Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
Advice on presenting a special gift
My sister and her husband feel like their townhouse is too small for them, with two kids, lots of stuff, only three bedrooms, and a pretty small basement. When the twins were born a year and a half ago, they thought they would be moving in a few years, but they've got a double whammy - on top of the lousy housing market, my sister hasn't been able to go back to work because of my niece's congenital heart defect, so they need money from his parents every month to get all the bills paid.
My husband and I do some home remodeling work, and we realized that it would be a pretty easy project for us to finish off half of their open basement space and create a new office space so the kids can each have their own bedroom and there should be enough space for everyone that they can stay in this house another ten years. We can do the framing, drywall, painting and trim, my hubby's dad can do the electrical, we'll have carpet installed, and just like that they've got a finished office space! And since we have a big basement and not a lot of stuff, we figured we can take a lot of their boxes and hang on to them until they get a bigger house, even if that's ten years. My parents and my older brother are going to pay for the materials, since hubby and I have been unemployed since December, and we will provide the labor for the project.
I can't imagine any reason they would say no, but I'm still very anxious about presenting this the best way possible. I think we're going to be bringing this up on Sunday at Easter brunch, since most of the family will be together. Did I mention my sister and her husband will be married ten years next month?
So any suggestions on when/how to bring this up, and how to word it?
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie