From The Editor-In-Chief LETTER It’s interesting to see how people living under the same roof will prioritize projects differently around the home. For instance, my approach to our new place is very unlike my wife’s. As you’ll see in this issue of EHT, I’m primarily interested in paying attention to the “boring” stuff that doesn’t get much superficial notice, such as the house’s energy efficiency, weather preparedness, and any problems with its structural integrity. Shanna, on the other hand, already has plans for us to remove an interior wall to further open the floor plan, plus she wants to expand the deck along the back side of the house. A home project’s form versus its function is only one aspect where people place different priorities. Personal preferences also extend into the interior décor. I leave most stylistic decisions up to the missus, who has a much better handle on color coordination than me. But her tastes have now clashed with my oldest son Hudson’s preferences for the décor of his room. See, the previous homeowner had hired an artist to paint a forest scene covering all four walls of his room, a panoramic landscape complete with rolling hills, a babbling brook, overhanging trees, a deep blue sky, and even a couple of animals—a deer and an owl. My wife’s verdict: “Tacky!” Hudson’s opinion: “Awesome!” This became that rare moment when I parted ways with Shanna on her taste in décor, not necessarily because I thought she was wrong, but because I thought my son should get the deciding vote for his own room. I’m proud to report that Hudson gets to keep the forest until he gets tired of it, then he’ll get his first lesson on how to use a paint roller. Because his tastes are bound to change over time, just like everyone else’s. And homes can change to accommodate with those new tastes. I’m sure our new home will go through many changes, like walls being removed and new projects to enhance the back yard. But those things will have to wait. First and foremost, I have some doors to seal and insulation to add to the attic. That’s one advan- tage of being the DIY’er in the house. Other folks can make all the plans they want, but when you’re the one putting the hammer to the nails, nothing gets accomplished until you open the toolbox.
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