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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Creekside Cottage: Addition Plans

 As I mentioned recently, we are planning an addition to our home. The addition is for my parents and it will be a two bedroom in law quarter, or as our Amish neighbors would say, "It's a dawdi haus." It will also include a new kitchen space for our home and a garage.

So, where it says current kitchen - that opening is our kitchen door. 

This door will be removed, and it will be an opening to the new kitchen. 

This is an old photo but I wanted to show you the rest of the kitchen wall that the door is on. 

That wall where the stove is will become a half wall. All of this kitchen will go away because of the new kitchen space. We will be putting a larger window in where this window is over the sink and with all the cupboards out we will move our dining area into this space.

That means that we can expand our living area out into the current dining area. It's going to mean more room for everyone when the family or guests are here.

Now as you can see here on the design plan that there is a pocket door from the new kitchen that leads into my parents new living room.

This way the kitchen is equally shared, but as they've said, they are ready to not cook. However, there will be times they want to heat up stuff or make coffee, or work together to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.

The bedrooms are exactly the same size, but the one in the back has an extra window. The bathroom will have a walk in shower and a seat. They will also have a stackable washer and dryer in the bathroom.

Their living room has three windows and a sliding door that will lead out to a new deck. 

We will be splitting the cost of the garage and kitchen with them, and they will be paying for their living space. Right now the housing market is hot, so we are planning to get them moved into our house asap. They have a realtor coming to talk comps and to help them get their house on the market. The reason for this is because, we don't know how long it will take to get a builder - they are pretty busy - and we want to get them the best price possible for their home. Also, since they own their home outright, they will have money for the addition and shouldn't need a loan.

It will take some adjustments, but they will have our master suite plus the guest room so they will each have a bedroom and a shared sitting room space, their own bathroom, and there is room even for them to have a coffee station and a small fridge for evening snacks and ice cream! 

Tim and I will move to Sarah's bedroom, which is the original master bedroom for the house, and she will move down to the basement. She is only here until September then she will be mostly at school until the Spring and we hope before her school year is over, the addition will be done, and she can have her bedroom back!

We are beginning the process of decluttering, moving furniture around, getting rid of stuff we don't need anymore, and my parents are doing the same. 

We all know there will be adjustments, and emotional times. It's a big life step. But we are all committed to it. My dad said Sunday evening as they were leaving, "I'm looking forward to when going home is just walking down a hallway."


  1. this will be a welcome change, i know - though the process won't always be easy. for anyone. praying through the planning.

  2. I think this is a wonderful way to be with your parents, and yet they will have their own space too! What a great idea, and such blessing for everyone! The housing market is really crazy right now, and I have friends who are also moving onto their children's property and will be living in an RV for a time until their house can be built. The floor plan looks great, and it will be an exciting adventure, for sure!

  3. Sounds wonderful to me!

    That's a cute comment from your dad. ☺ The Lord will attend to every little detail. I know these plans
    have been in the works for some time.

  4. Sounds like this is a well-thought-out plan. The housing market is crazy here, too. I feel for young folks trying to get into the market. My sister and BIL, and her daughter and family are purchasing a house together. My brother and his wife are living in their suite and their daughter and SIL and grandkids are in the main house. Lots of creative solutions.

  5. Sounds like a great plan! We are in the waiting stage again for us. We are living with our son and daughter-in-law in a 4 bedroom house now. Small living spaces for all of us, which is really needed with the two grandsons. We'll be purchasing land and building on to a house also, in about a year. Both of our houses sold really fast and we are so thankful for that!
    Yes, adjustments are being made to accommodate all involved, talking it out is the best way to go.

  6. I love your plan. Before my mom had to be moved to a care facility both of my sisters modified their home for her. It was wonderful, and I'm sure your "new" home will be, too.

  7. I don't even know you and reading this warms my heart. It is so wonderful for family to help and support each other. This sounds like a great way to give your parents privacy and security at the same time. I know you explained the plan but I don't think I quite understand how it will look, I hope you keep us updated on the progress.


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