into a dressing area, they also built in some nice, deep drawers and a dressing table on the left side of the room. Originally, I used the dressing area as my desk when blogging but it turned out to be way too low and I began having neck pain which led to the creation of the office seen in this post: Building a Home Office, The Journey
Okay, let’s go back out into the hallway, there’s something out there I want to share. It’s actually what started me thinking about creating this post.
Just outside the double doors leading to the master bedroom, you can see where the original door to the 5th bedroom was. I found out this was once a doorway when I hired a contractor to install an outlet on this wall so I could place a lamp here. He went into the attic to fish the wall and instead found himself staring at a header. I think that’s what he called it. It’s the frame-work above the top of a door. He ended up having to drill down through the header in order to fish the wall for the outlet.
I guess if anyone ever buys this house and doesn’t want a dressing area, they could just put the wall back up in the master bedroom, rip out the built-in drawers, dressing table, and the extra closets, open back up the door to the hall and it would be a bedroom again.
I’ve often thought of ripping out the closets that were added, as well as the dressing table and drawers and turning this room into one gigantic walk in closet with hanging space all around the perimeter of the room with an island in the center.
Maybe something like this (found here), except with closet space all the way around on all three walls. There would be drawer space in the center island.
Here’s another possible example found here. I wonder if the next owner of my home will do something like this?
The little alcove that the closed off doorway created was such a mystery when we first moved in. We weren’t sure why it was there but I knew exactly how I was going to use it. It was perfect for this piece, which is another little mystery.
Can you guess what this piece of furniture is and how it was originally used? Here’s a hint. Hanging above it is a birth sampler I cross-stitched shortly after my son was born.
Did you guess what it was?
If you guessed a changing table, you’re right! It’s a changing table that converts into a regular piece of furniture once your child is out of diapers. It used to have a large changing pad that was designed in two connected sections so when you were done changing the baby and wanted to access the drawers, you could just fold up the front part. Of course, you could access all the drawers with it open, except the very top one.
It was in Chip’s nursery in our previous home until he outgrew his crib and we bought his bedroom furniture. I can’t remember where we had it in the old house now but once we moved here, it landed in the mystery alcove.
I looked inside the top drawer and it was made by, “Child Craft by Smith” out of Salem Indiana. I think Child Craft is still around.
I hated to spend money on a changing table that eventually would have no real purpose. It’s still a good storage piece today.
It’s was perfect for the mystery alcove when we first moved in.
Do you have a mystery alcove in your home? Ever trip across a previous renovation like I did when I was having the outlet installed? Any changes done to your home that you wish a previous homeowner had not done, or you’re glad they did?