We have started the process of building our “forever home.” We’ve picked out all of our options, signed our contract and are just waiting for the road to our street to be complete so they can actually start construction. To say I’m excited would be the understatement of the WORLD. I’ve already started buying a
ridiculous amount few things for the new house. It’s hard to buy things for a house that doesn’t exist yet, so I’m having to do LOTS of measuring.
Thanks to Pinterest, I’m determined to use IKEA for a lot of hacks around the house. First up is the sunroom that will be a playroom for our kiddos. Three of the walls are completely covered with windows that begin about 12-18 inches above the floor. Storage is going to be an issue if I don’t come up with something creative. IKEA shelving to the rescue! My plan is to lay bookcases longways along the floor to allow for bins/books to be stored. I’m also going to make cushions for the tops so they can double as seats. Each wall is 20 feet long and each bookcase is 57.875 inches tall. 20 feet = 240 inches and 240 / 57.875 = 4.14 which means I could fit 4 bookcases along each wall. That’s the fun math. The not so fun math is determining the cost of those shelves. I would need 12 since three of the walls will be utilizing them. Each bookcase is $59.99. $59.99 x 12 =
Next up is the living room. We have a formal living room, but I refuse to have one of those fancy rooms that nobody is allowed to go in. Rather than pay for expensive built-ins, I decided that we are going to make our own. My plan is to have the living room be almost like a library with shelving that will store all of our family photo albums and books. The living room wall where I’d put the shelving is 14 feet, 4 inches long. Each shelving unit is 29.5 inches long. 14’4″ = 172 inches. 172 / 29.5 = 5.83 which means I could make the wall to wall (almost) unit with 5 of these. One is priced at $95, so 95 x 5 = $475.
Last on the list for now is my office. I plan to have one entire wall of my office consist of shelving. I LOVE the 4×5 Kallax units because they are big and provide for lots of storage as well as display areas. The unit is 57.875 inches wide. The wall in my office is 12 feet 7.5 inches long. 12’7.5″ = 151.5 inches. 151.5 / 57.875 = 2.6. Luckily for my wallet me I will only need two of these and have plenty of room to spare. One is $139, so I’d need to spend $278 for 32 units of storage.
I’m certain I’ll be back with may more MIRL posts regarding this house… especially when it comes to time to paint and build a deck!
For a real life math activity, check out my Real World Checkbook Activity!