The Little House On The Channel- 15 Overnight Guests

by | Jul 9, 2020 | Interesting Information | 0 comments

If you have read any of my other blogs about our Little House On The Channel you know we live in a 780 SF home without a basement. 

My husband has joked over the years that I believe if I have 780 SF we should be able to have 780 people in our house!  One square foot per person would be fine (drag out the letter “i” in fine for added emphasis on “it will all be fiiiine”).  Obviously, I do not really believe that, but I do love to entertain and have overnight guests.  One of my favorite things is to leisurely sip coffee in the morning with my guests on the deck or on a coffee cruise on our boat. No phones, no screens, no distractions, just good ole conversations.

Little House Deck
Coffee Cruise

One would think having only 1 bedroom would mean we can’t have guests spend the night, but, we solved that problem when we did the remodel. Click here to hear about our “sleeping quarters” in the Annex.

The second summer we lived in The Little House we had good friends stay with us for a few days. Even with the Annex we did not have enough beds for everyone. We borrowed a 5th wheel camper from a friend. It had a living room, master bed, two additional beds and a 1 ½ baths. It was 2 feet longer than my house and looked huge in my driveway. It temporarily added an additional 400 Square feet of living space to My Little House.

The camper was a great solution to allow us to host a larger group and for our guests who do not want to climb steep stairs. Since we live on the water most people want to visit us when the boat can be in the water. We knew we would not be able to borrow our friends’ camper every time we had guests so we looked into the cost to rent a camper when we host large groups. We decided for the amount of money and the hassle of renting a camper we would look into purchasing one.

Should be simple enough, right? Wrong! We were surprised to see the price tag on campers that, in our opinion, needed a lot of work. We looked at a number of ones that smelled bad, had leaks or a layout that would not work out for what we had in mind.

The one we finally chose was a good price, appeared to have only one “small spongy spot” on the floor, the layout worked and the guy would deliver it to our house. Great!

Our original plan for the camper was to rip out the kitchen area for a queen bed, put new floor throughout and paint the room with the twin beds and the bathroom. Then we said for those famous last words: “Now just a little paint and a new floor and we can have guests sleeping in it by the end of the month”! We did not think to specify the end of which month and what year we would have guests sleeping in it.

We found out we have a knack for purchasing things with rotted out floors. When we purchased the little house, we planned out ripping out all the flooring. We did not plan on having to lay all new sub floor, however we found out the floor was completely rotted out in one area. Wade was actually shocked the washer dryer had not fallen into the muddy pit.

Rotted Floor
Rotted Floor

This is the floor of the Little House where the original boat slip was. Somehow when they turned the boat house into a cottage they forgot to stop the water from “slipping” in. This is where my kitchen is now.


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