A Room For Nephew

Making room from an unexpected place

Ok, here is my first project for the blog.  By far not my first project at all.

My nephew moved into our house last summer after his high school graduation.   Most of last summer, I spent my time figuring out how and where my nephew would sleep.  It felt like a Rubik’s Cube.  Like every time I thought I had a solution for where he could sleep, that idea would get scratch off for some reason.

We live in a 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath, 1959 ranch home.  We, includes my youngest son (14), my mother (80), my nephew (20) and I (do we need to say? Ok, 42).  I tried bunking the boys together, but there was not enough room for multiple beds in my son’s bedroom and he did not want to switch again, long story.

We considered buying two twin beds and putting them in my mom’s room, but where would the other stuff in that room go?  He is now sleeping with my mother in her bedroom.  Although I know it must be awkward for him, it is terribly uncomfortable for her.  So my Rubik’s continues to turn.

Until I remembered I wanted to turn our laundry room into a utility room.  I wanted to expand it too.  Never took on the project because, like for everything else that needs repair in this house, I told myself I needed a professional to do this.  I would if I were to expand the room, but to finish and hang doors I do not, and so my first project is born.  I have to put insulation, hang drywall on a wood panel and 3 concrete walls, close the ceiling with drywall, re-finish a concrete door entrance, and hang 2 door jams and doors.  Whew!  My brother will be installing an outlet, and changing a fluorescent light for a ceiling fan.  I have not decided yet if I should just paint the floor or install tile, I most likely paint.

This project is a doozy and most of it  is outside my areas of expertise, but my nephew needs a room and my mom needs her privacy.  There is homework to be done too, like learning how to use drywall and other things like that.  Stay posted . . .


Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik.  Originally called the Magic Cube, the puzzle was licensed by Rubik to be sold by Ideal Toy Corp. in 1980.


About Zoe Brooks

I am a home owner with bad credit and low funds who needs to fix her house. Althought I have not studied construction, lawn and garden, electricity or plumbing, I still try my best to fix my issues quickly, safely, and permanently.

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