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Tiny Bedroom with Multiple Closets? (Here’s How to Fix it!)

To say mine and Jeff’s bedroom is tiny is an understatement. It’s not tiny; it’s a closet. Literally.

And there is a reason we live in a closet. When we were making plans of how to divvy up our tiny lake house into a living (and sleeping) space for 4, it made more sense to shove us in the closet than the kids.

Plus, it gave the kids much more space, and trust me, they need it far more than we do.

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Currently Saving For: Beadboard Ceiling

As I’ve said before, September 8th marked one full year since our move into this lake house.

We have done a few things here and there as finances allowed. For instance, we leveled the floors so the back door could open more than 8 inches ( a big plus since none of us are that narrow). It also alleviated the camel hump smack dab in the middle of the living room floor ($900).

With the advice of an electrician friend, Jeff installed electrical boxes and light fixtures on the exterior walls of the back deck. Up to that point, our exterior lighting setup was clip-on lights with extension cords snaking across the deck ($75).

We purchased a new air conditioning unit for the back of the house ($450).

And Jeff is almost finished building a bench/storage box to cover a sunken bricked-in planter to the right of our front door ($150). I wanted to paint ($35) it this weekend, but it looks like it may rain.

As far as landscaping is concerned, our family members, neighbors, and friends have generously brought us plants, and we’ve purchased a few too. We also bought rocks to fill the brick planters on the left of our front door ($45), sodded the front yard ($200) and various other odds and ends, including a small electrical pump to sparingly draw water from the lake to reduce our well-water usage ($50).

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An ounce of prevention…

On December 27th some incredibly high winds and what some have identified as a “mini” tornado, blew through our neighborhood. Due to the drought we’ve endured over the past several years, many trees were easily uprooted by the winds, and a few tops snapped off by the tornado, causing a considerable amount of damage.

There are several pines surrounding our home, but one pine leaned precariously toward our lake house. In fact, the branches on the tree’s opposite side had all taken leave, which gave us every reason for concern that the tree might split our house in two following the next big storm.

When our friends next door decided to fell trees in their front yard, we jumped at the opportunity for a reduced price on felling the pine in question. I strongly dislike taking any tree down, but we simply did not want to take the chance of it descending across our home like two different pine trees did to two different homes only two doors down.

So, we accepted the $500 bid from Oliphant’s Tree Service and down it came.

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Holier than Thou

I need a shirt that reads, “My house is holier than yours.”

Now that the lake house is finally ours, I plan to introduce it more intimately to those interested; including all that we need to do, big and small.

Since this is not an extreme makeover television show, these renovations will occur over the next few years, not the next hour. The upside to the budgetary necessity of an extended timeline is just that–time. Time to plan, change our minds, plan again, and finally, implement. Oh, and time for Jeff and I to peacefully prioritize “needs” as we do not necessarily agree on some of the order of events. We TOTALLY need electricity on the back porch BEFORE gutters, right?