When the walls keep love out

Making space for a blended family

Heather McLeod
5 min readAug 31, 2021

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(Photo by Herry Sutanto on Unsplash.)

At the time, five months after my husband’s death, it made sense: I’d use his life insurance money to build a house for me and our young son.

My dad is a retired carpenter and he led the way, designing a simple, cost-effective two-storey home. We called it my “transformer house,” because it could adapt to our little family of two’s…

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