When we bought our house I saw a lot of wasted space. Without designing my own house and having it built, that's pretty much the norm. I don't know who designs these houses, but they need to think more!
This house originally had a master downstairs and an office (not really usable as a bedroom since there is NO LIGHT! and no closet). Then upstairs there was 2 bedrooms, a loft, and a media room. The original owner designed it (to a point) with the builder. She only had 2 kids. This was a great layout for her. Well, I have 3 (plus a few). I love the office - it will stay an office as long as I can keep it that way. However, the media room is not a true media room. There is a big window, no door and a big opening (interior window?) over the stairs.
The room that was intended as a playroom was situated between the 2 upstairs bedrooms. My girls were tired of sharing and we needed another bedroom for the adoption.
We got to work.
My tiny tornado usually has a messy room - now she needs walls.
Even with the door in place, the kids went between the studs.
While there was an opportunity, Hubby built Baby Girl a loft bed. She has a bunk, but this bed is extra sturdy, built into the wall - and Daddy made.
Now it's time for sheetrock!
All of this took about a week - working at night after work and really long on the weekends. Baby Girl will have her own private room in no time!