Russ had a great meeting with the contractor Saturday morning. They looked at our barn and the storage space Russ is planning to create. They decided more structural support is necessary, which means more planning is needed before we can jump in.
Saturday night we had a long dinner with our friends Rick and Beth. Three hours were devoted to a good, hard look at our finances. In some ways we are in good shape, and we can tolerate some debt, but likely not the amount we would need to take on the large remodel we want. Oh, the balance of “wants” and “needs”.
Rick asked us where we want to live in ten years, and then twenty. We would love to live right here in this house, unless the Lord has a different plan. He asked how many kids we thought might be living at home in ten years. Now there’s a tricky question – who knows what God might do? We talked about our vision for how we want our home to serve our family, and others in need of a home.
Clearly, the most pressing need is for one bedroom with a bathroom for Dimples, which could be accomplished with a garage remodel – this would also mean a need for alternative storage. The barn loft is a possibility, a large shed is also an option.
Another idea we’ve been tossing around would be to build a barn/shop with an apartment over it. Our big boys could move out there; it could also be used for older kids coming home to visit, and for other guests or people in need. I dream of having a place for a teen mom and her baby – wouldn’t that be great? Then we could convert the boys’ bedroom into a space for Dimples, or maybe even two small bedrooms.
I am not a numbers person, but I even wonder if we could swing those two projects, which would give us a shop/barn for storage, tools, the tractor, etc. As well as bedrooms, space for the older boys, a playroom, and some of our other “wants”.
Overall, I’m thankful to have a realistic perspective on our finances and the options we have. We’ll see what the Lord has in mind; thankfully, I think we’re getting closer to knowing His will.
Here are a few books that I would like to read as we work through our plans. I read the first one awhile ago, but it’s the book on remodeling that really interests me. I’m sure the plans are all intended for smaller families, and ones without special needs kids, but the principles may still be helpful.
Have you read any of these? Are there any books you would recommend?
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