I want to take a second to say that while it seems that I am inventing this big crazy thing alone, I am not.
Back in the US, friends have sent me some heart-shaped rocks to put under the house (as it turns out, they are way too pretty to go under the house). They are with me always.
Also, the phone has allowed me to gain wisdom and perspective from friends and family. Thanks to my sister, there will be a sink in the studio, also thanks to Carol, I am building "for me" as opposed to what may appeal to a potential future buyer. My nephew Julien has made a design for a second floor. My son Marco is lovingly encouraging me to be careful. My daughter is cheering me on with many exclamation points in her texts :)
Costa has "moved" the shower to a much better place and has also made a great suggestion for the bars of the window that seem unavoidable, here - and yet are a tough idea for me who lives with my doors wide open all the time.
Guidance and support all around. From many sources including the not obvious ones.