were kidding ourselves that well home
We’ve been fooled into thinking that well home is all about keeping it neat, clean, and organized. The reality is that well home is about living in a happy, healthy, and peaceful place in your own space.
Well home is a lot of things, but mostly it’s a good place to be. But as we’ve learned in this book, well home is not always about making your life easier. In fact, if you’re anything like me, the things that really make well home great are the little things that make it even better.
A lot of home improvement, really, is about making it better. For instance, a lot of the things we do to our homes are about making them more livable. If youre living in a home that is messy, cluttered, and not well maintained, its going to make your life miserable. For instance, in my apartment, the walls are a mess and the floors are covered in crumbs. Because of this the apartment feels like a prison.
This is because so much of our home is “well maintained.” As a result, we over-build it and over-design it. The result is that when we move into a new home, we tend to spend a lot of time and energy just getting used to the changes. We are much worse than we were before we moved in.
It’s very hard to get used to the changes. Especially when you’ve just spent most of your life in a cramped, over-scaled space. After all, the world is round and the sun rises and sets at the same time all the time.
The biggest problem with over-building is that it means you’re wasting a lot of time and money on things that aren’t working for you. The biggest problem with over-designing is that if you make a mistake, you can’t just fix it, you can’t just redo it.
So why are we building over-designed houses? Weve all heard that when we’re going to buy another house, it will be so much more expensive than what we thought it would be, it will be better, and it will be nicer.
The thing about over-building is that if you do it right, it will be so much better. And in most modern houses, it will be. Some people go as far as to say that it is a form of the over-building that we do to ourselves. But the problem is that those who over-design are in a hurry to build, so they are only building things that are going to be useful in the future.
But if you want to build a house that you can afford to maintain, you can be really lazy and over- design. The problem here is the same as with building over-designed furniture: you will probably be less happy with the end product.
This is why many people do so well with what they have. It’s a nice house that they can afford, or they have just found a great deal on a home that they really wanted to move into. But there’s a catch that if you do so well that you have to have one of those houses. If you have a house that you can afford to maintain, you need to make sure you get someone who can help you maintain it.