In one of our previous newly constructed homes in Northern Minnesota we decided to finish the basement to give us more usable space. The basement would include a family room, bedroom, bathroom and large playroom area for the children. When constructing the walls I pointed out to my husband I wanted to use the under-the-stairs area for a small 'house' or 'castle' for our kids. Our youngest daughter was about 3 or 4 years old at the time and carving out a castle shaped door and putting a small castle window in one of the side walls gave us a great little space for the kids to play that otherwise would have been walled up and wasted.
That little castle is what I thought of when I saw this photo in this months edition of Coastal Living newsletter that I am signed up for and is emailed to me. I saw the loft area and immediately loved it - it's something I wanted as a child but never was lucky enough to have.
This particular loft area is a bunk bed style but with cushions and pillows in the family room or living room to make a great 'reading space'. What about in your own home? Do you have a wall with space on the inside that could be a built in 'nook'? Or borrowing from my childhood dream bedroom, a wall that could have these two area's built in to make a built in bunk bed? These would be perfect for a small room where a bed takes up too much of the space.
A little bit of cutting, a few pieces of wood, some drywall and paint and you have an affordable addition to your home without spending a lot of money.