Tiny house-big garden
My DH and I are tearing off 2/3 of our house this year leaving us with a main floor of 400 sq. feet and a basement bedroom, office and laundry room for a total of 800 sq.feet. We replaced all the windows and oriented them to capture the best light and views of our 5 acres. The land is quite lovely with huge oak trees leading down towards a marsh at the end of a lake.
We have to get the east end of the house enclosed and the old part torn off within the next couple of weeks. This entails gutting the salvagable part for rewiring, rerouting plumbing ect. I spent the day scraping popcorn off of the ceilings in anticipation of all the new drywall, insulation ect yet to be installed. I swear this is the LAST time I will live in a construction project!
I am a fanatical gardener even though my gardens are sorely neglected this year. When I am in my garden the chaos around me seems to melt away.
The thought of winter approaching so quickly, exhaustion and longing to be in my gardens came to a head today. When I was in town ordering more matirial I bought myself a bunch of bags of manure, more soil and a few bags of mulch. That felt so good I went to my favorite nursery and bought 4 flats of perennials on close out. Of course I justified it because they were all shade perennials and that end of the garden has been largely empty. Tonight I went and ordered 35 mixed hostas and 10 mixed daylillies from a wholesaler. I really went crazy!
Tomorrow I am going to get up early and spend most of the day in my garden working. I work midnight shift so with the daylight hours getting shorter, there won't be many sunny days left to enjoy.
I am actually feeling really guilty even though today constituted a gardeners mental health emergency. My DH probably won't get to upset with me, though I do admit to hiding the plants behind the garage so he wouldn't notice them tonight. He is usually quite understanding and he loves me. I know that getting all those plants in is more work for me but the benefits certainly outweigh the costs. I keep thinking of how much pleasure I will get this winter knowing that as the first shoots of spring appear, the construction will be over, my home intact and my gardens ready to burst into full glory.
We will have our tiny red dolls house cottage surrounded by old fashioned cottage gardens, wonderful views, a home almost paid for and the freedom to disengage from the merry go round.
This was a round about longish post, but I am curious. How many of you incorporate your outdoors into your small home lifestyles? Is just being able to see outside enough or are you like me, garden junkies? How much do you think climate influences your choices in housing?