Ann Marie Titsworth, Lot #2
Some things turn out better if you have to wait for them. After finishing the core structure of our cabin and moving in the same day, we were in need of a break; a chance to stop the financial hemorrhaging that is house construction and time to store up some reserves to add on in the future.
I often imagined how much better our house would have been if the deck had been finished when we moved in. Time and money didn’t agree. We waited a few months, talked to a builder, waited a few more months, reworked our budget to save more, and waited another six months – no longer discussing the project that had started to seem impossible.
The situation changed when family confirmed they were coming for a visit and they were staying at our (500 sq ft) house. Now the directive was clear – the deck had to be built or we probably wouldn’t all survive the holidays.
Our neighbor and friend, a builder from Vermont, was hired for the job. With his help, we decided on some modifications to the original design in order to enclose the deck with a low, teak wall and improve the placement of the stairs and entrance.
The result was utterly fantastic, completely…pura vida. Had the deck been finished in the initial construction project according to the original plan, we would have a very different, less functional space. It may be several years before we start our next add-on (a bedroom and small apartment to the side) but based on this project, I know it will be worth the wait. Heck, I’m not even in a hurry.