You know how amazed you get when you see the beauty some people, (like Chip and Joanna Gaines on Fixer-Upper) can make out of a wreck of a house? Just knock out this wall here and put in a stainless steel kitchen there. And ta-da! A new house is born right before your eyes.
It’s easy if you have the ability (and the money) to “see” the vision. I can see the end result when I have something to work with—we knocked out walls in confident abandon in my present home
So for the past three days I have been walking around my house measuring spaces, measuring couches and desks and doorways in an attempt to imagine what they would look like in a new little house that doesn’t yet exist. My left eye is bloodshot, my brains are beat and I’ve used up a whole pad of graph paper trying to “see” the house that will replace the one we bought after we tear it down.
Yep. That’s it above. I was afraid when our kids saw what we just purchased, they’d be putting us in a home all right but it wouldn’t be the one on the hill.
Now, I have the ability to make beauty out of anything I live in. One summer it was a teepee.
Thing is, when we moved south several years ago we said we were finished with renovations. Had it with carrying ¾” thick sheets of plywood. We were ready to buy a tidy, no maintenance home and get on with other things in life. Simplify. Enjoy.
I can see some of the places I’ve lived are metaphors for the stage of life, state of mind I was in at the time. If that’s so, perhaps I should be worried about this one.
Maybe fixer-upperitis is incurable.
I’ll keep you posted. And if anyone has good info on building a small, efficient, light and airy home on a budget—send it on over, please.
I don’t know how this saga will play out but I do know that my final home is already filled with beauty and I won’t be doing any more fixing up!
In the joy of the Lord,