We are having a new bedroom added to the first floor of our home and are also remodeling the downstairs bathroom. Why?
There is no bedroom on the first floor of our hundred year old house. We also have the original claw foot tubs in both the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms.
On my side of the family we’ve had four recent deaths. I’ve seen what cancer and in my hundred one year old grandmother’s case, old age, can do to your mobility. Stairs are treacherous as is a claw foot tub. So, by adding a bedroom on the first floor we are planning ahead in case stairs become a problem in our “not so golden years,” to quote my mother.
Our bathroom tub will soon be replaced by a ceramic shower equipped with hand-held shower head and grab bars. It’s not easy to lift your feet off the ground when you have mobility issues.
Do I sound morbid? Am I jumping the gun? No! I’m being smart! When you suddenly need a bedroom on the first floor and a shower you can easily step in and out of, it’s too late! My husband and I are trying to be prepared by thinking ahead.
It is all very exciting; the sound of saws and sawdust and mortar and cement blocks and lumber and floor joists are words that are floating in and around us these last two weeks. I am very impressed with the speed of the project so far! I am also very pleased with the workmanship! I think we are in good hands with our contractors, my nephew and my brother-in-law. Yes, I am prejudiced; but their company has been around a very long time.
My brother-in-law’s father built two of my parents’ homes, two homes for my sister, and a home for my other sister. Now it’s our turn to benefit from their expertise! This is a third generation family contracting business. They are well-respected city-wide and also in surrounding towns and communities. Yes, I am proud of them personally and professionally!
My dressing area is on the first floor. All my clothes and shoes and jewelry and such are in the drawers and chifforobe there in the den. My bathroom is on the first floor off the den. So, today was moving day!
It took me most of the day. I went through all my clothes and shoes and such, and all my bathroom toiletries and such and culled through those things that were out of date, unused, used up, or just plain not needed. I filled three bags of clothes and a box of china from the dining room to send to GoodWill. I feel so cleansed.
Then began the process of culling through the upstairs closet and bathroom so that I could move my things to their new location for the duration of the construction.
Amazingly, I was able to fit in upstairs very nicely. While I was at it, I straightened through my husbands closet and drawers; so we are now both upstairs, and time will tell if we can share a bathroom; for over twenty years we’ve had separate bathrooms, thank you very much!
Now comes the hard part for me; remembering where I put what and in which drawer!
Proverbs 24:3-4 The Message
It takes wisdom to build a house,
and understanding to set it on a firm foundation;
It takes knowledge to furnish its rooms
with fine furniture and beautiful draperies.
Isaiah 32:18 God’s Word Translation
My people will live in a peaceful place,
in safe homes and quiet places of rest.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Easy-to-Read Version
When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new!
I can’t think of more appropriate words for our new addition than those to the following song.
Bless this House
Words and Music by May H. Morgan and Helen Taylor 1927
Please click on the following. Bless this House is sung by Perry Como.