Comments on: The Treehouse: Bedroom Plans for the Kids http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 15 May 2014 16:03:59 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: The Vintique Object http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-832340 The Vintique Object Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:37:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-832340 The best advice I got when we moved into our 2 bedroom/1 bathroom was to teach my girls to use the bathroom for washing/potty only. All my grooming things are in our room now, by way of example. And I am also planning vanities in my girls’ room for their future grooming space. Will be so interested to see what design you come up with!
Camille

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By: Heidi http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-826060 Heidi Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:23:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-826060 We had all 5 kids (3 girls, 2 boys) in one bedroom until the oldest boy turned 12. This coincided nicely with our addition being finished, because I think that he needed privacy from his sisters (puberty) The funny thing was that we only had 4 beds in the room. (it was a 10×10 room, so it was rather crowded) Each night, there would be negotiations as to who would sleep with whom, and usually it was the youngest who would bargain with the others as to who would have the privilege of sleeping with her! Now my kids are in 2 bedrooms, the two boys in one, and the 3 girls in another.

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By: Susan http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-825951 Susan Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:11:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-825951 I am just now reading this post and I want to tell that when I was in high school my dad turned a garage into a bedroom for my sister and I. Since there was only 1 bathroom in the house for 4 kids and my parents, my dad had a vanity (like you mentioned) installed on one wall of our bedroom. It had a mirror along the entire length and at one end was a sink. It was so cool and allowed us to sit (we had little stools) and get ready and not have to use the bathroom for washing faces, brushing teeth, cleaning up spilled make-up, etc. Great idea for your girls!

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By: Chad http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-823174 Chad Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:07:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-823174 I think your kids will do great sharing rooms. We have 7 kids, 16 and under, and they would practically sleep on one big pile if we let them. In our house I was able to carve small “sleeping nooks” out of previously unused attic space. And the other commentors are right…less space means less stuff, by necessity.

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By: Jen http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-790004 Jen Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:11:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-790004 I haven’t read the comments, but do have a response to your idea.
I love the thought of keeping one big space instead of giving everyone their own identical shoebox-sized bedroom. But 4 beds in a row and 4 vanities lined up sounds just as impersonal (sorry, can’t think of a softer word) to me. I know it’s important to keep things “equal”, but is there a more creative way to do that, perhaps starting with 2 beds & vanities where you’re thinking of putting the beds, and 2 where you’re thinking of having hte vanities? Also, do they all need vanities, or can those be somehow paired up or “saved” for older girls while younger girls get some other kind of “me” space? I don’t think I cared about that kind of thing until I was around 7th grade; by the time your youngest is that age, won’t the older ones be out of the house?
I’m not trying to be critical, and I love that you’re sharing your whole planning process with the world wide web! I’m just trying to be helpful by opening up more ideas.

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By: Tina http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-771994 Tina Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:13:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-771994 Hello there,
I am so happy that I found your blog. I am reading about how you found your fabulous house in the hills of Oakland. Let me just say that I am your neighbor, and welcome back to California . I live in brentwood , which is about 30 mins from Oakland . Brentwood is near Tracy, ca. We are the farming community! Also, I have 6 children myself. Four girls and two boys. The same as you. So I think your plan for the bedrooms are PERFECT! I know how it is to juggle the room situation and how to come up with creative ways to store everyone’s personel belongings. I can’t wait to continue to read your redecorating journey on your home.

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By: Emily http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-749103 Emily Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:38:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-749103 We had the same situation when our son and daughter were 5 and 3. By the time our son turned 6, he wanted more privacy from girls. It was harder for them to share, so we moved the baby girl in with the 3 year-old girl, and big brother got the nursery to be his room. (Which he now shares with a new little brother.)

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By: Karen http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-747841 Karen Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:27:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-747841 I am the youngest of 6 kids who shared 2 bedroom growing up. My sister and I shared one, and my four brothers shared the other. It was noisy, but it was absolutely fine! We all have hilarious stories we still tell when we get together. I think if that’s all you know, well…..that’s all you know, and it’s completely normal.

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By: Beth http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-747829 Beth Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:17:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-747829 I love this plan. We lived in a 3 bedroom right after Chuck got out of law school. I had all the girls in one room and my favorite part was listening to them giggling together every night.
The vanity is the best part of your plan. Knowing first hand the challenges of large-family-bathroom-sharing dynamics, getting the girls primping in their room will solve many issues!

Oh..and my vote on the floors is to take the wood out of the kitchen or a bedroom and finish off the dining area. Then have fun in the kitchen with the vinyl! Unless you think you might take down that 3/4 wall, then I would try to keep all the floors the same.

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By: Ann Wyse http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-747704 Ann Wyse Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:46:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-747704 I’ve been thinking about that image of your 3-quarters wall between the living room and kitchen for about a week now. I had a thought – which perhaps you’ve already had – but I’m sending it along anyway:

Architecturally, separating a wall and ceiling is an attempt to emphasize Surface as opposed to Mass. As in – “The surface of the ceiling is slipping above the wall…” or “The wall is floating gently between the ceiling and floor…”

However, in this case, the concept is clearly lost. Could be the proportions are just off. OR it could be that silly trim detail that frames the entire wall! As an “easy” fix, you might try removing the trim and see if the 3-quarters wall is still bothering you as much. Maybe it will feel more “right” when the wall is treated like a thin, minimal Surface instead of a bulky Mass.

Good luck!

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By: Michelle http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-746449 Michelle Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:05:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-746449 When I was growing up I shared a room with my three sisters. Of course there were times when it was difficult, but there were plenty of times when it was so much fun! And our room was very small for four girls… There was hardly any room for anything besides the beds! Now my two daughters share a room and I love and they love it! It’s fun when you get to be with your best friends all the time…

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By: Kristin W. http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-744535 Kristin W. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 05:53:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-744535 Oh, my daughter and I LOVE the Penderwick books. Definitely check them out.

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By: Emily Foley http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-2/#comment-744467 Emily Foley Tue, 24 Sep 2013 04:32:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-744467 I never shared a room with any of my 5 siblings so that would be hard for me. But my husband has 5 brothers and grew up in a small 3 bedroom house in Benicia (Bay Area) and they had 4 boys in one room, the rooms are teeny so they had 2 sets of bunk beds and that’s it. But my husband is way less maintenance than I am and I always want more than what we have, so I think he probably grew up better than I did. Your kids will learn good lessons from sharing at a young age.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-744030 Design Mom Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:47:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-744030 Formally splitting the room in two and having one bedroom for Maude & Olive, and another for Betty & June was definitely considered. But ultimately, Maude especially lobbied for one big room for all the girls. If she couldn’t have her own room, that was by far her preference.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-744026 Design Mom Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:45:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-744026 Cute!!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-744021 Design Mom Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:44:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-744021 Right now, the plan is to add wall hooks and use the hallway to hang jackets and scarves — until we have proper mud room.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-744018 Design Mom Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:43:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-744018 The idea of a sink in the hallway has caught my imagination. At the very least, when we’re ready to re-do the bathroom, I think it would be good to put the toilet in it’s own compartment, so someone can use the potty while another is in the shower.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-744015 Design Mom Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:41:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-744015 I hear you. As I mentioned, there is definitely a natural divide in that big bedroom and our original thought was to split it in two, making the house a 4-bedroom (instead of 3-bedroom), and putting two people in each. It would be quite easy to do — probably easier than the current plans we have.

But after living in the space, we know this plan makes good sense for us. The 4 girls have been in that room since we moved in and it’s been great!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-744011 Design Mom Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:38:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-744011 I haven’t seen it, but I love Jim Gaffigan! I’ll look it up.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/the-treehouse-bedroom-plans-for-the-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-744008 Design Mom Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:37:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40598#comment-744008 “Your own space is important but it doesn’t need to be a room with a door.”

I like this.

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