In the previous post I mentioned that my wife and I are trying to sort of adapt the house to a very low maintenance system.
I mentioned the roof was done with the best materials so to avoid having to deal with it for the next 20 years. I also mentioned that the side and front fences were replaced with metal posts in concrete and chain link, which is not the most elegant, but it should last the next 30 years, and without the need of any maintenance.
Then the backyard was tilled and prepared with Buffalo Grass seed and fertilizer, so it suppose to give wild grass that requires very little watering, and about two or three mowing per year. We are planning not to water the grass at all, and just keep it like the grass at the reservoir close by, which is never watered, and still remains a decent green for many months a year.
The last two parts in the backyard is to plant some slow growth trees and to spread small, pebbles size rocks around the house, to prevent humidity and insects from growing there.
The trees will come to complete the yard with the other trees already there, which together with the wild grass will give a more mountain-like look to the whole area, but also will require just a couple of mowing a year and the collection of leaves at fall once, reducing with it the need to apply time to the backyard, freeing us from housework in the future.
Then the corridors on both sides and the front and back of the house by it walls will have beds of small, pebble sized rocks, so to prevent any formation of humidity and with it, the growth of insects that could enter the house.
All of this is with the sole intention of having very little maintenance to do around the house in the future, so time could be used more for traveling than being stuck at the house with many chores to complete. It is sort of an investment for the future.
I mentioned long ago that I am a sort of maniac for anticipation, and this whole house thing is just one of those anticipations. The idea of thinking how the future could be when considering ourselves and our actual capabilities and desires at that time, and how we can adapt to it, makes me think of ways to simplify the future by simplifying the possible activities that would be part of that future.
It seems logic to me!! Many people think of how to invest in money so to receive money in the future, when retirement time comes around. But personally I prefer to create a house, with all its room and facilities, like car garage by the side and connected internally, all arranged in a way that it’ll be functional and easy to maintain like if it was an apartment, but with all the comforts a house can offer.
The money part has to be thought too, and I’m working on that also, but the physical part, as the place to be, seems to take an important place in my way of seeing things. It might be that I am an Aspie, or it might be that I am an immigrant, who carries with him his original ways of living, or maybe both, but it still surprises me how so many people I see around just don’t consider neither of those.
It seems planning and working for the future for some people is just about having insurance that will give them back whatever state they are in, and that is something that really surprises me.