One thing I’ve noticed about living out-of-town is the measures folks will go to in order to make it work. If last Thursday’s post didn’t convince you, let me try again.
Back in the day, you lived with your family until you got married. You moved into a modest home, often only one or two rooms, and started your own family. As your spacial needs grew and the snow thawed, rooms were added to homes and chicken coops and barns to accommodate new members and machines that needed cover. You didn’t move. Families stayed on the same property for generations, for better or for worse.
It’s rare these days to see expansion. We see upgrading– moving into a bigger home, buying a bigger shed, tearing down and starting over. But, we rarely see additions anymore. They make us think of poverty, Grapes of Wrath, Materials and personal lack-of-know-how have rendered the addition impractical. It’s simply cheaper to move.
We’re not moving.
But, we will need more space. Eventually, a living addition with a bedroom and garage will be added to The Shoebox. We finished half the basement just before SuperKid arrived, giving Rylie a bedroom of her own and a living room with carpet GodblessAmerica. The bigger addition will not be needed for a while, but we’re going to start practicing.
We’ll be adding on to the chicken coop to make room for little peeps this summer. Baby chicks need their own space until they are bigger enough to run with the big girls. The big girls, well… they’re a bit like high school girls, if you catch my drift. A little clique-ish, a little mean to newcomers. They need their space.
The mini-coop will be small enough that it will be impossible for me to become entrapped within. Phew! It will be large enough to hold chicks for a couple of months, and it will connect to the enclosed chicken yard to allow for exercise when they’re up for it. Ry has requested a little peep-hole to check on the birdies without taking the roof off, and that is brilliant. We’re going to keep that kid.
I am simply the visionary around here. The Boy does the heavy lifting. But, we make a good team.
And, a good home.
What would you change about your house, if you could? Push out the kitchen? Add another bathroom? Create a mudroom?