Sometimes life can take a rapid twist that leaves you trying to catch your breath, and reassess that tricky life plan that never seems to follow in a straight path.
We have owned a piece of land out in a gorgeous rural setting for approximately seven years now. Year after year we talk about building our dream house on it, escaping out of suburbia and reveling in all our space, plans of chickens and fruit trees, but it never seemed to eventuate. Days of talking turned into months.. years.. and I was actually becoming quite desperate and despondent about it all.
We had a wonderful break where in collaboration with Deon's family business, all of a sudden a lovely big shed was to be assembled on the property. Although house plans weren't finalised, it still felt like a small step in the right direction. However, I knew in the back of my mind that even once the house plans were ready to go, it would still take at least two years to build as Deon would be doing the majority of the work. Two more years in our little two bedroom unit...
..until two weeks ago, where we looked at the shed. And the size. And had an epiphany.
The shed was twice the size of where we were living now.
Tentatively we started talking about converting it into a 3 bedroom residence. Beds upstairs, living downstairs. Excitement began to mount. We could start planting our garden. The Little Lion would have so much more space and could attend the school 500m down the road. It was twenties minutes closer to my work. Deon could easily work on the house whenever he wanted.
Deon's dad, project manager and builder extraordinaire, confirmed that this was indeed doable and gave us the thumbs up to go ahead, whipping up a shed plan for us that night.
More excitement occurred when, looking at the timeline, we realised it could be complete and ready to move into by January.
We took Carter out on the weekend so he could see the construction of the shed, and explain that we were building a new place for us to live in. I've also started scouring Pinterest (where else?) for inspiration on how to chic up a shed house!
Such a life curveball, but all sorts of awesome.