One of the previous owners of our house added a room on the back. It’s something we’ve noticed is surprisingly common in our neighborhood — up and down the street, whenever we get a chance to peek into someone else’s house, we notice this extra room tacked onto the back, usually behind the kitchen. It’s as if some contractor gave everyone a great deal on additions in the 70’s. Another thing we have noticed, in our house as well as in other houses around us, these rooms don’t have much function. Just an extra room.
In our house, it is particularly without use. I like having the space, for sure, but something about the layout, the placement of the windows, the placement of the built-in bookcases, the fireplace — it all adds up to this garage-like area were stuff gets dumped and forgotten about. We’ve done our best to make it work for us: we moved the dining table down there, for example. The cupboards are full to the point of overflowing with junk and treasures and things like holiday wrapping paper. With no garage, no basement, and no attic, we really need whatever extra storage space we can muster.
Beyond that, it has mostly been a baby pit. The two steps up to the kitchen meant that a crawling baby couldn’t escape. As long as we loaded it up with toys and kept the dog food swept up, it was a wonderful place to stick the baby during meal prep and when I needed to take a shower. Or, really, ANYTIME.
Well. Someone figured out how to climb the stairs. And he also figured out how enchanting the dog door is. Goodbye, me-time. I guess I will see you again when he starts kindergarten.