Our renovation story Part 1 - Our new home
Some of you may know that we are renovating. Renovation might not be the right word for it though - but I can't think of another word that would capture the over-bearing and all-consuming mammoth in the room.
To address that I thought it would be nice to write about it here in my blog as well. Let you in on our little (huge) project, and show you what is happening and where we are going (sometimes it feels nowhere). There is so much to update and tell you about, and pictures to share as well. Warning though, the pictures won't be pretty or stylised. Renovation is ugly work. I figures it would be nice to share our journey and write weekly about what has been happening in the house. Starting from the very beginning...
On 22nd May 2015 we got the keys to our new home. The same afternoon we went back to take full stock of the situation. We bought the place knowing full well there would be a big modernisation project ahead. The house was initially up for a silly amount, but eventually the scale of the renovation project was reflected on the price.
When we first viewed the house we liked it. Pretty much everything in the inside was wrong, outdated, in disrepair even, but it had potential. We could see it could become a beautiful house if someone who had a vision would move in. It was big, with high ceilings and big open windows. What we knew is that it would require a lot of money and graft, and made an offer well below the asking price, negotiated a while and then made the final take-it-or-leave-it offer. It was taken.
There is only so much you get to know on that first and second visit to the house. And only so much a full building survey tells you. When we got back to the house we started inspecting. What to do, where to go, where to start with. My husband started ripping the curtains and carpets off. We measures, walked in the space, and thought - "What have we let ourselves in for? Could we still back out?".
The answers to those questions were a lot of trouble and stress, and no. This was it. Could we really afford it? Well, we could not not afford it. As is often the case it felt like our hearts and desires had bigger plans than our wallets, but you have to do with what you have. There were so many things to do though that it felt like our budget would just about cover us. Just about. If there were no surprises to come...
Next week - Surprises...
Is anyone else doing renovations? Or anything large-scale? Words of encouragement and peer support would come pretty handy right now!
Check my renovation series here:
Part 1 - Our new home
Part 2 - Surprises
Part 3 - Project management