The Must-Haves and Want-to-Haves…
Lucynda met me at ‘the house’ on Prentiss to walk through and get a feel for what I wanted in a new home. The house has 3 bedrooms, a nice living room, dining room and library. Baths are outdated. It has the charm of a 1930′s era structure: imperfect plaster walls, slants to some floors, knob and tube light switches like my grandmother had, overgrown shrubbery, not many working appliances….
Lucynda listened to my list of must-haves and want-to-haves and carefully measured the spaces we had to work with. There were many challenges to work around. The back entrance of the house was actually on the back side, so entering at night especially was sketchy. I don’t like entering a house directly into a living room area, and this was how the house was designed.
The kitchen was dismal. Dark. The only appliance that worked was a microwave, and it went away with the previous owner! The house has two fireplaces, but the previous owner had never used them, creating uncertainty about their functionality.
And I have a budget, those pesky numbers that we try to live within.
By mid-October, Lucynda had come up with 2 plans for consideration! One, more traditional, used the rooms as they were, with upgrades and the addition of a fabulous front porch and screened porch. I had thought the screened porch would be out the back of the house, but she recognized the shady, private side yard as the perfect place to build it. Why have a view of the porch in the hot sun when we could have a shady, welcoming location? I’m convinced.
The second plan was a revolution of space. It ‘re-purposed’ many of the rooms to be in a more user-friendly configuration, resulting in a two bedroom/2 bathroom house that offered the kind of space I really wanted.
My daughter was a skeptic. Laura expressed concern about the resale value of the house if it was reduced from three bedrooms to two. My response: “That will be your problem, sweetie!”