A guest post from Michael Longsdon at elderfreedom.net about downsizing for seniors.
Dan here. We’re going to take a brief break from the transformation at Hildring House to explore downsizing.
Michael Longsdon of elderfreedom.net reached out wanting to share some information on downsizing for seniors on With the Barretts. I thought this was a timely subject (and not just because I’m knocking on the door of Social Security and Medicare, myself). This month’s issue of Debra’s real estate newsletter – Harmonious Home Adventures – is devoted to downsizing.
Folks downsize for all sorts of reasons and aging is a major one, for sure. So, our thanks to Michael and elderfreedom.net for taking the time and recognizing that adventures take many forms. Here is Michael’s article:
The Best Advice for Seniors Wanting a Successful Downsize for Their Golden Years
Are you considering transitioning into a smaller home for your golden years? Moving into a house which will be less costly and easier to maintain can be tempting, but sometimes, the process of downsizing is daunting. Here is some important advice for finding the right home and making a successful transition.
Part 1 of the Before & After photos of the Hildring House Adventure – With the Barretts
Before & After at Hildring House – Part 1
You never reach a point in home remodel and redesign where everything is “done.” There is always more that could be changed. Another tweak of paint or fabric or flooring, a different window treatment, an alternative furniture placement.
At Hildring House, almost everything has changed. Even if a room hasn’t completely changed, it hasn’t gone untouched.
But we’re at the stage where we have to say, “enough.”
I believe the transformation Debra brought about here at Hildring House is astonishing. So, let’s take a look at some before and after shots, shall we?
The first change you notice about the facade is the color, since it’s the most dramatic. As important, however, is the fact that you can see more of it. Removing the huge bushes standing guard at the front door and the scraggly hedges blocking the windows made a huge difference – inside and out.
But, wait! There is so much more. Let’s go take a look.
2019 & the power of intention. Let’s make it a great new year.
For a ‘50s kid, it’s a bit surreal to think that it’s 2019. When the millennium changed, everyone made such a big deal out of it (let’s not forget Y2K hysteria) that it turned out not to be such a big deal, after all.
But, 2019. Holy smokes.
During my childhood, 2019 was an impossibly futuristic date, a fantasy
of flying cars and anti-gravity rays and buildings that literally scrape
the sky. (Why has mastering gravity always been a touchstone of
futuristic fantasy? Note for discussion in a later post.)
I’ve seen some things on the Internet and in newspaper deriding New Year’s celebrations as “just an arbitrary date on the calendar.” As far as that goes, any calendar date is arbitrary, isn’t it? If we were still reckoning the passage of time under the Julian calendar, rather than the Gregorian one, today would be December 19, 2018, rather than January 1, 2019.
I prefer the latter, thank you very much. I want it to be a new year. And, so it is.
Intention is perhaps the most powerful force in the universe. I say “perhaps” only because the things that we know represents such a minuscule part of the vast ocean of things to know.
Tyler, who writes for Hamillcreek.com, reached out to WiththeBarretts about sharing a post lauding timber frame home construction. We’re pleased for the opportunity to share his work – and to feature the Hamill Creek site. Go check it out – it’s well worth the visit.
Here is Tyler’s article:
Timber Frame Home Designs – Eternally Beautiful Homes