The Love Your Little House series came from the frustration Bart and I have had when trying to plan an addition to our house.
We live with our two little boys in a 1500 square foot farmhouse, which, quite simply, was NOT built for a 21st century family. It was actually built over 100 years ago, when life was much different.
When we bought the house, we made the decision to remodel and renovate, and hoped to add on at some point. The floor plan is slightly awkward, the rooms are small, and there is virtually NO storage space. We wanted to add a big family room that was open to the kitchen, another bedroom, bathroom, and a farm office.
But that’s all much easier said than done.
Problem #1 is the location of the house – the way it sits in relation to our lane, the road, and the septic tank. No matter which way we went, we were met with problems.
Problem #2 is the work we’ve already done. It seems like there is no way to add on without undoing some of what we’ve already completed. And we have so much blood, sweat and tears invested that we really aren’t willing to do that.
Problem #3 is money. Enough said.
So, we are letting go of our dream to add on. Who knows…maybe we’ll change our minds some day, but right now it’s not part of the plan. Not the immediate plan, the 5 year plan, or even the 10 year plan.
But that doesn’t mean we’re going to settle and just endure the problems we have in our Little House. We are going to solve those problems, without adding square footage. Instead of adding space, we are going to add function. We will continue to make changes that will make our house “work” better for our family, and we will NOT agonize over the fact that our house is small.
We will learn to make it work.
We will learn to be content.
We will embrace our Little House.
We will Love our Little House.
Shared at:The Stuff of Success, DIY by Design