CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY-NINE
“We thought we’d make this basement wall a glass wall,” Jill said. “It’s a supporting wall, so it will be a little bit of a trick, but we called the Engineer yesterday and he said he thought we could make it work.”
“We’ll put the kitchen down here,” Jacob said. “This will be your open living space. We’ll make window wells around every window so that it’ll have lots of light. There will be a space for watching television, for the kids to play, and a few computer stations for homework and work.”
“Where will I stay?” Tanesha asked. “The last plan had me in the basement.”
“And my recording studio,” Jeraine said.
“Ah, exactly,” Jacob said. “Hold onto the recording studio. Tanesha, we have a couple of options for you. Jill?”
“Jake realized that the only thing that would work was if each of you had your own room and a sitting room,” Jill said. “We put the adult rooms on the second floor.”
“Where the kitchen was?” Nelson asked.
“Where the original entrance was,” Jill said. “So the original first floor.”
“There are four adults — Heather, Blane, Nelson, and Tres,” Jill said. “We fit them here.”
“First,” Jacob said, “we thought of putting them in a line, but it makes all of the rooms kind of small.”
“And not very private,” Jill said.
“We put two on each side of the hallway,” Jacob said. “Each room is not as long but each one has its own outside space. They will each have sitting room for when the kids stay with you. The ones in the front have a patio with actual land. The ones in the back have private patio space.”
“We’ve reshaped the front yard a bit, but not much,” Jill said. “It should help sound proof the front rooms and give more privacy to the front space.”
“We thought that you could keep your own garden here,” Jacob said. “Nelson could stargaze in the back.”
“Perfect,” Nelson said.
“We put the kids rooms on the top floor,” Jacob said. “While they are young now, they will be sixteen sooner than later.”
“If they’re up here, they can’t creep out?” Blane asked with a laugh. “What are you going to do with yours?”
“Lock them up,” Jill said without missing a beat.
“If you have more kids,” Jacob said. “We made four rooms upstairs with a play room. Each room, like the ones on the first floor, has a full bath with a shower and a bath.”
“We can make the other rooms into offices,” Jill said. “Or whatever you think you might want.”
“My recording studio?” Jeraine asked.
“Ah yes,” Jacob said. He looked at Jill.
“That,” Jill said.
“Well…” Jacob said.
They laughed when Jeraine looked offended. Realizing they were teasing him, Jeraine grinned from ear to ear.
“You told me, more than once, that your dream was to have a place for people to stay while they worked for you,” Jacob said.
“Like the guy on the coast,” Jeraine nodded. “People come there and stay. They hang out, relax, and come up with great music. There isn’t anything like that for people like us.”
Denver Cereal continue tomorrow…
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