Every Man Should Have His Space

My husband’s winter project elicited a great deal of skepticism from his wife.  Yes, it was unfortunate that he could not see out the window in his office.  Living in a 4-level barn is definitely interesting, but it comes with built-in limitations, such as where it is and is NOT possible to put windows.  Because of the structure, he had only one high window in his loft office–too high to see out of without perching on a chair. 

When we did stand on the chair, the view was spectacular.  The birds-eye view of The Old Towne Grove Chapel was worth the price of admission, as well as the lofty vantage point of our garden.  Beyond that?…miles of farm land spread all the way to the next town.

What’s a guy to do?  Why, build a loft in the loft–just big enough to hold a desk and a couple of handy file cabinets.   What will that look like, I thought… What a surprise to find it looked like a sturdy deck with stairs and a railing all around set in the middle of his “man room,” and creating quite a unique addition to our barn home. 

 Every guy needs his space.  My guy has created a place where he can do paper work in the clouds…almost.  Why did I ever doubt him?


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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