I confess to being ambivalent – in the true sense of the word; I feel strongly two ways – about swimming pools.
On the one hand, nothing enhances a back yard space more elegantly than a well-appointed pool. Add a water feature – a fountain or a waterfall, for instance – and you can have your own small slice of paradise. Here is a pool that we put in the back yard of a house that we built (as opposed to remodeled):
On the other hand, pools literally are holes in the ground that you throw money in. Even if you hire a service to keep the chemicals in balance and perform periodic maintenance, they are a pain. They immediately add 20% to your electric bill and they are magnets for leaves, twigs, strange-looking bugs, and heaven forbid that you have crepe myrtles anywhere on your block. Continue reading “The Hole in the Ground”
So. The problem was the low-hanging eave that stretched the entire length of the house, making an already-below-street-level structure appear fit for hobbits. How to raise the roofline? Here’s a reminder:
This house will keep out the wind, rain, heat, and cold. With a little vision, though, it can be much more.
Even before the landscaping, this house went from just shelter to a place you want to live.
Almost any house can be transformed from simply shelter to a place for living. Debra and I love making that transformation happen. She provides the creative and design genius; I provide an occasional good idea (and lots of not-so-good ones), some labor, and a lot of enthusiasm. (Never underestimate the power of enthusiasm!)
Recognizing potential, listening to your imagination, having faith in the process and your abilities, and staying within budget – that’s the challenge and adventure of transforming spaces.
Watch some of these transformations with us. Share your ideas; let us know what you think of our work. It’ll be a blast!