“This place has potential,” was one of the comments I heard yesterday as I showed “our church” to my mother, father, and brother for the first time. My mother had generously lent me her car during the past several weeks while I have been in Pennsylvania. I returned the car to her Thursday and then the three of them drove me back to Lititz which gave them their first chance to see the property that Nancy and I hope to transform into our home. I also heard, “This is going to be a lot of work!” as we walked around the property.
It was fun for me to show them around. I’m sure my parents were reminded of the potential they once saw and the work they invested to build the home they have lived in for the past 45 years. I probably got my vision to reclaim cast-off materials from them. Their house started as several dilapidated barns. My dad, with me at his side, tore down the barns, clean-up the boards, (I did a lot of the nail removal.), and transformed the lumber into their beautiful and unique home. Nancy and I will be delighted if our “new” home serves us half as well as my parents’ home has served them.
I have continued to nudge along the permitting process. I think everything for the driveway permit is in order. A designer is working on the septic system and expects to be done in a week or so. Our request for a zoning variance will come before the Zoning Review Board May 13. If and when we receive these permits, we will apply for a building permit. Then we can really get to work and release this place’s potential!