Our winter place is at the Voyager RV Resort, a 55-plus community in Tucson.
We love both.
As we've gotten older, the Washington house has been harder to manage. We have a yard with a big garden. We have a steep driveway and two sets of stairs inside the house that are not friendly to older knees.
The place is too big for just us.
Late this summer, we decided to rent our house to son Jason and his wife Kalei. They moved in on September 1 and will live there for a year. We will spend that time in Tucson, hopefully getting away from some of the summer heat.
As we thought about next steps for us, we considered these facts:
- If we sold our house in Washington and bought a smaller house or a condo there, we'd be paying lots of money for a place we don't spend much time.
- If we sold our house and moved to Arizona full time, we'd be leaving a state where I have lived for the last 33 years and where Art has lived his entire life.
- Half of our eight offspring live in Washington, and most of our grandchildren.
- Arizona summers are brutal
Then! We considered the possibility of remodeling our daylight basement:
- We'd have no stairs and we would have a walk-in entrance, plus access to the laundry room and the garage.
- We have sons in the construction industry who would do the work.
- We have ideas for transforming the space into a warm and welcoming, open-layout plan.
- We can rent out the upstairs.
So, this is what we're going to do:
- Go to the City and get the house plans, to identify bearing walls and plumbing
- Design the new space
- Once September 1 comes, tear out what we don't need (a bedroom wall and two closets) and build what we do need (a kitchenette, plumbing and electrical stuff), and make the new space our summer home
Such a relief to have made this plan after many months of thinking about possibilities!