The mainfloor bedroom: We call this 'cozy', and great for kids!
We'll be honest -- this room was built to be a study. There's no closet, it's pretty small, but we've found it an essential part of the house with the typical number of people who usually head out together on vacation. And given that you probably want to spend most of your waking hours on the lake, on the porch, or on the mainfloor looking out at the lake, we have decided to run with this as a perfectly suitable bedroom that allows anyone to get enough shuteye to get back out and play. My eight year old son thinks of this as his bedroom, and he finds there is plenty of room to have a great night sleep, read during quiet time, and have some room to play away from the baby.
Alternatively, if you keep the trundle bed made up in the semi-couch style it represents, this remains a great study -- a quality space for writing, evaluating, composing, and reflecting.
Making this house work -- and it is a spacious house, to be sure -- has been entirely about being flexible with each space and providing guests like yourselves with options. Thus, the house sleeps 6 people, and I have provided a variety of setups to make those six people in whatever configurations or age groups you arrive in, comfortable and at-home. I like to think of two couples in the two master bedrooms upstairs, possibly with children in each upstairs closet and a grandparent down here on the mainfloor bedroom. Or couples upstairs and two children sharing this mainfloor bedroom on the two twins provided by the trundle. Eventually, we'll add bunk beds in the basement for adolescents and teens. We aren't trying to cram more people in the house; the house pipes can't take a large party of people. But we do want you to be comfortable and to sleep well during your vacation to our lake house. This room provides you with options -- and there are a number for you to consider that will make your trip work perfectly and ensure your children feel as at-home as possible in a strange house. Hopefully, it won't be strange for long.