Silver linings...something to think about
Also known as when you get a bag of lemons from life, make lemonaid!
We should have built a loft for my sewing studio....but we didn't.
We should have then added a little more square footage to our home and put a sewing room in....but we didn't.
There are only a few ways to fix this issue. Option 1 is to lift the roof and put a loft in. It could be done but I would die from the nightmare. Not an option.
Option 2 is to add an addition, but that would mess up the careful layout of current rooms for best views outdoors, as well as destroy my walk around porch. Not an option.
Option 3. Sell the house. NOT AN OPTION! I do love the house. It just doesn't have a sewing room. It has other rooms I really like though.
Option 4 is to build a nice detached sewing "room" that looks like a miniature version of my house, but only steps away. Maybe with an arbor to help keep the rain off me. This would have never been my first choice, but it is what it is now.
It would most likely be used for fabric and supply storage, and cutting quilts out. I will still have a corner in the house itself with my machine as I cannot fathom wanting to "leave home" to go sew. Since this is about the only option that doesn't have a negative impact on the house we worked so hard to build, I need to move past the whole sewing room thing, find a viable solution, and get on with life.
I may end up liking this more than I could imagine. Who knows. It will never be my beloved loft, but I don't have much choice now.
When we went to start moving my wood furniture out of our barn and into the house, we discovered that the heat and humidity over the 3 years they were stored while we built our house destroyed the finishes on all of it. I cried for days. I ranted about it. I wouldn't let the furniture come into my house. After many, many tears, and not liking the quality of new stuff that we looked at, a small private furniture store gave me the name of a really good wood refinisher, but he was starting to slow down, so they didn't know if he would do the work.
Well, he is, and I got the bedroom furniture back and it is better than it was new. It is gorgeous! He's bringing back my desk and some other things this weekend, and then my kitchen table and chairs are going next.
I guess what I'm getting at is sometimes when things don't look or feel so good, and we don't get our way, we can sometimes find solutions that bring more enjoyment than the original one. I am blessed to have a nice home, and that should be my focus. It was a long process since we built it ourselves, both so it would be built with quality, and so we wouldn't have a loan from a greedy bank.
However, I learned a valuable lesson along the way. Don't let someone talk you into or out of something that you want. Part of the blame lies with me. I wasn't assertive enough.
Thank you for "listening".