On Home Stewardship
Irwin Weiner ASID - Most world religions talk about stewardship. We must take care of whatever it is that we're in charge of and leave it in better condition than when we found it. If you're a farmer, you must be a good steward of the land, making certain that your agricultural practices don't deplete the soil or pollute nearby rivers and streams. If you manage a retail store, it's your responsibility as a good steward to build up your employees and the condition of your shop, making everything better than when you took over. And if you're a homeowner, you should maintain your home well and improve it so that it can be passed on to others in a better condition than when you found it.
Home stewardship is one reason why I love the interior design industry so much. IWI's work with clients helps to improve the function, beauty, and livability of a home. We improve curb appeal, we change the architectural structure so that the bones of each room are enhanced. We help clients make decor choices that have great foresight, that won't date in a short period of time, and that can be enjoyed for many years in the future.
With my own new home, we took on a property in Pennsylvania that needs lots of TLC. We know of people who were interested in the potential of what we just bought, but they were ultimately overwhelmed by the work it would require to update the house. Fortunately, it's my job to improve properties, and it's a pleasure to tackle this new home improvement project and practice good home stewardship. From time to time I'll be posting some updates on our house progress. The basic architectural drawings are completed and we're about to have the new renovation plans finalized and filed with the township. Then it's taking the project out to bid with contractors. The fun begins!