We bought a house this summer, something that happens often enough when people move, and we’ve moved often in the past 20+ years. However, this is different. Most of our moves have been work related, overseas, and into houses and apartments that we really did not have much input into. We’re back in the US now, and finally got to choose something for ourselves.
The challenge of finding this house though, was still work-related. We had to find something in the DC area for work. We did not want to be downtown. We wanted good schools. And after many years of living in the desert, we wanted a little patch of green. We lucked out and found a 2 acre property in the suburbs of Maryland with an old/new house and workshop. The house is half and half – half built in the ‘50’s, half built in 2004. For the last 10 years though, the owners rented the place out as an investment property and things have gotten a little run-down – not a bad thing, as it brought the price down for us, and it gives us the opportunity to fix it up our way. It’s more than livable in the meantime.
One feature of the house, which I barely noticed when we moved in, was a club house in the back half-acre, which is overgrown with trees and brush. When looking at the property, I had written it off as a falling down play structure that my kids probably wouldn’t be interested in anyway. Something to tear down. I barely glanced at it. Turns out, it’s actually a darn solid, quite good sized club house and my 11yo and her friend are definitely interested in fixing it up. I think that this will be a great forum for me to keep track of the progress, and I will start with some ‘before’ photos.
I don’t think this was a ‘kit’ playhouse. It was made quite well by somebody who knew what they were doing. Besides the obvious cleaning and painting that this house needs, the railing on the ‘porch’ needs replacing, I may want to brace the main posts with a couple of additional beams (the house is sturdy enough to hold adults without wobbling, but I’d feel better in the long run with additional safety measures), and the kids were also discussing doors, screens and shutters for camping purposes.
-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"