Our 100 year old house has had various configurations since we moved in back in 1992. The 1st floor has 2 front rooms, kitchen/dining area, utility room, mud room, and half bath, Upstairs we have a master bedroom, small room, end room w/deck, and a bathroom.
There have been several variations in the functional configuration of the rooms during our tenure here. One of the major reasons for the varying arrangements is that about a year ago; we acquired 6 long-term house guests. To learn more about that, you can go to my other blog and read the “prodigals” category.
The downstairs left front was used as a parlour by the previous owner. When we took over, we kept this as a parlour / music room. When our guests came last summer, we changed this into a sleeping area for the women. When the last of our female guests left, we reverted the room back to it’s previous configuration as a parlour / music room. Over the years the room as also been used for arts & crafts and as a storage area. Currently it is serving as a staging area for an upcoming yard sale and to store some of our younger daughter’s stuff ’til she goes back to school.
The previous owner had the downstairs right front as a formal dining room. When we moved in, we left this room empty in anticipation of buying furniture to have a formal dining room. Well, we never did get that furniture, so the room was used as a computer room / storage area for a while. Presently it is configured as a living room, which it has been for most of the time we have been here.
The other downstairs rooms have not varied in their function, although the utility room has also served as the dog room for the last few years. We keep our mini-pin and chihuahua in there when we are not home.
We have always kept the master bedroom as the master bedroom. In the past it has doubled as a computer room and storage area. We are currently in the process of re-arranging this room to be a master bedroom / computer room combined.
The upstairs small center room was used by the previous owner as a home office. When we moved in we set it up as our computer room. As our kids got older, we decied that their bedroom was too small for 2 kids, so we changed the computer room into a bedroom for our elder daughter. Eventually we moved LB out of there, in anticipation of this room serving as a baby room. The need for a baby room never materialized, so we reconstituted the computer room. This past weekend we moved the computers to the master bedroom so we could give this to Davey for a bedroom.
The end room w/deck was a living room prior to our moving in, and we also used it as such. Several years ago, when we moved LB out of the small room, we changed this into LB’s bedroom. When our houseguests came last summer, we set it up as a bedroom for the guys. We are in the process of moving Davey out of that room into the small center room so that he and his Dad will each have their own room.