March has been a bit of a topsy turvy month for us (more of that in a later post) and as a result the one year anniversary of the start of our building work slipped by without a mention, when really there should have been a little ceremonial trumpeting.
Mostly what the last 13 months have taught me is how incredibly quickly things can change. It feels like only a few weeks have passed since we were wistfully staring at architects drawings stuck to our fridge and now we are actually living in the house. Our renovation experience was an incredibly positive one, our builders were good company, the very stressful moments were few and I also have really positive memories of all three of us sleeping in the tiny little cabin in our garden (yes really!) I’m very aware that we got lucky and this is not the same story for everyone.
On Saturday we had some friends to visit, who hadn’t seen our house since before the work started and their first question was “So have you finished everything?”
We haven’t and I’m not entirely sure we ever will. The wonderful thing about finally living in a home of our own, is that it is continually evolving around us in small (but not vital) ways. Our focus over the next few months is on our garden, but inside there are small design projects to do in every room and every month we try and put aside a little money and time to do each one.
Meanwhile what of the small boy? Well he loves living here. He loves the space inside and out and he loves the community. Now the weather is warmer, he hangs out in our front garden chatting to the many dog walkers who pass by our gate with his rambling nonsensical three year-old stories. Later this month we find out if he has a place at our local primary school and we’re are also awaiting job news for Jim which will hopefully anchor him in this part of the country for another 3 years. It’s taken us 5 houses and 7 years to get here, but I think we can finally call this place home.
PS – This month our house story features in both Ideal Home Magazine and Etc Magazine (Sussex edition)