Our house, built in 1966, lives. Its slow evolution reflects our changing needs along with our shifting styles. Originally shingled with asbestos siding in a muted grey-green, the house now dresses in grey with red trim. The footprint, a mere thousand square feet in the beginning, now sports an addition of a family room, master bedroom, and master bathroom. Landscaping, once immature trees and bushes, towers over the lot. Inside, rooms transformed from plain beige tones to pastel tints to vibrant hues.
I began documenting our home’s progression through photography. In the early years, the transformations appeared as background to our personal growth. In recent years, my camera records a project before we begin and after we finish.
So many people now-a-days move frequently that they never get the pleasure of watching a small Live Oak reach maturity. They don’t have the opportunity to flourish with their homes. I count myself fortunate that I’ve sunk in roots and grown.
Copyright 2013 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman