Raise the Roof!

I started writing a completely different post this morning, all about our struggles to figure out what to do to make space for Dave’s dad in our house.  Ideas.  Pros and cons.  I was diligently tapping away at the keyboard, thinking “out loud” in the way that I think best, when the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear, “Raise the roof!”

“What?!” I asked incredulously.  I mean, that was sort of what I was thinking about, like a third floor, maybe, but there are a lot of problems with that.

But then the Holy Spirit murmured, a little louder, and maybe slightly exasperated, “You don’t need a third floor.  You just need to raise the roof!”  (The Holy Spirit must get so tired of repeating Himself.)

I turned around and looked at the span of the house all around me, and it dawned on me that the Holy Spirit was right: All we have to do is raise the roof!

House from the driveway side.  It's an odd construction.  Going up would eliminate of what's ugly about it!  We have also considered adding another tacky addition to this corner which would probably be two stories.  However, there is a birch tree to the right (hanging into the photo there) that I refuse to cut down.  I love it so. :-)
House from the driveway side. It’s an odd construction. Going up would eliminate most of what’s ugly about it. We have also considered adding another tacky addition to this corner which would probably be two stories. However, there is a birch tree to the right (hanging into the photo there) that I refuse to cut down. I love it so. 🙂 Oh, yes.  If you notice any oddities in the siding near that little car, that’s where I melted it off with our new grill last year.

See, my downstairs is 1600 square feet, not counting the mudroom, which is an addition.  Sixteen hundred square feet, my friends.  Just downstairs!  And the upstairs should be, or could be, the same size, and it’s close as it is, but the second story is actually a finished attic, so there are sloping walls that eat up valuable real estate.  But what if we just raised the roof?!

That would give us 1600 usable square feet upstairs, too!

Flowers.  Weedy flowers, yes, but flowers nonetheless.  Inserted here because they make me happy.
Flowers. Weedy flowers, yes, but flowers nonetheless. Inserted here because they make me happy.

To be perfectly honest with you, the upstairs was the major reason I did not want this house in the first place.  At the top of the stairs, there is a landing.  The bathroom is straight ahead, one bedroom to the right, and two more to the left, but you can’t get to the second bedroom without walking through the first.  Big problem.  I solved it by putting all the girls on that side, small ones in the front room and big girls in the back room.

But if we raised the roof so that the walls were standard height, with the roof on top of that, like a normal house, we would have room to build four large rooms to the left opening off a hallway, and either one enormous room or two slightly less enormous rooms, plus a bathroom, to the right.

House from the far side corner.  The dormers form little alcoves in the bedrooms, so you can see how much space we could gain.  It's a lot!
House from the far side corner. The dormers form little alcoves in the bedrooms, so you can see how much space we could gain. It’s a lot!

Somebody tell me this is doable.  It must be doable!  Why would God provide the answer with no means to accomplish it?!

And if it’s doable – because why would God have ideas that can’t be accomplished? – we’re going to need a contractor to do the heavy lifting and money to pay for it, and we’d like to get it done as soon as possible so we can get Ed out here.  So, prayers, please?  For all of this.  Because I really think this is going to work, and I haven’t felt this easy about the situation in months.  🙂

Thank you.  What would I do without you?

Meggie, just because I love her.
Meggie, just because I love her.
And I really love Rosie, too.
And I really love Rosie, too.

6 Comment

  1. it is totally doable. People do that on houses in the city all the time. In my neighborhood the houses are older, and smaller, and most houses are today. There are a lot of story and a half houses and people will frequently raise the roof like that to make more space.

    1. Hooray! Thanks, Sarah!

  2. George Washington raised the roof to Mount Vernon at least two times. So there’s historical precedent for you. Will pray over the rest!

    1. That I did not know! Thanks for the prayers. 🙂

  3. I’m sure it’s doable. My father in law raised the roof on their house in Arkansas to add a room over the garage for my future husband when he was a growing lad.

    Also, Rosie looks so much older with her bangs pulled back. So pretty! And I just love Meggie’s hair too 🙂

    1. Well, that’s kind of sweet. 🙂

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