In 1989, Jed’s parents bought his mom’s childhood home from his grandparents, ensuring that he and his sisters would grow up in the same spaces that his mom and uncles had. The neighborhood is built of stories; the lawns mowed in the summer, the doorbells rung each halloween, the field behind the house where hours disappeared into fairy tales and boxcar children reenactments.
We’ve always loved this place. As long as I can remember, Jed and my dreaming about home has always somehow wound back around to, “something exactly like this…” What if our kids could grow up in the same spaces, creating their own memories intertwined with our stories? There is something beautiful to both of us in sharing spaces across generations, to building our stories upon the foundations of those who’ve led the way in front of us.
Over the last few years, we dreamed with Galen and Marie about next steps. When Galen first suggested turning the barn into a house for them, it was a stretch to imagine that even being possible. However, it has been the perfect collision of his lifetime of hobby architectural drawing and knack for visualizing what others can’t quite see. He chuckles every time someone remarks on how it “looks like a house,” because he’s always seen it.
When the project started, it was all a long way off. But time has a funny way of moving, and in July, we will be settling into the house on Cooper Avenue as home. We are excited and nervous. Our kids cannot wait to have room to run and grandparents next door, but saying goodbye to school and the only home they’ve known isn’t easy. We can’t wait for a space to call our own, and while intergenerational living makes total sense to us, we know that it may come with a few hiccups. So we’re heading into this next life step excited, and with our eyes wide open.
I've spent the last year documenting the memories and creating a visual record of the process of making home. The barn was filled with multiple generations worth of things, and stories. Here's the first part of this new story.
I hope you enjoy this journey of transformation with us!
Images from March-June 2016.