Kelly - posted on 04/30/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )
I might sound a little selfish writing this, but here goes.
My husband is a space hog. We live in a VERY small house--it's about 1500sqft--it is a re-purposed weekend home if that gives you any idea. So, we have one big open kitchen/dining/living area, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a laundry room, and a single attached garage (that was built for a boat--it's an odd size).
My husband has been harping about how he wants a "man cave"--a place in our home just for him. I'm fine with that, I thought the spare bedroom could be converted--almost everything in it was his anyway since he used it last year when he didn't have an office for work, so I set about converting it for him. It houses our library (about 900 books), and a bunch of "crap" we just didn't know what to do with.
I had a 42" monitor mounted on the wall, and had the computer and all his video game things hooked up to it as well as a 22" monitor on his desk, and they put in a little switch on the keyboard, so he can work or play games at his desk, or sit on the sofa and use the big monitor to play games or watch movies. Then I put the sofa on the other wall with a table and had surround sound wired so the whole room shakes if he wants it too. I put in custom shelves to house the library (which is mostly his), his printers, paper & other supplies, game library, and all of his little mind puzzles (he likes those). I hung pics from his dad's and artwork he'd collected over the years. I put my own desk--a small glass top desk that I use to draw on--in the corner to the side.
Do you think he was happy? NO! It's not enough because MY DESK is in there. My desk is 32x21 inches--it's barely big enough to hold a sketch pad!
Now he wants me to clear all of my things out of the garage so that he can have a "workshop". Not that I have much in there--I put my purses in there so that he could have the closet in the spare room, and I have my camera equipment out there--it's all contained on a 3ft wide, 6ft tall shelf. My ONE little shelf in that entire garage is NOT stopping him from having his "workshop". He wants to put a shed in the back yard to build a workshop in, but we already have one and I don't want a yard full of sheds, so I told him to use the garage, but he says my stuff is in the way.
That's ALL the room we have! I have to have SOME space, don't I? All I want is a shelf in the garage, and a desk to draw on. Why should he get the entire spare room AND the entire garage, while I get nothing?