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This is an old photo.


It was taken a year ago when we first moved out to our property.

See that fence on the right side of the photo?  There is a pool behind it.  A terrible, broken-down, poorly-maintained, icky pool, with the liner falling in and the bottom filled with rain water and the area around choked with thistles and other weeds.

At least there are lots of frogs who serenade us at night.  That part is nice.

Anyway, our first thoughts when we bought the place were to

1. Fill in the pool

2. Convert the pool into a greenhouse

3. Anything but keep the pool

And then our friends and family began whispering their own dreams in our ears, telling us how nice it would be if we had a pool.  And I knew I didn’t want to deal with chlorine and chemicals, but Husband thought of converting it to a natural pool (kind of like a man-made pond, filtered by aquatic plants), so we thought that might be a fun idea.

Any idea how much work that is?  Any idea how expensive that is?

A lot.  And really.

A Guy gave us an estimate on converting it.  $94,000 to $108,000.  “Is that in your budget?”

Uh, no.

Husband began brainstorming again.  “What if we build the house right there?  Convert the pool into a basement or at least a storm shelter?”

Hm.  Interesting.  The placement of the house would be good — perhaps even better than our original plan to build the new house right where the old one is.  And we could still live in the old house while we build the new one, meaning we could skip the expense of building a tiny house and the expense of renting storage space for all our stuff while we live in the tiny house and build the new house.

It feels more doable.  More exciting.  Like we could actually start building our real house in a few years rather than building the tiny house in a few years and then the new house a few years after that.

So we are looking at house plans again.  It will be timber framed, because Husband went to a workshop to learn how to do that.

timber frame

And maybe it will have a storm shelter / root cellar that used to be a terrible, broken-down, poorly-maintained, icky pool.

We just have to figure out the logistics of that.

Perhaps someday, we’ll have a pool.  But only if we really want one.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

2 responses »

  1. Root cellar–great idea for your potato crop!


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