DD#2, her husband and two daughters moved in with me shortly after Dave passed away. When they first moved in, we were originally going to use the family room part of the space as a play area, but since it is a converted garage, it didn’t have any HVAC ducts so it was too hot and too cold to be practical for little kids. (Sweet hubby and I used space heaters or fans to make it bearable, or we huddled under heating blankets.) During those three years, however, the studio/family room gradually became the Room of Requirement. It was a perfect space to store stuff to get it out of the way until we were ready to use: stuff from their previous house, old couches, toys that the kids were not ready for, clothes the girls had outgrown. For a while it stored 30 or 40 chairs for our church. Mostly it’s just been a junk room.
A few months ago the house was upgraded with a new HVAC system and ductwork was installed for that room. It is now bearable to be in there! Hazel is now 4 years old and DD#2 is ready to start homeschooling her for preschool. We decided that the Room of Requirement would make a perfect homeschool space while still retaining half for my studio space. But before we take over, SIL wants to clear out the space, put in a proper floor and insulate the walls.