The story of our little home, orchard, and us.
Soon after seeing our new little farm, I knew there were a lot of character changes I would like to make. For one, it didn't have any. The two little house on the property were just small little salt box homes with little charm or upkeep. The main house was being rented out, so when escrow closed, we decided to continue letting the tenants reside in the home while we occupied the second house and had time to come up with a game plan. We knew eventually we wanted to renovate and add on to the main house, but we weren't ready financially with the move to afford an addition, and the thought of keeping it as an income property was very appealing until we settled in and got to know the place.
The second house we currently reside in was originally a workshop/garage that the previous owner converted to a guest house. Describing to others that we lived in a converted garage didn't give this cute little box the respect it deserved, so I decided to glorify the idea by adding barn charm to the exterior, and affectionately referring to it as "The Carriage House." One of the exterior elements I envisioned immediately were carriage doors and a cupola, but where do you find an affordable cupola? After a lot of research, I decided I was just going to have to build one (or better yet, design it and have my husband build it). So, I pinned several designs to inspire me, when the idea for my shop came into focus. I started getting all my licenses, finding wholesalers, and making inventory purchases when I came across it....an adorable cupola. An affordable, adorable cupola. I could hardly stand it! I waited on pins and needles for that little guy to arrive, and finally he did. I ripped him open with the deliver guy still standing in the driveway, only to be completely devastated that he came damaged with a huge dent in his side. Ugh! Damage claim, lots of tears, more weeks of waiting. Finally my guy arrived, and man I was smitten! Isn't he the cutest!
Anyway, my husband arrived home and couldn't get over the twinkle in my eye. He immediately spent his next day off climbing the roof and installing him for me, just because he loved how overjoyed I was. Now here he is, perched in all his glory on the roof of our "Carriage House". Ahhh, such a happy camper. I'm also excited that I'll be offering him in our little shop as well, so others can experience the same euphoria I did....assuming anyone else would experience euphoria over a cupola???