What’s the Story: June Edition

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This month we have some great information on multi-generational living: “Tips for Living in a Multigenerational Home” and “Can Multiple Generations Live Together Under One Roof? Absolutely!

After our experiences with the Covid virus, living in high rises or dense housing raises a number of questions. I am working with a client who is interested in building a small home on her son’s lot in Richfield. I am really excited and it should be a fun project. Not only will it be a small home, it will be a great way to incorporate both universal design and staying in place in a single project.

The largest challenge is working within the rules and guidelines of all the municipalities. They like how this ”idea” sounds, but are a little more picky about how to implement these Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). This is just the first chapter of this project.

It is hard to believe that we are on the July side of June! The Fourth of July is only a week away! Where has this year gone? So fast! Thanks for all of your notes concerning our family’s bout with the Covid virus. Both my son and his wife are fine and had very mild cases. Their kids were tested last week to see if they had the antibodies and they did, so they must have had the virus as well. I was tested to see if I had the antibodies and it took three weeks to get the results, which were negative.

Brule river fishing

My fishing spot on the Brule River

Both good and bad news. The bad news is that I have not had the virus nor do I have the antibodies. The good news is that the protocols of washing hands, social distancing, and wearing masks does work. It is important that we don’t become complacent with our habits as more and more things open up. We know a little bit more each day, but overall I think we are really at the early stages of making sense of this virus. Antibodies are good? Yes. For how long and for which strain of the virus? We really don’t know.

We have been able to visit our cabin and I am making headway on a couple of projects. I built a barn door for our basement rec room (see above), which was a lot of fun. I have crossed storm doors off my “to do” list at the cabin after hanging five doors over a period of 14 months (there is a story there), and I fished the Brule River in early June.

What are your summer plans?

I am happy to say that we just celebrated my mom’s 90th birthday!

Stay safe and healthy.

Until next month,
John

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