Along with researching stuff and measuring and re-measuring our space, we’re settling into life in our new community. Day-by-day, we’re watching our tiny home take shape, which is thrilling! But best of all, we’ve had visits from old friends, and are making new friends in our neighborhood.
Friends Make Everyplace Feel Like Home
In early June, our dear friends Sue and Dave came for a five-day visit in the midst of their East Coast summer RV tour. We first met way back in 2015 in California’s Sierra Nevada and have since met up whenever possible, including a delightful visit to their former lakeside home in New York in 2019.
As is always true with the very best friends, even though it’s been several years since we last saw each other, we fell immediately into the easy rhythm of good conversation, plenty of laughter, and companionable exploration. Our time together went by far too quickly.
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We were also delighted when our former Ashland neighbor Miriam stopped by for an all-too-brief visit with her partner Andy and brother Marcus. We had a great time catching up on the last few years, and are hoping they’ll return for a longer visit.
Friends are obviously a cornerstone of happiness in our lives. One of the reasons we chose to move here instead of buying a home in a random neighborhood is the opportunity for community and the ease of meeting people. We’re very happy with our decision.
So. Many. Decisions.
When we ordered our house last fall, we were inspired to custom-design many of the features that ordinarily come standard. I mentioned previously that we’re doing our own counters, flooring, tile, and appliances. We’re also designing our own closets, which is more complicated than you would imagine.
So just like when we renovated my family home in Florida three years ago, we are spending countless hours making design decisions and shopping for materials.
But this is vastly different from the summer of 2020, when we were stuck in a remote locale during a pandemic and ordered most everything sight unseen from Wayfair and Home Depot. We’re thrilled to have so many options close by. And we’re committed to shopping locally as much as possible.
We’ve enjoyed perusing ceramic tile, lighting, flooring, plumbing fixtures, and slabs of stone countertops at local small family businesses. And the service is superb.
The Benefit Of Experience
We’ve learned a lot in all of our years of owning and renovating homes, but it’s mostly about what we don’t want. Take flooring, for example. We’ve had hardwood floors (scratch easily), tile (cold and hard), marmoleum (fades in sunlight), wool carpet (never, ever stops shedding), and most recently in our Florida remodel, luxury vinyl plank flooring. The week after we had that installed, a contractor dropped a wrench on the floor and left a huge dent. And we added our own dents just by dropping silverware.
This time, we’re going with a high-quality wood laminate. It’s made with 70 percent recycled materials, is non-toxic, and is guaranteed to be waterproof, scratch proof, and dent resistant. We shall see.
Choosing the right toilet took a lot of time and research. It needed to have a small footprint with a short tank to fit beneath our extended quartzite countertop. We were happy to have a Kohler showroom nearby to try out the products, LOL.
We need to have all of the materials on hand by the end of July, so we need to get busy and make a decision on the kitchen sink. Right now, we’re vacillating between enameled cast iron, fireclay, granite composite, and stainless. Any advice?