And the walls came tumbling down!
Our accessibility build involves connecting an existing, older structure to a new extension. Part of making that possible requires that some of the walls of both the original foundation and the original structure get moved/removed to allow flow from one space to the next.
It was really interesting to watch the steps that went into getting to this point.
They didn’t just carve a hole off the back of the house and then connect the two. The amazing folks at @communitybuildersbarrie wanted to maintain structural integrity for the original home throughout the process, so first they created all sorts of supports – both under the existing foundation and in place of the existing foundation as it came down one section at a time. The result is a super solid structure that will serve us well for a very long time!
Making room for new ideas and ways of living is like this as well. I talk to people sometimes that just want to blow the old way of doing things straight out of the water without first putting up the new structures that will support their new way of life. But the order of our process matters. We need the foundation to stay solid – even get stronger – before we can open our lives out to a more expansive, functional way of living.
So on this Blue Monday my wish for you is simple: don’t try to jump ahead of where you’re at in your process. Instead think “Deep breaths and baby steps.” Reach out and ask for a hand. A good solid foundation can take you a really long way forward!