This past weekend, the Mister and I spent 4 days at Lake Anna with our college friends. While I love long weekends partying it up with some of my favorite people, there’s definitely a bit of a relief to walk in your front door at the end of it. That moment where you take a deep breath in your living room, dump all your crap on the floor, land face first on the couch and blindly smack your hand around the top of the coffee table until your fingers find and grasp the oh-so-necessary bottle of Ibuprofen. I can relate so well to this commercial.
So you can imagine I was a little surprised when I walked out back to our little garden oasis to water our plants and discovered this:
Although I couldn’t help but then find myself staring in fascination at what was left of this old house. A 140 year old row home and look at that kitchen wallpaper. I just love old houses. There’s so much history about a family in those walls. It’s definitely a little sad that the new owners clearly don’t intend to replicate much of the original structure.For anyone that’s really curious what the heck they’re doing to the house, I’ve drawn up a little diagram of what we’ve been told is the plan for the house extension. In the picture above, the house on the other side of the one that’s under construction is the one that the owners live in. Not a bad deal when you think about it… renovating a house next door. But anyway, that explains the layout of the diagrams below. As of right now, this is what the backs of our houses look like on our block. The grey lines are the 4′ tall cinder block walls that separate all the backyards.
And here is what they’re planning on doing:
Basically, they’re extending the house to get rid of the “unnecessary” alley between our kitchen and theirs. Unfortunately, that means that what was once a window from our dining room that looked out into a roughly 4′ wide alley allowing for at least a little bit of light during the day will now look out into a 2′ wide alley blocked by a 20′ wall. So…. no more light coming into our dining room. Bummer.
Oh to go back and float around in my turtle floaty….