Next Door gets a change: Apartment B update.

Our wonderful little apartment B, is named “Next Door” because when we did special events at the Reid House (many moons ago–1998-2002–we would offer it to people as our only furnished apartment: they could stay “Next Door” over at the Odell House.


B is a large ground floor studio with one queen and one twin bed, full kitchen and private bath.

The antique twin sleigh bed is shown below with a newly-upholstered mattress/cushion.  (We HATED the other mattress–these “youth beds” are an odd size–a bit more narrow and slightly longer than a regular twin.)

It is masquerading below as a second sofa or day bed. It can be made up as a proper bed if you need a second sleeping space.  No problem.


Out of sight in the photo above is a really lovely large Art Nouveau stained glass window.


We think of the house as Victorian, but it really has a lot of the classic “Whiplash” design of the slightly later period.



So, originally the formal dining area of the house, B sits toward the back of the house on the south-east corner.  It has its own driveway and a neat little porch sitting area on the main wrap around porch.

Parking is generally in the drive, the main stairs to the larger entry are just to the right of the gate.  Normally one parks just in front of this gate.  (You can see the  top circle of the Dave Govedare statue “Spirit Lines”  just behind the gate.  (He did those wonderful horses that look over the Columbia River at Vantage.  As well as the runners in downtown Spokane.)  We have two of his pieces on site.


In the case of and electric vehicle owner renting the unit, or an overnight car that cannot possibly be in street view–for example, someone staying a night who is  moving with lots of valuable items which must stay in the car–the gate can be opened and the vehicle secured inside the little courtyard.  Other than that, the back area by the garage is a space which is officially private to Rick, myself, and our several shorter companions, Marley and Sage.



Marley, above, who is practically perfect in every way–as a Poodle should be–says she would not dream of chewing on that cat. . .

They are “Klein” Poodles–the fourth European Poodle size–15-19 inches–right between a Miniature and a Standard.  Handy apartment dwellers. Sage, below, is a delightful loud mouth and has never met anyone she does not adore.


They are never out alone, and are obedience school veterans.  (That is why we have the gate, we don’t want to scold the dogs–nor our guests for allowing them to jump up!  We are serious animal people–if you do not believe this, read the post on Pets.)


Back to the interior of B–where the Poodles are NOT allowed!

Apartment B is a very good choice for our Electric Vehicle users as the charger is close by in the gated area.


It also has a very decorative tile fireplace, which sadly cannot be used because of fire codes in Spokane. (Chimney is blocked, but short candles are okay.)

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Above and to the right the larger entry door, sitting area and queen bed to the left.  You can see the headboard of the little twin bed in the photo lower right–it is by the entry to the kitchen.


The seventies-style bathroom vanity.

The bathroom of unit B is on our hit list to remodel, but we are keeping it as is just now because as well as being easy to move in and out of for a short stay, B is also a very good apartment for people recovering from surgery, or with minor injuries.   It is ground floor and (possibly more importantly) it is the only unit without our classic (and tall-sided) claw foot tubs.

The tub and shower arrangement is a very normal, older, lower-sided seventies tub with sliding glass door and a grab bar set in to the tile wall of the shower.  It is non-historic in every way.  Though worn, clean and tidy.  The bath does need to be updated, but when we do so it will be to make it even more user-friendly for people who need easy access.  And that probably will mean a walk in shower.  But for now it is as it is.  Not the focal point of a stay.



Above the small but complete galley kitchen was the original butler’s pantry of the house  (And when you cannot find it, the light to the back porch is under the shelves for drinking glasses on the left. 😉

There you have it, Unit B, Next Door.

The Studio and Next Door reunited

Many of our regular guests have stayed in several of the units.   When we run across one another, the question always comes up, how was the house arranged originally?

Of course, we explain,  it was built as a single family dwelling at the turn of the century.  Neatly 115 years ago, but who is counting?  A scarce thirty years after construction it was broken up into six units–the Depression–and has lived that way ever since.

We don’t know the whole story, having never met anyone who was there at the time, but every now and then we get a hint, find a bottle in a wall, notice a change of trim, get an idea.

Touring through the house in January with Dave Bender, our most excellent carpenter/cabinet maker, and Goeff Loftin our lighting guru, Dave walked into the Studio and said, there was a door there in that wall at one time.

And since that moment I cold not walk into the Studio and not want to see into the next room.

You know what is coming next:

Above is the Studio, now with the grand roughly 8X8 opening that used to be a set of pocket doors from the front parlor, reestablished. (Well, to be honest, we also decided to get rid of the blue brocade wallpaper too–I can hear the cheer!)

Below is how it used to look:

Very nice, yes, but what about the bedroom to B?????

Here is B’s bedroom mid-construction:


Good Question:

Well, the Studio was our most popular rental.

I never understood why.

Not much of a kitchen, no separate bedroom, not very big.  How come everybody wanted it?

You tell me, but I think it is that people traveling for short stays perceive that a whole apartment is too much and they perceived it as very much less expensive–which it was not.  They are all a good deal.

But on actual stays, the feedback I got from those actual stays was the Studio was too small.

Not any more.  We have a new and better studio called Next Door version 2012: The apartment Next Door is now slightly smaller–a better Studio (And don’t worry we have many lovely full and fuller sized apartments to choose from still) and we have plans for the bigger Studio.

Here is Next Door–the smaller version–also now serving as a gallery for the perfectly stunning landscapes of William Elston, which are for sale and something one should consider.  Nice room.  Great art.

Breakfast in front of the fireplace?

Showcase for antique lighting

Yes, yes, and yes!

The door to the once bedroom of B is locked (but can be opened to share our next project which I will tell you about in another post.)

I think the house is happy–we certainly are, and hope you will be as well!

Best wishes,  Dale and Rick.