The Calm In The Storm: Creating A Private Space In A Busy Home

When you have a full-house, things can get stressful. There’s a queue to go to the bathroom, and you can’t walk five seconds without bumping into each other. When this happens on a daily basis, tempers are sure to run short. As such, you could all become hostile. Instead of the happy space it was always meant to be, your home becomes a war zone.

The most obvious way around the problem would, of course, be to move someone larger. How better to give each other the space you need? But, while this would be ideal, it’s not an option for many of us. Larger houses mean larger price tags.

So, with that off the cards, consider creating a space in which you can all escape if you need to. You may find that this is all it takes to restore harmony. And, we’ve put together a few points you’ll need to consider to make it work.

What spaces could you use?

First, consider what spaces you could use. In an already crowded house, you’ll need to think on your feet to create the private space you all need. If you’re lucky enough to have an attic or basement, you’re in the best position you could be. These are ideal because they’re removed enough from the main house to create that much-needed sense of distance. And, despite what you might think, conversion doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, you can do a lot of the work yourself.

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For the attic, you already have the foundations. For the most part, all it takes is a clear out. You may find that you have a fully functional room just waiting for use. In the basement, things may be a little harder. You might need to look into ceiling ideas and flooring options to make it an operational space. Even so, the work will be less than you imagine.

 

If neither of the above is an option, consider whether you could convert your spare room, or place an outhouse in your garden.

Set clear privacy rules

As you’re all desperate for privacy, set clear rules. Otherwise, the extra space you create will become another point of contention. You may have to put a time limit on use of the room. Or, perhaps keeping on top of things is as simple as putting a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door when it’s in use. Whatever you choose, remember that this is a sanctuary. Everyone needs private access.

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Make sure it serves everyone’s purpose

You’ll all want different things from this room, but the good news is, you should have space to suit everyone. Some members of the family might want to use the area as an office, while others may have it in mind as a quiet place to read. Sit down and ask everyone what they want from the area, then make sure you provide for their needs. And don’t forget to make it a space you can use, too!

 

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