In a previous post I detailed how my plans to paint the north facade of the Cross House were thwarted by an unexpected opportunity to rent the carriage house, thus forcing me to focus my attentions on the carriage house.
When I purchased the Cross House property, the previous owner had renovated the carriage house, and this work was about 85% completed. The kitchen was all new, as were three bathrooms, and all were also mostly completed.
The sensible thing would have been to finish the last 15%, and get the carriage house rented.
But sense & sensibility have rarely been a part of my life experience. Indeed, I seem allergic to these qualities.
My worry was that by finishing the work, it would endure till the end of time. This caused me some measure of anxiety. You see, the new kitchen was all Home Deport with nary the slightest vestige of an old kitchen. Sigh.
Same for the three new bathrooms. Sigh.
Then there was a carbuncle grafted onto a corner of the dining room, made necessary when a handicapped-accessible bathroom was installed several decades previously when the carriage house was converted into a troubled boys home. Thus, the elegant rectangular dining room was now a curious L-shape. Sigh.
The front porch was huge, L-shaped, and seriously rotted. It needed to be wholly rebuilt. Sigh.
Right away I demolished the rotted 1921 porch, and the offensive carbuncle of a bathroom. The rest? I was teaching myself a bit of sense & sensibility. Like people who work out daily to build muscle, I exercised on becoming more sensible. Because the carriage house would be rented, I knew that 99.9% of renters would be THRILLED with a new Home Depot kitchen and bathrooms.
When I wavered, I just did some more S&S workouts. No pain; no gain.
The carriage house is an 1894 structure with a 1921 first-floor interior (when the carriage house was converted into a house). Because the Cross House is so huge and so demanding of my time and energy, the carriage house has been kinda orphaned and ignored, even though I am highly aware that it is pretty cool in its own right. I love being in it. It has great energy and interesting spatial qualities.