A few years ago while Mark was working on a new bathroom Jonathan commented that our house was like a movie set. We just keep moving walls around to make new rooms to suit the needs of our family for that particular time and we are at it again.
When we first moved in, 21 years ago, we had 7 kids and this house had 3 official and two unofficial bedrooms. So, we divided the basement into two bedrooms and we were set - for awhile. Later on we sectioned off the end of our family room and made it into a bedroom for the Jacob and Christian. Our master bedroom was split into a bathroom for Shannie and a bedroom for Ella. We also had a half bath which we took out and made into an alcove with desk and computer. Right now we have 6 official bedrooms, only the boys are sharing for now and we're ready to have our basement back as a rec room or whatever they're calling that type of space now.
The picture on the left shows the wall that's being removed. The picture below is painted on the wall that was Jonathan's room with "Pokinatcha Punx" - which we let Jonathan paint cause we're just that awesome as parents - from the band MXPX which he loved at the time. It was forever called the Pokinatcha kid room. It ended up being a graveyard for no longer useful items. Now, it's being cleaned out and we'll see exactly how it turns out.
In honor of the first day of African American History month I quote Mary McLeod Bethune, "I never stop to plan. I take things step by step." This works best when remodel projects happen around here. We never know exactly what the end project will look like - it's the beauty and the curse of this old house.