The Eventual Sewing Room
The other day I did a post about the Sewing Room at the Cross House and mentioned that, when it was finished, I would rent it to a roommate.
Several readers did not quite understand. Was I planning to add a kitchen to the room? Would there be a bathroom?
So, I did a quick plan which, it is hoped, will explain all.
- Murphy bed. I will install a Murphy bed into the 1929 Murphy bed cabinet.
- New closet. The big sliding door to the Hexagon Bedroom? That will instead open to a new closet. The new closet wall will, of course, be removable, and will not damage any original trim. The Hex Bedroom will be used as a storage room by me, for my lighting business. The new closet will create not only additional storage for the Sewing Room tenant but will help soundproof between the two rooms.
- Original closet. The 1894 closet will be recreated.
- Bathroom. The 1894 bathroom will be, again, a bathroom but with a new configuration. The original encaustic tile floor will be restored. The very tall wood wainscoting, now lost, will be recreated. I plan to install a period-correct marble-topped vanity, a 1927 toilet original to the house, and a 1950 tub original to the house. The bathroom will look, overall, like an 1890s bathroom with some “updates”.
- Closet. A utility closet, accessible from the hallway.
- Laundry chute. The 1894 laundry chute. This will, again, allow clothes to be dropped down to the basement laundry room.
- Dumb-waiter. A dumb-waiter. The 1894 dumb-waiter is long lost. It originally went from the kitchen to the basement laundry room. I will recreate this feature, but the dumb-waiter will travel from the basement to the second-floor.
- Sleeping porch. The 1894 sleeping porch. This was later turned into a closet, then later into a glassed-in porch. I re-opened the porch, and will restore it.
I am hoping the room can be ready for rent in the spring of 2020.
I have no certainty of what the rent will be save that it will be the most expensive room for rent in the city. I imagine rooms can be had for like $300 in Emporia. So, I am thinking something like $600? The roommate will also have full use of the first-floor (including the kitchen), and laundry room. So, one can live in a FABULOUS house, with a private room, for $600 a month.
And…kitty petting privileges will be included.
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