I wasn't quite sure where to put this, or what to call the thread even! But I am facing a dilemma. We have an apartment that is very close to our house (like maybe 15 feet from our back door) but is not attached to our house. It is a very small building with low ceilings. We have a friend who has been renting it from us for years, a single guy. As my kids are getting older, I have been really feeling like I want more space. Just more elbow room for my kids to spread out, when they have friends over, etc. We spend so much time in our house. We homeschool, I work a lot from home, we host an activity here that my kids participate in, and it is just an old house (100 years) with small rooms and no closets.
We don't have any storage space, no attic, basement, or garage, so we kind of live with everything. Now, I have been complaining about the space issue for a long time, and lately I have been wondering about the apartment. I don't know what his long-term plans are, but if he were to move out, we could really use that space. We only get $250 a month for the rent, and while the extra money is nice, we don't need it at this point anymore. We always said that if he moved out, we would not rent it again. I am just trying to think of how we would use the space though. Because it isn't attached to the house, what would you do? It could be a homeschooling room, but that stuff seems better in the house. We don't sit down and do schoolwork for a set period, so it's not like we would go to the building and do schoolwork. I would want to be able to start a meal, wash dishes, deal with the dog, etc., if the kids are working on something. It literally is right out of our back door, but it's still a separate building, so you can't hear.
It could be storage, garden storage, a workshop (my oldest is a tinkerer and has a bazillion electricity parts and pieces all over the house), a home office, I realize it could be anything. But, the place is really in bad shape. The person smokes and had a cat and the floors and walls are really, really bad. The walls are literally brown. I have wiped a cloth over one area when I had to go in there to move something around, and it was just brown. It would really have to be almost gutted to be usable at all. New floors and new paint on the walls at the minimum. There's lots of peeling paint too.
So, I am just trying to balance out this decision. Part of me thinks, this is working, he is paying rent, we are getting a little bit of extra money each month, we would have to do a lot of work on the space to fix it up, so why mess with it. Then part of me thinks, I would really love to have that space back if he might be ready to move on. I imagine having that extra refrigerator for garden produce, etc. I just want to make my house a place where we can enjoy being here, have the space to have people over, etc. I love to have friends over and cook for people but right now, things just aren't set up for that. I haven't talked to him about it yet because I want to know in my mind that we could make good use of the space first.
Any thoughts? Thanks for reading!