Don’t ditch pas­sions when re­tired

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THE OTHER day I re­ceived a call from Dee, who asked me to pop in at her home and ad­vise if I thought she could con­vert her ex­ist­ing art stu­dio into an Airbnb. I love try­ing to help peo­ple, but I feel guilty if I have to give neg­a­tive an­swers.

Luck­ily Dee was only at the plan­ning and ask­ing ques­tions stage. All too of­ten we rush in with­out doing the proper home­work. As I al­ways try to bring across in the col­umn, achiev­ing what we want to do re­volves around get­ting the plan­ning, pre­lim­i­nary and prepara­tory work right.

In Dee’s case she prob­a­bly has the space to con­vert her stu­dio into a guest room or cot­tage, but whether it will be al­lowed in terms of build­ing by-laws is the first ques­tion she needs to an­swer. Then she would need to get a wa­ter sup­ply and sew­er­age sys­tem, which is all on the other side of the main house. It can cer­tainly be done, but at what cost?

Is she go­ing to be able to of­fer her guests park­ing? Prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion is: does she re­ally want to re­tire and give up her pas­sion for art, which keeps her go­ing and en­sures she doesn’t sit around get­ting mor­bid be­cause she is bored or isn’t us­ing those spe­cial skills we all have in one form or an­other?

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