It was a beautiful autumn day, cool and crisp. The AssabetRiver sparkled sunlight reflections below me.I was on my hands and knees, hammer in hand, shingling the garage roof of a 1960s ranch. Taking in the view, I thought, “What a wonderful place this would be to live”.
Original 1960s ranch
Fast forward 10 years.I drove by the house and noticed a 'For Sale' sign in the yard.The owner, a widower in his eighties and an avid river boater, was no longer able to take care of his home. It had become a true handyman’s special.
Jazzed by this turn of fate, I thought, here’s a chance to act on a dream that began on the rooftop. Could I bring that vision alive? Could I transform this tired home into a dwelling for the 21st century, with updated systems, energy efficiencies and design for the way we live today?
When my offer was accepted, I took a deep breath, and asked, “OK, NOW what do I do?”
Stay tuned for our next post on how this vision came to be …