Hello. Happy New Year.
The start of the year is always special for us because it marks the anniversary of when we found the farm.
Four years ago today, we submitted our offer on the farm. Our search had lasted a year and a half. We’d seen lots of farms and a few that we actually liked.
With any farm that we thought might have potential, my usual routine was to return home and work up a floorplan of how I would reconfigure the house to make it my dream home.
The house was usually the least important factor when we were looking at a farm. Location, quality of property, whether there was a barn. Those mattered to us. The house, I figured I could work on that.
My floorplans were not to scale and usually more dream than reality, but they were a regular part of my process.
Except on this farm.
I never drew a floorplan. It wasn’t that the house was perfect. Lots of things were missing: master suite, garage, front porch. And there was a big thing that I wished was missing: it had an indoor pool, and there was no way I was keeping that.
I definitely had the floorplan in my head.
However, I never sat down at my computer and mocked it up.
But now I have. In fact, I’ve mocked up three different plans.
I’m a big believer that living in a space helps me make the best decisions about how to renovate it. My vision for this house has changed over the past four years.
Before we get to the vision, let’s start with the reality. Here’s the main floor as it exists today (in fact, pretty much as it existed when we saw it four years ago).
And here’s the front of the house as it looked last June.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some different floorplans with you, and you can see how my vision has progressed over the years.
There are still lots of questions to work out, and I hope that you’ll share your opinions as we go.