I spent much more time than I planned this past week on a theoretically quick project. Don’t you hate when that happens? Sketching my ideas for renovating our house wasn’t supposed to take so long.
I have several projects in mind for our house. As a result, I had many ideas about each one floating through my head. I decided I should document my ideas, so I could set it all aside and not risk forgetting what I wanted before the big day finally came. So about ten days ago, I purchased one of those inexpensive software packages for designing houses.
First, I needed to develop a good drawing of our house as it is now. However, the base drawing was easier said than done. Our house is old, two-story, and was added onto a couple of times. Plus, there are three dormers on one end of the house. This all resulted in many odd corners and dimensions. And being the details person that I am, I was determined to make my drawing as accurate as possible. This took two days and a lot of running back and forth with a measuring tape before I thought it was pretty close.
But of course, I wasn’t done. I still had to add my proposed remodeling changes. Luckily, I figured out how I could copy the existing floor plan and make a new version with the changes. However, since we have proposed changes on both floors of our house, and a couple possible options for each, this required several more drawings. The bulk of the work took another two days. Even after that, I went back to the drawings a few times to add additional notes as I thought of them.
I can rest easier now, knowing my ideas are captured in files and on printouts. I really hope I can put them to use improving our house some day. But as we all know, remodeling a house is not cheap. I guess my husband was right when he wryly pointed out I need to sell some books first. Which begs another question: If you were a writer who received a large advance check, what would you spend it on?
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