In the 1950’s my folks loved their new property on Maple Avenue but the house needed improvements. Mom, (Dorothy) shares her perspective:


From the first day’s looking at the house, we knew that we would put on an addition when the funds were available.  Obtaining the funds was something else, so we had plenty of time to draw up plans, refine them, reject them, and start all over again.  By then we realized that a remodeling job on the existing house was also in order to really have the dream house that we wanted.  This, of course, would take an additional amount of money, but when you don’t have any money, what’s an additional sum on paper?  The kitchen especially needed redoing, to modernize it.

When the day finally arrived for us to seek Credit Union funds to add on to out savings, our dream house would be in its first stages.

Let me now state emphatically to any reader who is even vaguely thinking of starting a similar venture…DON’T!  Or if you are too stubborn to take this advice, at least take a world tour until the mess is finished.  Can’t afford that?  Well, at least move into a motel and eat all of your meals out while the remodeling is going on.  If that would cost more than you can swing, wait until much longer, until you can save for that also.  Believe me, it’s worth it.  Let me explain.

We eventually had the shell of our new addition up, including the roof, outside walls, floor, fireplaces in master bedroom and new living room.  That went smoothly.  No problem that we couldn’t smile our way through.  Then the troubles started.

My father-in-law was a retired contractor who really knew his business,  He, Dewey, and my mother-in-law, Bernice, lived some sixty miles away and they volunteered to supervise the remodeling and addition to the house.  When I protested that it would be too far for them to commutes, they informed me that they would move in with us until the job was finished.  They were great people.  But, I don’t think that any of us realized at the time how hair-raising the whole business would be, nor how long it would take.