Just about the time we’ve grown accustomed to enjoying the features of our new home, we have come to the realization that, and in the name of progress, we must now destroy part of that which has been built. After many months of deliberations about buying a car, we finally bit the bullet and bought a new one. We have been talking about it for some time and the last motorcycle ride we took in the rain was the final straw. The question then became “where do we park it?”
The front terrace we have been enjoying at the front of the house originally began styled as a car port, but was re-designed during the construction process. The final product was a great place to sit, relax, and entertain guests and not so good for parking a car. Under the car port, our builder (brother-in-law) decided to build some knee walls with nicely tiled ledges which was wonderful for potted plants, sitting on, or as a counter for drinks. In essence, he turned our car port into an outdoor living area. He had no idea we would be acquiring a car and we had no idea what he was doing while we were not here during the major construction phase.
While we undoubtedly spent some money on finishing the terrace, now we must spend a little more to open it up to fit the car. The double steel gates we had built are sufficiently sized to allow the car into the car port area, so now we just need to demolished the half-walls. Then we will need to extend the concrete floor, which means we will have to re-tile everything, but it’s okay…we didn’t like the original tile anyway!
Because we have now lost our front sitting porch (and my nap taking area), we will have to re-think and adapt the back patio area to accommodate our lifestyle, which once again, means more money will be spent. When designing your house plans, it is always a good idea to have an alternate floor plan or site plan that provides some flexibility to adjust to changes in family sizes and or lifestyles. especially here in the Philippines, where space is at a premium. In our case, our new car is the big addition to our family (we have no children).
While I normally prevent myself from getting involved in real laborious activities these days, I gladly helped out in the demolition process. There is nothing like swinging a sledge-hammer to get a good workout on. When it comes to putting everything back together though, I’ll gladly observe and supervise the job. These days, it’s what I do best.
Now I just need to find a place to park the motorcycle! It’s just another day in paradise.