something to ponder – 2017 #23

We have lived in our house for 12 years. We love the floor plan, the location, the neighbors, and the size of the yard. We have made it our own (after a lot of work). It is HOME.

But..

All our bedrooms are upstairs. It is not an issue for us now, but our fourteen-year-old dog has some problems with the stairs. And one day we may, too.

We have been blessed to be able to “build” (have built for us) three houses. And we have also renovated three other houses that were built by someone else (including where we live now). Each had its challenges, and its rewards.

It isn’t time for us to make a move, and we aren’t considering it right now. (Good thing, since property values are so very high and prohibitive in our area right now.) But every once in a while it does cross our minds.

Here is a renovated home for sale in our area:

There is such a sense of place, and history, and established trees, and the pleasure of preservation, and carrying forward – all are involved with bringing an older house back to life.

Here is a newer home that is also for sale:

The builders have chosen a classic style with current detailed touches and an open floor plan. It speaks of roots, and being established, and sturdy materials, and practical usefulness.

Which one appeals more to you?

5 thoughts on “something to ponder – 2017 #23

  1. jodimahoney says:

    Love this reflection on what works for you now and in the future and the past. Right now, our house is PERFECT for us, but I’m sure if a few years it will feel very empty!

  2. Donna Smith says:

    Having both built and renovated… it is nice both ways. But I’m a sucker for old anything.
    We are in a house we built, and will next month be moving to a very small house we’ve renovated over the past 5 years – and are still QUICKLY finishing up…
    Both are special places to us. Our new has become homey, and the old isn’t homey yet for us. It will be interesting to experience this.
    http://gullhaven.blogspot.com

  3. Reese says:

    I keep coming back to the cute red door on the first one. I, too, am not ready to move from my place (this is my first purchase- a townhome) but it doesn’t stop me from checking Zillow every day!

  4. Fran Haley says:

    How challenging! I think I would want the first house, the renovated one, because I think I see a bit of wrought iron fence there and I adore wrought iron fences – they speak of days past and appeal to my slightly gothic side. Also, I love the title of your blog, the firefly imagery and lingering spark. Best wishes with your decision!

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