I tramped around my favorite remodeling site again recently, and had another nice chat with the husband-owner-builder-contractor-chief laborer. Prior info and views are posted here and here, if you want a quick refresher and comparison photos.
What would it be like to get up every single Saturday and Sunday for a couple of years and go to work on your future home, with only your dad to help? A true long-term labor of love.
Double that because it turns out that while the remodeling is underway, the husband-owner-builder-contractor-chief laborer, the wife-owner, their 10-year-old son, and their new baby are living in what used to be the playhouse/guesthouse on the property, in only 300 square feet!
Of course, when this project is done it will all be worth it. It was so nice to hear the husband talk about their vision of this as a generational family homestead. He and his wife plan to live there for the rest of their lives, and they hope the kids will keep the house in the family, too. Gosh, I hope that works out for them!