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doing up a house, bit by bit

 

sokoban August 24, 2007

Filed under: house — dom @ 5:37 am

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Our lives are now consisting of moving boxes from room to room. Forever. For example, our ‘plan’ for the downstairs area mainly consists the following back breaking steps - Sofas arriving - move everything out of dining room. Sofas arrived - move everything into dining room. Lounge painted - move everything into lounge. Dining room painted - move dining stuff into dining room. And that’s just two rooms!

 
 

oor hoose August 16, 2007

Filed under: house — dom @ 5:46 am

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oor hoose

In the Christmas break of 2006 we decided to move back from Edinburgh to Leeds. Ten years in Scotland had been fun, but our families seemed to all be coming back home, so we thought we should join them. This was clearly going to take ages, and be very disruptive.

Well, after new year we did a bit of tidying of the flat, replaced the bathroom extract that we’d never got around to fixing and did a general declutter. We phoned our friendly solicitor, got the place photographed, a ‘For Sale’ sign dubiously bolted to our bin stores and held our breath. Two weeks later and we were sticking a ‘Sold’ sticker on said dubious sign.

We were in no rush to buy, since we had plenty of places to stay back in Yorkshire, so were waiting before looking elsewhere. We spent a couple of weekends looking at places in the area we wanted to live (not too far away from towns or families, but not too close either) and soon stumbled upon a rather sweet house in the village we got married in, thirty minutes on the bus from Leeds, but curiously still in the countryside. And a ten minute walk to the local. Ideal!

We’ve had to wait until now before the sellers found a place to live, and so we only got the keys last Friday. Champagne and fish and chips were had by all, and I felt like I was home.

The house is a post-war semi detached with two double bedrooms, a single bedroom, good sized bathroom with separate toilet, reasonable sized kitchen with a pantry and a knocked through living/dining room. About twice the size of our flat! It also has gardens on three sides, a garage with drive, a spacious floored atic and a rather fetching shed. Certainly enough space for now.

We wanted something that would let us make our mark - more than our old Barratt flat would - and our house is begging for it. All the decoration is tired and worn, but perfectly functional - so we can renovate room by room and live in at the same time. We’re going to keep track of our progress on this here bloggy thing. Here goes!