We took possession of Lovermore yesterday! Besides being the primary residence for me, my partner Rich, and my son Connor (with regular visits from my younger son, Nicholas), it will also be Rich’s office for his business. But most importantly, Rich and I intend that it will be a community home dedicated to our mission which is to spread the universal energy of love to all mankind.
We don’t know exactly how this will manifest. We do envision holding parties and events, hosted by ourselves or others, and being a place where friends can drop by and hang out and share. We want it to be a gathering place for people who are likewise interested in building a community of spiritually aware, sex-positive people, dedicated to making the world better, both on this plane and the next.
The house itself has a lot of potential but needs some updating to really bring our her full potential. I liken it to an attractive girl with a self-confidence problem, wearing her hair in her eyes! With a haircut, a little makeup, some well-fitting clothes, and a good dose of loving confidence she will really shine. It’s the same way with this house. There are trees and shrubs in the front yard that seem to me to block the energy going into the house. Now I’m not a Feng Shui expert, but fortunately I will be working with one. More on that later.
As for our plans for the house, here are the things we are currently planning on doing. It will be interesting to compare this to what we actually do.
- Remove small trees blocking entrance to the house and blocking exterior light
- Raise the canopy of the redwood trees in the front yard (so the house is more visible from the street)
- Add exterior walkway lighting
- Install nice address curb sign
- Commission a custom wood carving that says Welcome to Lovermore and includes symbols important to us
- Remove upper kitchen cabinets between kitchen and family room, also between kitchen and breakfast nook
- Install one new kitchen cabinet bar-height with microwave oven, install raised granite bar
- Reface all kitchen cabinets with shaker-style beech (or is it birch) wood doors with a medium red-brown stain called cider
- Replace wine lattice in bar area with wine refrigerator
- Install crown molding throughout
- Paint interior (color on walls, white on trim only!)
- Reface white brick fireplace, maybe paint grey fireplace insert, new mantle
- New and replacement lighting fixtures including efficient LED lighting and automated controls
- Install solar PV on the roof
- Install solar hot water heater for the pool
- Build shade structure over deck, possibly including fans and portable heaters
- Buy furniture for family room and outdoors
- Install hanging porch swing under pergola
Whew, that seems like a lot! We certainly do have a lot to do but Rich and I are both really excited about making this into our dream home.