Future plans for the schoolhouse include the bathroom and the kitchen. In
the bathroom we would like to put down a tile floor. In one corner will be a
tin bathtub with a floor to ceiling cabinet beside it. On the other wall we
will have a high-tank toilet and a pedestal sink. Not a whole lot you can do
to a bathroom.
In the kitchen
we already have a Hoosier cabinet. We plan on buying either a stove that
looks like a wood-burning stove or an early 1900 box style stove. The sink
will be a pedestal sink with a real hand pump beside it (we also have the
regular facet). Instead of cabinets with doors we want to have open shelves.
We are also thinking about covering one wall with a wire mesh for hanging
pots and kitchen utensils.
We have a
Michigan basement, but with a cement floor. We have built a storm room down
there. It has extra thick studs for the walls under the floor beams for
extra support. Inside are shelves stocked with blankets, pillows, candles,
crank-up radio, a couple of chairs and cots. This is the place to go during
a severe storm or tornado. It is already stocked so you don't have to take
the time to bring anything with you, but you can be comfortable while you
wait out the storm.
In the future
the woodshop will be completely rebuilt. For now we are just fixing it up so
it can be used in the winter. A new coat of roof-coating, new wood on the
walls, and a new door will get us buy until next year.
The craft room is
actually a third added on garage. We have installed a furnace and a plant
window already. Future plans include putting an insulated floor on top of
the cement floor, removing the garage door and making it into a wall, and
finally installing a sliding glass door that looks like French doors.
This should keep
us busy for a couple of years.