I thought that I would consistently want to live in a detached beach house with our own yard.
- Apartments consistently felt cramped and our family was forced to live in a single while in our early teen years while things were tough financially and our father had been recently laid off from a job task.
But, I soon found myself realizing some of the positives of that lifestyle compared to caring for and maintaining a pressing 1,500 square foot house. The cleaning never seems to stop; I’ll finish a single area of our house, go on to the next, finish a week later, and then realize I have to start over from scratch because of new dust and dirt accumulation. So, I made the tough decision and put our beach house up for sale. I had a buyer in just several weeks after the listing went online. This time, I decided that I would rather own a condominium where all of the extra upkeep outdoors is done without me lifting a finger. I was able to buy a slightly smaller lake house with new renovations and appliances for around half the price I got for our house. With the extra currency, I could make a few changes or modifications of our own. I liked the cooling system somewhat, however it felt weak and I didn’t like having our return vent at shoe level along the floor. Aside from circulation problems, this is exhausting for filter upkeep as all of the dirt and dust tracked around on tenants’ feet goes directly into your cooling system filter. I wanted to correct this with a new air handler and a few new return vents forking off into the several kitchens. But, that’s when I found out that our lake house association restricts any sort of major modifications to the units short of buying new countertops, cabinets, and plug-in appliances. Things like Heating and Air Conditionings and clothes washers and dryers are considered structural in the by-laws of our lake house association.