It is finished! And what a journey it has been for our home in an area of Dallas that is now referred to as “tornado alley.”
Things have certainly evolved in the last 19 months, and if this process has taught us anything, it is that you must be ultimately flexible when it comes to breathing new life in to a damaged property. For starters, we were bound by insurance and constantly fighting our claim. We then were hit with the pandemic of 2020 causing housing supplies and goods to be tied up for months due to logistics.
My goal for the home was to make it perfect, or at least, more realistically to have it stand to survive my husband and me as the “last” house. I have tried to make it one of universal design with the use of ramps, wider doorways, lipless showers for wheelchairs, and other thoughtful touches that will make living here the rest of our lives as seamless as possible. The fact that our home is a single-story residence also makes everything that much easier from an accessibility standpoint.
It was important to me to mix old and new. And in this case, the old being the few pieces that managed to survive the destruction of the tornado. Perhaps my favorite “old” element from our pre-tornado home is the lone tree that was left standing in our yard. It is still standing strong in our front yard, and it will always serve as a reminder of what was when I wish to take a trip down memory lane.
This was my first time building a house, and I have to say that having a hand in the design was both more challenging and more rewarding than I would have imagined. I could not have done it without the help of Sees Design, The Wrenovator, and Rosewood Custom Homes.
I hope you like this beloved 80s home, and as always, I thank you for supporting me whether as a client or a friend during this journey. Change is good, and I am finally starting to truly believe that.