Today is one year to the day since we moved in to this house.
Normally this would be where I'd say time has flown, but, on the contrary, it's been a long year. Not half as long as the weeks leading up to our move though. Have any of you been reading that long? If not, you missed one hell of a farce. In which the buyers of Karen's old house risked the collapse of the whole chain for the sake of their summer holiday. God damn, they were dum as hell. It stills makes me smile when I look at our fireplace though ;o)
Although we moved house a year ago, the house has not been ours for a year. It wasn't until late October that we completed the deal. I can't tell you the amount of stress this caused while making serious structural changes to somebody else's house. Not just stress for us, but for the couple who kindly let us move in to their house in the first place, unaware that we would start knocking it to bits and take so long to pay up. At one point they did call and say that they were running out of money and would have to pull the plug if things weren't sorted soon. I didn't sleep much that night and got a little irrate on the blower the next day.
Anyway, one year gone, what have we achieved? A lot I think. If I had to put a figure on it I'd say we'd "done" half of the house. In another year's time I hope to have the majority of the house to our liking (finances depending that is). The only expensive room left is the bathroom really. The landing/hallway will be expensive as well, as it all needs skimming once we've got rid of the woodchip. Apart from that we just need to re-decorate a few more rooms.
Talking of finances, we're really pushing ourselves to the limit at the moment (it really is a "money pit"!). Whenever one of us gets down (in terms of bank balance as well as metaphorically) the other will tell them to look at "the bigger picture". In a year's time, when most of the changes are made, there won't be the regular £600 expenditures on this and that.
Will we get the house re-valued when we're done? Maybe. Whether we do or not at least we know it's not exactly pouring money down the drain. The value of the house has doubtless increased in the last year. Will the market crash though? That's the big question.
One thing I am glad of though is that I've kept this blog ticking over. It's nice to look through it from time to time and remember just what (and when) we've been up to. During the year I've been taking endless photos and documenting the whole process. Hopefully in a year's time I'll still be both blogging and photographing the whole arduous process of DIYing your own house. People thinks it's an odd thing to do, but I'm hoping it will be worth it.
I want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to my dad. He's been an amazing help over the past year. I don't think we'd be anywhere near the point we are without him. Thanks dad! Oh, and mum too. You've both been great!!