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Our Next Home

October 1, 2011

We were not looking for a bigger house, only one in our price range with a floor plan  that would accommodate an elevator.  God gave us twice as much house as we need, in our first choice neighborhood, at a bargain price because it has an old-fashioned Colonial layout and everyone buying or building in our booming suburb seems to want an open floor plan.

I, on the other hand, walked in and felt immediately at home with walls, French doors, and arched doorways: elements that define and put boundaries on space. This was the first house we looked at and for weeks, as we considered others, I tried to figure out how this house, a place I’d never been, could strike me as “home.” It finally occurred to me that after a fashion, I have been here before; a house in a distant suburb I lived and worked in while I was at college 25 years ago had elements in common with this house.

Besides, that, as you can tell, the house comes with a garden. The garden has good bones, as they say, and fleshing it out will give me pleasure.

Even though this development is heavily treed, our back yard is open and sunny because, I think the placement of the barn indicates, the house (which was built in 1993) was built at the edge of what used to be the farmyard. Imposing a neighborhood on top of the farm has radically altered the landscape. Trees planted 20 years ago along the new property lines obscure what was once here, something I ought to be able to construct from property records and old maps. For, us, though, the absence of much landscaping in the back yard means that bringing in heavy equipment to dig the elevator shaft will do little damage.

When we put the landscape back together again, I want to take my design cues from the barn. The pavers edging the garden beds and the stacking cement block retaining walls need to be replaced with boulders to echo the barn foundation. Ambitious? Yes. Expensive? Maybe prohibitively so, for now. But, Lord willing, this is the house we will spend the rest of our lives in. So if God gives it, there will be time.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2011 2:02 pm

    That is Beautiful.. so glad God chose this blessing for you!

  2. Danyelle permalink
    October 9, 2011 3:20 pm

    It looks beautiful! So excited for your family.

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