September 25, 2023

Improve Our Home

What About Matt’s Recreation Room?

6 min read

I don’t know why, however I’ve been getting a number of questions on Matt’s sport room currently. Why doesn’t Matt have a sport room anymore? The place does he play his video video games?

Matt loves video video games. He’s been a gamer since lengthy earlier than I met him, and he has collected all types of gaming programs, from the earliest gaming programs to the latest. In all, he most likely has 24 gaming programs which might be presently packed away, and two which might be at all times connected and prepared for use.

Once we first purchased this home, we had three bedrooms. We decided that one can be the master suite (clearly), one can be my workplace, and one can be his sport room. That appeared one thing like this…

However my goodness, how issues have modified over time! Since then, the storage was became my (nonetheless unfinished) studio…

studio progress as of 10-25-2019 - 1

The bed room marked “Kristi’s workplace” has been became the visitor bed room, which we’re presently utilizing as our principal bed room…

guest bedroom - finished - closet and headboard wall

The unique main bedroom has been fully reworked right into a (nonetheless unfinished) grasp toilet…

(That’s an older image. I simply realized I don’t have any latest footage of the bathtub/mural/water closet space now that the facet wall is completed.)

And what was Matt’s gaming room is now going to be our residence fitness center.

(That’s additionally an older image.)

So the place does that depart Matt’s gaming room?

Eradicated. Deleted. Matt received’t have a gaming room.

I really feel like when some individuals hear that, their speedy response is, “Oh, poor Matt!” I’ve gotten the distinct impression over time that some individuals appear to assume that I rule this family with an iron fist, and poor, helpless Matt is left defenseless in opposition to me bulldozing over him with my plans, leaving his desires and wishes on the slicing room flooring.

Nothing might be farther from the reality, and fairly frankly, that insinuation from some commenters over time has infuriated Matt. In reality, there was a remark left on a submit simply final month that angered Matt a lot that he wouldn’t cease speaking about it for 2 days. He was offended. Any insinuation that he’s weak of thoughts, weak of will, that he has no voice on this family, and that I stroll throughout him, makes him offended (and Matt’s very easygoing, so it takes lots to upset him).

The actual fact is that Matt and I talk about all the pieces. Each ultimate choice that’s made on this home is one which we’ve mentioned. Now relating to adorning, Matt typically couldn’t care much less. However relating to how every room is used (i.e., the aim for every room) he has his say. In any case, the entire cause we don’t have a breakfast room proper now’s as a result of Matt mentioned he wished a recliner in a room the place he might watch TV, and that’s the one room the place there was area for a recliner in entrance of a TV. Matt instructed me what he wished, and I acquired it finished.

Matt additionally has the ultimate say concerning the order by which the massive initiatives are finished since he’s the one who retains up with our price range. So when my studio got here earlier than a grasp toilet, that was Matt’s doing. If constructing a brand new workshop for me comes earlier than the addition (which he has advised, however we haven’t determined for certain but), that might be Matt’s doing, not mine. Matt may be very a lot concerned within the choice making, and since he is aware of our price range higher than I do, he at all times has the ultimate say.

All that to say that if Matt completely wished a sport room, Matt would completely have a sport room, and I’d enhance it precisely as he wished in order that it might be all his together with his personal fashion.

However the longer that Matt lives with M.S., the extra he realizes that doing all the pieces he can to maintain his muscle tissue working as a lot as attainable is a high precedence. So once I threw out the concept of turning a room in our home into a house fitness center, he was on board instantly. Bodily well being trumps gaming any day of the week, and Matt may be very a lot wanting ahead to having that room devoted for that function. He’s enthusiastic about having that room the place he can have quick access to his train bike, weights, and different issues that might be out and available to be used each single day.

I threw out the concept of a house fitness center as a substitute of a sport room, however the ultimate choice was Matt’s. I didn’t should do any arm twisting, manipulating, whining, bulldozing, or the rest to get my means, and my purpose wasn’t to take Matt’s sport room away from him. My purpose was to supply an area that Matt may benefit from by specializing in his bodily well being.

So the place does that depart the gaming programs? For now, he has one hooked as much as the TV within the bed room, and he additionally performs video games on the opposite two TVs in the home (breakfast room and studio). However once I work on the house fitness center, I do plan to place a bit gaming space within the massive open closet for him.

I believe there might be room for him to decide on his two or three favourite gaming consoles that can at all times be hooked as much as the TV in there, and for now, that might be his gaming space.

Matt loves the concept, and appears fully happy with that association. For now, his bodily well being is the precedence.

EDIT: To be clear, I do know that some individuals simply ask questions like, “The place’s Matt’s sport room? The place does he play video games?” out of sheer curiosity. I don’t have an issue with that in any respect. 🙂 If in case you have questions, ask away, and I’ll do my finest to reply! However I do additionally know that there are these handful of people that ask these questions with preconceived notions of me bulldozing over Matt, and I do know that due to the feedback which have been left on my weblog over time.

However I don’t have an issue in any respect with basic questions out of sheer curiosity. 🙂 I do know we’ve made a number of modifications over time, and have made plans solely to vary them later, so issues can get complicated. In case you’re confused about these issues, be happy to ask questions! 🙂

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