Friday, September 9, 2011

My "new" craft/computer/genealogy room

Before Hurricane Irene paid us a visit a few weeks ago hubby and I tended to a few tasks like cleaning the yard of potential projectiles, getting gas for the generator, filling propane tanks and reviewing our disaster checklists. One of my tasks as the photographer of the family was to review photos I'd taken 8 years ago when Hurricane Isabel (another hurricane with an "I") wrecked havoc in the local area. I discovered that I needed to take some photos of new "stuff" as a memory jogger in case we had to file an insurance claim. Since I took photos of my new area I thought I'd share them with my internet friends.

Here's the FROG (family room over garage) or bonus room eight years ago. Like I said in my post a few months ago, I had a lot of "stuff". I consolidated some, sold some and will give some away.

As you can see this room was basically storage. Tucked into the right corner was hubby's computer space. Looks like we removed his laptop probably to take it with us when we evacuated. Our area was voluntary evacuations eight years ago and we might not have bugged out if we hadn't has a tornado take out a huge tree the two months before the hurricane hit. That spooked us so we left the area.

Flash forward 8 years and here's my new craft/computer/genealogy room.

This room is over the garage and is a few steps lower than the upstairs.
There's two staircases, one from a guest bedroom and one
directly from the kitchen.

There are twin dormers giving light from the north.
In between I've got two Ikea drawer cabinets and a multi purpose bookcase.

On the right side of the table is a matching multipurpose storage bookcase.
I got three of the same tables, the one that I use for crafting is a glass top
the other two are birch.

I bought matching mini shelves that hook onto the desk.
This way I can slide my printer and Silhouette digital
cutter under and still have storage on the desk.

As you can see I've still got a bunch of "stuff" to get rid of. The room also needs painting but we'll get to that later. I was thinking of removing the ceiling fan and having two light bars. I changed my mind early in the remodeling process. We had a few hot days early in the spring so I knew I'd need a fan since the twin windows right next to my computer face west. We replaced the old fan with a 52" five blade fan. Halogen lights are about as hot as incandescent and LED is too expensive so I'm using daylight CFL bulbs to get good light and keep it cool.

New lighting -- a ceiling fan and light bar.

When I get rid of more stuff maybe I can add a love seat or big chair so I can have an area to read.

Hope you enjoyed my show and tell.

Until my next post,