We have a few ideas. Actually we have a lot of ideas. The problem seems to be decisions. We don’t have any. Our cup runneth over with ideas, but we are starving for decisions. How are we to survive with no decisions?
So I need your input. We have decided that the front of the building should be used as our commercial space and we will eventually live in the back of the building. The front consists of the library (23′ x 25′), two classrooms (23′ x 34′), the principle’s office (10′ x 23′), and the staff room (23′ x 15′) which has a staff washroom. How do we divide it up?
We think the library should be an art gallery/retail space. We are trying to clear that room out but it is turning out to be a more work than we originally thought.
We may also leave the front classroom as a classroom. Just leave it as raw open space. Maybe someone wants to teach a class in there.
That leaves us with one more classroom, the principle’s office and the staff room. Here are some options. Let me know what you think.
Turn the classroom into a self contained two bedroom apartment with a walkout. It would have a full kitchen and bathroom.
Similarly, we would convert the principle’s office and staff room, into another one bedroom rental unit with a kitchen and bathroom.
We would try and rent both units on a weekly basis to tourists in the summer.
Turn the classroom into two separate bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. Convert the principle’s office into a bedroom with a washroom. Then we would renovate the staff room into a commercial kitchen.
We would focus on nightly not weekly rentals. Each room would have access to the shared kitchen. Plus we could rent out the commercial kitchen to someone who wants to make food in a legit kitchen.
Secretly I want a commercial kitchen on hand to have awesome dinner parties with my friends. First, I would have to make a friend in that scenario. Old visiting friends could work in that plan as well.
Don’t rent rooms at all. Instead, we would start having small house concerts. Musicians would come and play to an audience of about 50 people. We would have the concert in the gym on the stage. The band could spend the night in one of the classrooms. I have a good friend who knows plenty of musicians and she would do the bookings, and we could do the hosting.
Well folks, that’s all we’ve come up with so far. Let me know what you think. We are open to any fresh ideas.
And I do realize that it’s been a while since I last posted. For this I apologize. Here’s what been taking up my time: waiting for my water system to be installed, washing my clothes by hand, entertaining guests, getting my water jugs filled up, trying not to kill the plants that my mom and aunt planted, driving too much, cuddling with my dog, meeting my neighbours, getting a sunburn, going to the laundry mat, unpacking countless boxes, and dreaming up floor plans.
I’ll be more punctual next time.