You read that right, folks. We bought a house! We’re grown-ups, adults, home-owners… Well we will be once the damn thing is built! I know I’m incredibly lucky to be in this situation but it’s all quite overwhelming. I want to share how we got to this point for posterity and maybe it might help someone else who is stumbling around the internet in the same situation that I was in a few months ago! It might get a bit long-winded and I’ll probably overuse gifs – you have been warned!
It was the end of January 2015 and after a random discussion about how much money we’ve spent on rent living together for the past 3 years, Ian and I seriously started to to consider buying a house. We had the ‘money talk’ which is never not awkward and set ourselves a rough budget for our first home. Unbeknownst to us, we greatly underestimated how much houses actually cost in our area! Anyway, I took on the job of looking around for places that fit our ‘want list’ which was along the lines of:
- 3 Bedrooms
- A garden
- in the South Lanarkshire area
- Enough space for a craft room*
*I’m seriously not kidding about the last point. A craft room is good for my sanity and Ian whole-heartedly agrees. He’s a good egg 🙂
Anyway, once I had narrowed down the options, we came to the conclusion that a new build would suit our needs best. Thankfully there are more than a few developments under way in the area but we were sure that we wanted to stay close to a main street and not just in the middle of a sea of houses. This definitely made things more difficult when searching as it’s so hard to tell without knowing the overall area. I thought it would be a great idea to visit 8 sites in the 1 day to quickly and efficiently rule out the unsuitable plots… It went a bit like this:
We couldn’t find site 1… Liked number 2… Hated number 3… LOVED number 4… Decided it was too expensive… Half-heartedly mooched around 5 and 6… Loathed number 7 and gave up by number 8.
We were driving around the Greater Glasgow area for 8 hours that day. I do not recommend it.
That night and the next day we couldn’t get site number 4 out of our heads. I felt absolutely gutted that it wasn’t going to be our home. I even have the Snapchat story to prove it.
At this point there was A LOT of soul searching and after speaking to our families and a financial advisor, we came to the conclusion that yes, it was more than what we originally wanted to spend, but actually we could afford it. Obviously the cheap-skate in me took over when we were deciding our budget! Decision made – we went for it! After that there was lots of back and forth between ourselves, the house builder, the financial advisor and our solicitor. I don’t think I’ve ever sent as many emails in such a short space of time. The main thing is now everything is signed and we are officially signed up for our house! Cue the dancing girls!
So our house is being built by a Scottish company called Springfield who are based in Elgin. They work a bit differently to other builders in that they won’t actually start building the house until you’ve signed a contract and paid a partial deposit. Our estimated date for completion isn’t until February/March 2016 which seems like an age away, but I’ve already had to make all the interior decisions for our home! A lot of new builds include kitchen cabinets and maybe a bathroom suite but I was overwhelmed with what is actually included in our house price…
- A choice of kitchen cabinets and worktops
- Integrated Smeg appliances (cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer)
- Washing Machine
- Porcelanosa tiles for all bathrooms
- Vanity units for all bathrooms
- Carpet and lino throughout the whole house
- Painted walls
- Interior doors, handles, sockets and switches
- Turfed front and back garden
- Paved driveway
- Fitted wardrobes in all bedrooms
I’ve probably forgotten things but holy cow that’s a lot of decisions to make. And we’re not talking having a choice of 2 options… We were sent to full-out showrooms for the tiles, bathrooms, kitchen and wardrobes! To say I was overwhelmed is putting it mildly. However, I have to say the process was actually very lovely and all the suppliers couldn’t have been any more helpful, especially the lovely lady who showed us around at Porcelanosa! I’m not 100% sure everything is actually going to match – especially the paint colours in each room as those decisions were made after maybe 1 too many gins on a Friday evening – but they’re pretty much confirmed in blood now so if it’s all a riot you can be sure I’ll be crying about it here in 6 months time.
Speaking of interiors… Remember when I used to blog about DIY projects? My most viewed post to this date is still my Ikea Lack Coffee Table Hack so you can expect an uptake of things like that in the new year as I struggle to furnish my new house! In the meantime I have a few interior-related posts which I want to share which I hope you’ll enjoy! I couldn’t be more excited about this huge, grown-up step Ian and I are taking together…. Hurry up 2016!