I should have really started the new HomeEtc linky last week with this post.
Our house is a new build, we have lived here for almost a year now. I won’t dwell on the details but suffice to say, it hasn’t been an easy year and the house is still not finished.
The Jack in the title is not our dog but Jack from the nursery rhyme – I will leave it there!
As everyone with a new house will know, there are lots of things interior design wise, that you cannot do for the first two years – snagging aside. Therefore, this link is going to be a great way for me to record the changes because, although we do have mostly brand new fixtures and fittings, we still have builder’s magnolia on every wall.
Here are a few pictures that compare the construction stage with now:
The picture at the top was taken on the 1st March 2014. This was a concern because we were due to move in May, of course we didn’t, it was the first of our set backs.
This top picture was taken in June 2014, we couldn’t get near to the site for a long time because it was surrounded with fences that were mostly covered up. A cynic might think this was because the builders didn’t want us to see the lack of progress mmm…….
The top picture was taken just 10 days before we moved in. Everything was a terrible rush at the end, the builders crammed everything in to ensure we were moved in by their half-year end. The house wasn’t ready!
The house stands on the site of an old college building that was found unsuitable by Ofstead some years ago. The site is located in a green belt area and as I understand it, the land was sold on the understanding that the footprint for all the houses was not to exceed those of the original college building.
This picture of The Chapel shows the college building on the right which is where our house is now as seen.
Eventually The Chapel is going to be our Community Centre – we are waiting for the builders!
Issues aside, we love living here, the area is beautiful, most of the neighbours are fab and it is really handy for the school bus. I love the symmetry of the house and feel it’s quite well balanced, there is lots of natural sunlight with all of the windows. Nevertheless, we still do have many outstanding issues with the builders and their “customer service” is shocking!
So pop around each Wednesday when I join Jess from Mummy to Boy Girl Twins and Caro from The Twinkle Diaries in their new link HomeEtc. I will show you around and hopefully, you can advise me when I run out of inspiration!
A massive congratulations to Caro, she has won the Principality Building Society competition with this post about what home means to her, it fabulous!
Have a lovely day!