Derek and Bethany pulled up to the house and paused for a minute to assess the current situation. Weeds encroached on the yard. The grass hadn’t met a lawnmower in quite a while. But Derek’s ever-present love of yard work made those factors easy to dismiss. So, they looked past all of that to what matters most: the structure of the house. Were the bones of the house solid enough to persuade them to make this investment—an investment that would require time, money, and patience?
Derek and Bethany started their house hunt in earnest when Evelyn was 4 weeks old. Because there is no better time to search for a new home than when bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived. And housing bliss didn’t come as easily this time around.
Derek and Bethany got married in April 2012 and quickly started chasing the American Dream of homeownership. They felt ready to invest in their future. Owning a home fit nicely into their dream for their family. And so the search began.
This blog series, “Re-Constructing Home,” follows Derek and Bethany Wood, and their almost-two year old Evelyn, on their ground-up renovation of their historic Craftsman home in the City of Decatur.