Logan and I are in the process of buying a house. Although there are still some loose ends, it looks like we’ll be the proud owners in eleven days. There are many things we like about this house, including lots of natural light, a swimming pool, and a great kitchen, but perhaps our favorite thing is what the previous owners have done to the garage.
I’m usually (as in every time except for this) not a big fan of a garage conversion. However, when we walked into this one, we immediately saw loads of potential. It contains one sizable room, a full bath, and a large storage closet. Since the floor in the main room is still unfinished, we immediately thought UPP. (For those of you unfamiliar with UPP, let’s just say it involves ping-pong balls, walls, and lots of kids.) Then, we thought about finishing the room, putting in lots of old La-Z-Boys and making it a big theater room. But Logan was the one who had the really brilliant idea. He pointed out the exterior door leading out of the bedroom, the full bath, the way the whole area was separated from the rest of the house by the laundry room. Even the closet was big enough to, say, house a little kitchenette. In short, he thought about making it into a complete apartment and seeing if any of the college guys in the church wanted to move in.
We really liked this idea for two reasons. First, the small amount of rent we would charge would really come in handy as we fix up the rest of the house. Second, we’re strong believers in the value of living in very close proximity to other people. It just seems like it forces you to live in community, to give of yourself, and to learn to love people even when you don’t like them. Plus, it’s fun to share stuff. For example, why buy a lawn mower if your neighbor has one?
The night before last I got an e-mail from a friend. She said that her roommate has decided to move in with family in order to save a little money, so she’s left with a rent she can’t afford. To top it all off, she’s expecting a baby in a month. She knew about our idea to make a little apartment and remembering this, had sent her e-mail to see if she could be our new roomie.
There are still some things that might make this thing not work out (we still have to check to see if we’d be on the right side of the law in all of this), but it looks like we might all be able to really meet each other’s needs.
Part of me thinks that the Holy Spirit was not thinking of college boys when Logan suddenly got the idea of what we wanted to do with our garage conversion.