Several years ago, I wrote a story which told how as a child, I often daydreamed about dwelling in a home similar to my little Victorian doll house.
There is more to the story, than I revealed back then. It is a tale of an adventure while repurposing the doll house in my pre-teen years.
For Christmas when I was eleven, my parents gave me an adorable Persian kitten. I named her Fatima. I wanted to provide my cat with a proper house on the front porch. So, I urged Dad to make the doorway to the old doll house larger. Mom made a velvety red cushion and I put it inside.
Still, the ole doll house reminded me of just that - a doll house, rather than a nice place for Fatima.
I wanted a more perfect remodel. I found old cans with various colors of paint in the garage. A neighbor, a craftsman, who was skilled with a lathe, turned out a set of four pedestals and other fine wooden trimmings to contribute to the project.
I went to work with the trimmings and the paint. I brushed on a deep violet color. The trim I painted red. I created a little sign over the doorway, which didn’t last long! Why, you ask? Because the sign read, “Fatima’s Cat House.” The neighbors thought it hilarious; but I was oblivious as to why!
My parents taught me a little more about life and the meaning of my sign, soon after. And, after repainting, the wooden plaque over the door changed to, “Fatima’s Place.” And, eventually the cat was renamed, “Smokey.”
The purpose of this story is to help folks who are considering homes to buy, to think about different needs in the future. Children grow up and move away. Elderly parents move in. You may require the potential to repurpose living space.
If you are already a homeowner, and on the brink of considering a major DIY project, it may be advantageous to seek out qualified designers and craftsmen to perform the work.
One thing for certain, you won’t want the equivalent of hanging a sign over the door, which reads, “Fatima’s Cat House”!