Monday, June 10, 2013

Scope Creep: The Playroom Story

Have you ever heard the term scope creep?  I hadn't, until my engineer-husband experienced a particularly bad bout at work.  He used the term in a casual conversation and was then required to explain. Wikipedia defines scope creep thus:
Scope creep (also called requirement creep and feature creep) in project management refers to uncontrolled changes or continuous growth in a project's scope. This phenomenon can occur when the scope of a project is not properly defined, documented, or controlled. It is generally considered a negative occurrence, to be avoided.

If I had been the one to name the phenomenon, I'd have chosen something like "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Syndrome".  But nobody asked me...

In the middle of February, I discovered I had some Christmas/Birthday money saved up. I'd recently moved all of our school things into the playroom and was dreaming about the gorgeous built-in shelves Jason made for our previous home.  I was hoping Jason could build something similar in the playroom. I brought this up one day, mentioning that I'd like to use my saved up money to fund the project.

Jason was quickly on board and we then started dreaming about what this room could be.  
Before either of us knew what had happened we had restructured our project budget and added more money (from other projects) to the school/playroom budget.

Before long we were in demolition mode (pulling out the "stage" and yucky laminate flooring), picking out paint colors, patching a plethera of holes and other wall issues, and completely remodeling the room.  

Scope creep.



{eventually I plan to put bulletin boards over both desks}


{the beloved typewriter on Ellie's desk}



 As I mentioned in this post, I was able to do a very fun project as part of our remodel.  I've always wanted to paint a mural, and the time was finally right.  I painted this huge world map (about 6' by 12') with the help of our snazzy new projector.

I'm happy with how it turned out, except after I thought I was all done I discovered that I had painted the Black Sea yellow (like a country) instead of swirly blue like it is supposed to be.  That is easily remedied, though.

Around the edges I painted the lyrics of What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong (actually it was written by Bob Thiele).

 The mural space before:

After completing this project, we are finally starting to love this house.  It's certainly been a long road, but we are finally working on fun projects instead of just fixing dangerous/ruined things.  Much better!

We love the soothing light blue walls, the super-cushy carpet and the gorgeous shelving and desks.

I'm very happy that we were able to let our scope creep and that my fantastically talented husband made this beautiful room for our school and play time.


  1. I love it! It looks amazing, you guys did a great job. Love the paint color too.

    1. Thanks, Emily! We're really happy with it!