It is scary to think that this could potentially (probably) be the last Christmas in our current house before the big move to our self built home. When we started the process of applying for planning permission I said each year (with hope) that next year we would be in our new house but as the years passed and more stumbling blocks came our way, I stopped and began to doubt it ever would become reality. Now I say it with excitement that 2020 could be the year we move into our self build!
After our planning permission was passed in early December 2018 we were ecstatic to hit the ground running but *wham* I found out I was pregnant just after Christmas. We really debated whether to begin the build or hold off until after the baby arrived but thankfully with the encouragement of family we struck ground and our foundations began in February 2019. I’m so glad we listened to them. Although I was afraid that we were taking on too much, and of the financial strain, I’m so glad we didn’t waste these eight months.
A few months after the foundations began, our bricklayers had the shell of our house up and the roof started in August 2019. In fact, when I went into hospital for my c-section the roof was just wood and when I came out a couple of days later there was felt & tiles!
We are now almost 8 months from beginning the foundations and our roof is finished, bricklayers are done and the windows are ordered, in fact we will be watertight by Christmas!
Although this is meant to be the quick part, it has been somewhat slower for us as we have had the help of family and friends who work in the industry. This meant some of the work was completed during evenings and weekends but we didn’t mind the hold up- we are just thankful for the help!
Now that we have Isa’s diagnosis (you can read about it here) we are in much more of a hurry to speed things along than we previously were. We have the insulation lined up for the week the windows are done, first fix of electrics has started and the plumbing first fix should begin this week.
Before when people asked me had I an end date I joked “as long as I’m in it before I’m 35 – I’m 27) now I’m firmly set on April 2020 to allow us to move in before I go back to work from my maternity leave and before Isa truly starts on the more complex part of her weaning journey.
It is such an exciting journey for us and we are loving this stage of the build, especially in following along with other accounts on Instagram. I have been trying much harder to pop up on my stories when I’m in show rooms etc!
So here is to the next 7 months. May they fly by and may our home finally be finished 😊