Although he no longer drives, he can ride his bike to the golf club or the guitar shop, but here in Hixson, there are very few safe roads to ride along. He was satisfied with getting about on the bike for a few months, and having me taxi him elsewhere.
One day in September, out of the blue, he asked me:
"Are you thinking about moving?"
"...Wha?" I said, startled. I certainly was not thinking about moving, but he made a case for moving to downtown Chattanooga, where there is plenty of free public transportation, lots of bike lanes marked brightly on the roads and so much for him to do and see. OK!
So we went online and looked at what is available downtown and took a ride to look for ourselves. Within one day we found a spot that we both loved and a builder who was putting up homes quite close to my friend Mary, and within walking/riding distance of all the good stuff. We decided this time to really downsize and go from 2500 sq.ft. to 1600 sq.ft. and one story.
The size seems perfect for us, and I will still have a large studio space. The floor plan has undergone several changes since this initial version, and the garage is now attached and we'll have a small side yard.
The expected completion date is next April. We'll be getting this house back to 'normal' in the meantime.
I'm really happy and Dave is even happier. This is what I wanted to do when we moved to Tennessee in 2007, and now it is happening. Because we currently live in a subdivision that has homes in progress all over the place, we often discussed what we might have done if we chose to have one built for us. Now we are putting those ideas into action. No more beige.