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November 17, 2012

Sandra asks…

Who should get the basement? Me or my brother?

I was previously living on my own with my two children and doing fine financially, not the best area but doing fine; and my mom and brother had their own tiny apt. which they hated. So we figured it would be a mutually beneficial decision to all move into a 5 bedroom home. I couldn’t afford to live here without my mom, and she couldnt afford to live here without me. My brother on the other hand is 20 years old with no job, but takes a few part time classes at a tech school and my mom is totally and completely fine with financially supporting him. Anyway, There’s 3 bedrooms upstairs and a basement. My brother and I both want the basement for our bedroom. If I take the basement, that puts him in a room next to my kids. My mom and my brother say I should be upstairs with my kids and my brother should have the basement so he wont have to be subjected to the noise my children make. However, my argument is, there are plenty of homes with floor plans where the master bedroom is downstairs, and the childrens bedrooms are all upstairs, so there’s nothing wrong with me being on a different floor than my kids, and I have a baby monitor. Also, there are plenty of homes that wouldn’t have a basement for my brother to escape to everytime my kids get fussy, so just because this one does, I don’t feel lyk that automatically qualifies him to have it. I feel lyk if we’re all going to live together, he should be more tolerant of my children, or move out. He argues that he needs a man cave to put his weight bench in and that he needs room for all his friends to come hang out, but I’m moving from a 3 bedroom apartment and could use the extra storage space, also, I want to turn half the basement into a play area for the kids, and honestly, I’d like the extra privacy for when my boyfriend comes over too. Now I already told them I wasn’t moving here unless I got the basement, I was totally willing to stay where i was at if they wouldn’t agree to give me the basement. So they did, now we’re all moved in and the issue is coming up again, my brother is complaining about my kids and wants to trade rooms. So excluding who has RIGHTS to the basement, who do you think has better REASONS for wanting it?
Am I being selfish by telling him to get over the noise my kids make, or do I have good enough reason to justify taking the basement and “sticking my brother upstairs with my kids”?? (as they call it!!) lol
why?? I don’t get it?? if this was a home where there was 4 bedrooms upstairs and it was unavoidable for my brother to have a room next to the kids, would I then be obligated to pack my kids up and leave for a few hours everytime they started making noise just so my brother wouldn’t have to be subjected to it?? of course not, so just because it happens to be avoidable in this home, why should he get the basement strictly for that reason when I have other legimate plans for it?? and again, there are lots of homes where the master is on a different level than the kids so that discredits the point about me needing to be on the same floor as them. I understand that me and the kids being on the same floor sounds good in theory, but I’ve discredited all the points that have made that sound lyk a necessity, it’s simply not, so wut other reason should he have the basement for??
I need extra space to store stuff from my 3 bedroom apt, I want to set half of it up as a play area for the kids, I would also appreciate the extra privacy which is wut I’ve been used to in my own home for about 6 years now… He wants it to store a weight bench, have tons of friends over (when he should probably be working btw) and because he’s totally intolerant of my children. Do I not have better reason for wanting the basement or should his intolerance for my kids overrule that and be accommodated?

Administrator answers:

Your brother should be in the basement. You should be on the floor with your kids.

Joseph asks…

Can I break my lease if my apartment is not livable?

Hurricane Ike decided to totally remove my roof in my living room, bedroom, and dining room. You walk into my front door and see the outside. The roof is in the middle of the parking lot. I have a two bedroom two bathroom apartment and my complex tried to give me an “alternate” apartment that is not the same as the one I lost. I went and looked at a couple but they are disgusting. I had to work hard to get my old apartment up to my approval and I don’t think it’s fair to have to downgrade apartments and have to deal with something nasty. I told them I wanted to move and they told me that I couldn’t because I signed a lease with them and they are giving me “shelter.” What are my options? Can I move if they can’t provide me with the same exact floor plan at the same quality?

Administrator answers:

That is the apartment you picked and moved in to, not the other ones they are trying to give you now. If your lease states the apartment number and address that now does not have a roof, legally you should be able to end your lease with no penalties. I realize that they think they are trying to “help” you and are being fair, but the apartment you were in, and the apartment you agreed to on your lease, is now uninhabitable. I think they would lose in court.

Lisa asks…

showed me wrong floor-plan at lease!!!?

my friends and I are renting an apartment in Iowa city and were were told that the third bedroom would be larger so we would be able to fit two people. however, after we went and looked at the apartment, they had shown us the wrong floor-plan after emailing them they told us that there were no more apartments of the size we wanted sorry for the inconvenience. but we still have a contract with the place they lied to us about.

is this legal?

Administrator answers:

Probably not. They have a contract, but they induced you to sign by providing incorrect information.

As long as you are in Iowa City, why not contact the law school and see if they have a free legal clinic.

George asks…

Decorating an open floor plan LOFT?

I live in a -very- small renovated barn, that is an upstairs apartment. I have wooden floors and wooden beam ceilings. To get into the apartment we have a indoor stair case that leads up into the living area, and as soon as you walk in and look up you see our bedroom basically above the kitchen and bathroom (which does have a door and it’s own room).
The main floor is basically one room, which is our living room and the kitchen is below the loft (which you have to use a ladder to get to) in it’s own seperate space. The kitchen and the living room are separated by an island counter. The most thing that takes up space is our couch and futon in the living room. The good thing about this place is it has a medium sized deck and a sliding glass door that lets in a lot of light, and two other windows on the same wall.

Do you have any decorating advice for such a small space?

Administrator answers:

I would keep it all one color…. Something that echoes the sunlight somehow ….. Like pale pale orange, so pale you can hardly see it, and that way it would complement the wooden beams, but be warm at the same time……. And then have stronger colors on the furniture, curtains, etc….. Like straight aqua green and then shades and pastels of aqua green……….. It really depends upon the feeling of the house and the setting: those determine the feng-shui of the color choices……how many trees are around the house, any flowers, how much sky you see…and how hot the house becomes in the summer, what it is like in the winter


Richard asks…

Who should get the bedroom?

So i’m a fifteen year old girl and i live with my parents in a one bedroom apartment. When i was little, i would sleep next to my parents on a big, king-sized mattress. I was okay with it since i was little and i didn’t really care. As i got older, it bothered me so i started sleeping on the living room floor. I’d have a matt and foam or whatever. Sometimes i’d sleep on the couch.
Then my mom started getting worried i was too exposed, sleeping in the living room by myself. So we switched. my parents went out and i got the bedroom. We thought of putting up a dividers (that’s what my two neighbors did since they were coincidentally only childs as well. One put up dividers and the other… i think her dad actually made walls but i have no idea for sure.)
Anyway a few months ago, we gave the big bed away to my cousin and i’ve been sleeping on the floor for 5 months. My parents sleep more comfortably, using the couch and other stuff. Personally, i don’t think their “bed” is comfortable. i feel like i’m sinking but they are fine with it so ok.
So currently, the plan is that i get the bedroom. i can have a bed (or futon, idk) and my desk and my stuff in here. Like a normal teenager with their own room. My parents would then sleep outside (aka the livingroom). I’ve suggested a sofa bed but they claim it’s uncomfortable. I love the idea of having my own room without feeling bad. i’ve wanted one for so long. But i feel guilty having my parents make their bed everyday and have to sleep on the floor.
There’s the option of having a divider but it’d be too small and i need a study table because i’m always doing homework. I’m so conflicted. i want my own room but i don’t want to feel guilty. i want my own room so i can have my own privacy and a place my friends and i can hang out. i also dont want my parents to resent me though. i’m so lost. What should i do?

btw… we could also have to beds in the room BUT it’s take a lot of space and it just won’t work out with the room design. and i really want my own privacy and to be independent.

please don’t get mad & tell me i’m ungrateful. i’m trying to make the right decison.

Administrator answers:

Take the room, be flexible about sleeping arrangements and keep it tidy. Also study as much as you can and get the best grades you can so you can get a good job and start earning pretty early.
You will only spend a few more years at home so use the advantage your parents are giving you. For you this time is critical, you need to study and get good results in life to get ahead. For your parents, possibly not so critical.

Be grateful but you should not feel too guilty. Your parents want to do the best for you they can. Just make sure that you show appreciation and really do the work at school.

Mandy asks…

Bedroom exposed to kitchen??? I need some advice about a retirement renovation?

I have a big country home with a 4 room in-law’s apt in the basement. The apartment has a great layout. Two thirds underground but the rest is open, full size windows showing a river view and two walk-in entries. My question, my hubby and I are thinking about moving into that apartment and giving my son and his wife the upper floors. They will have better use for it than we do at our age, too much upkeep for me! The floor plan for the apt. goes like this: L shaped, bathroom off of a small bedroom, next kitchen then living room and another bedroom, also 2 good size closets, one in each bedroom. My problem is that the bedrooms are small and my bed is a queen size, scrolled wrought iron with a headboard and foot board. It will feel quite cramped in there for me so I’d like to open it up, take down the wall separating the kitchen and bedroom. I found these great old corbels from a Victorian porch that I’d like to use in the corners of the open wall giving it an architectural feature that will resemble an archway into the bedroom. I think it will frame the bed nicely and give me the feeling of more space. I’m not worried about the privacy of a door since it is only my husband and myself in the apartment.
Can it work? Will it just look stupid to have the bedroom seen form the kitchen. When I have guests over they have to go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom anyway. We just want to keep it small and simple during our retirement, no fuss no muss!
And yes, we are aware of the physical structure of the home, ie support beams, etc. . .

Administrator answers:

My parents are recently retired and quickly both experienced health related changes. They had their bedroom upstairs and now have had to move to the first floor, since getting around is much more difficult.
Remodeling basements is generally quite easy, as walls are generally not load bearing, and the upstairs electrical and plumbing is run in the ceilling not walls. What I’ve seen from my parents is that entering the home needs to be as conveinient as possible, so pay attention to the entry as well. Definitely enlarge the bedroom to allow for ample space on both sides of the bed (thinking wheel chair access). Enlarge the bathroom door (wheelchair width), and consider spending the money to enlarge the bathroom including a taller seat toilet (like in a public building), with the extra wood structure behind the wall for mounting hand rails later if they become necessary. Add/remodel a walk-in shower with little to no lip at the floor. These changes may make life easier now…but will be necessary later if one of you becomes unsteady.
I would also recommend having the washer and dryer easilly accessible (if its not already).

I would try and close off the bedroom. There could be a time that one of you really needs to sleep, and the other may want to have a phone conversation or watch TV in the next room without bothering the other. Open bedroom works well for a single person to save space/open the space, but for 2 people its not as practicle in my opinnion.

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