Fri., Apr. 13, 2018
Isaiah 58:12 – Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will restore the foundations laid long ago; you will be called the repairer of broken walls, the restorer of streets where people live.
Thursday was demo day at the Vielhuber household!
Our house is a Victorian farmhouse. It’s a decent sized house. In the 1960’s, it was converted into two apartments. When we purchased the house, it was a single-family dwelling. However, many aspects of the upstairs apartment remained. There was a tiny little kitchen. A small living room. Since moving in, I have wanted to remodel a chunk of the upstairs into a master on suite. Today, the work officially began.
The main area will remain a bedroom. The small living room area will become a walk-in closet. And the kitchen? A new bathroom.
This afternoon, I was working in my upstairs office. I was working through the piles on my credenza that I posted yesterday. Through a closed door, I could hear a crowbar and hammer. A little smile crept on my face. I knew what project Rick had started.
Rick really, really wanted to keep the little kitchen. There is another room on the backside of the upstairs. Rick sees this as a great game room. He wanted to keep the kitchen in tack, so he could make pizza when he had a bunch of guys over to play cards. While this sounds great, personally, I think a master suite is more practical.
After listening to the banging for a while, I wandered back to check progress. Last weekend, hubby Rick and I talked through how theoretically we would redesign the space. Next step: demo day.
Rick openly admitted he doesn’t demo quite like Chip Gaines. We’re not tearing everything out. We try to keep some things in place which are original to the house. Rick is also fastidious about recycling as much as he can. The shelves and cupboards are being removed carefully so they could be upcycled and used again.
Demo day is the first step. It will be a while before I can proudly show pictures of the completed area. But for today, demo day is a good day.
For this, I am grateful.
Lord God – I know we aren’t rebuilding ancient ruins. Maybe just sections of a home that are outdated and need a new purpose. Thank you for the foundation of this home. Thank you also for the various people who have lived here and felt safe and secure. May those who live here now and in the future been blessed by the having this house as a home. Amen.
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