Despite the setbacks we’ve experienced, we are still feeling good about this small house with the lovely yard we’ve found in Portland. Today we did something fun–we talked to a carpenter about some renovations we want to do. We need to convert a one-car garage into a two-car garage–and it turns out it’s fairly easy. The garage is wide enough, we just need to add a wider door. We want to put in a French Door from the kitchen to the backyard, in place of the door and window in the picture. With such a great backyard, we want to have a better connection between the interior and the exterior. Plus, a French Door will make the entrance wide enough for wheelchair access when we need it.
We also talked about widening the bathroom door for the same access reasons, and putting in French Doors to the office across from the bathroom–to create a wider turning radius in the hallway, and make that room accessible in case of future needs. It will also bring in more light into the hallway. One more project is to add a window in the back bedroom to bring in more light and connection to the yard. The carpenter said all of these were very straightforward projects, and he’ll send an estimate in a couple days.
After the last weeks, we had to step back and re-decide if we could love the property, even with the Water District taking up part of it. We learned that the water main is of a kind that may never need replacement or maintenance–the old cast iron pipes before World War II were better made than those following. And the undeveloped land off the back is owned by several abutting neighbors, which makes it less likely to be the site of a big future development. Now we have another land survey issue that we’ve asked the sellers to work out. So many complications. But all in all, we feel so lucky to have found a good home with a big yard in the city, and so we’ve decided to go forward, and hope that all the complications can be sorted out. Send us good luck and prayers!