Written by Abigail Callaghan Tuesday, 21 February 2012 21:21
Yes we are still in the midst of the build. The good news is that the widows are now in ( they were fitted on Valentines day, allowing me and Pete to have a slightly warmer romantic meal of fish and chips in our new house). As with every part of the build, they took a lot longer to be installed than we had planned for, as the main window sills had been cut too short, then all the window fitters came down with flu and needed time off! The roof is slowly going on, and it is looking good. It is a shame that it is costing so much for something that will not really be seen, apart from the underside eves above our balcony. Still, we will know that it is being carefully crafted, and will last a long time without needing maintenance.
With the house now being nearly watertight, we can start to think about the interiors. Finance is still tight - the slow progress of the build has led to the bank not releasing as much as we would have liked at this stage, and we will need another survey before they release any more of the mortgage. Sometimes it feels as if the bank does not want the house to be finished, as we do not want to book or order anything we can't pay for, but without doing those things, the bank will not lend any more. So we constantly have to balance the books, cut out non essential items, and worry a lot about meeting the high up front costs, when we have an in arrears mortgage. We are going to have to do lots of the work ourselves that we would have preferred to get professionals in for, but certain jobs are just time consuming, not hard ( like insulating all the interior walls and ceilings). I suspect a lot of weekends will be spent on site in the coming months.
The house is starting to feel good though. Everyone who visits comments on how spacious it is inside. There are niggles about a couple of things ( my walk in wardrobe seems to have shrunk to a walk in shelf) but on the whole, it is as we imagined it all that time ago. The kitchen will be light and airy, the lounge and dining room will be bright but cosy and the bedrooms are all of a good size. The balconies will look fantastic once finished, and I intend to plant trees in the garden to give privacy to us and the houses which we overlook.
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