I know that a lot of people think we are crazy selling this house. Yes it is undeniably beautiful and I feel very lucky that it is our home. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I was ready to move yet but with Sonny starting school in September we thought that if we are going to do it, then it should be before he starts. Meaning only one child is being disrupted by the change.
Let me give you a little background on our house journey so far. We bought a wreck of a 3 bedroom semi detached house in Broadway over 6 years ago. It was our first home and we were just so excited to have actually got onto the property ladder. Harbor was 3 months old and Si was working 12 hour days, meaning all renovations were taking place from 8pm till the early hours. I remember stripping wallpaper off at 1am thinking ‘is this adult life?’ We actually lost a lot of friends during this period of our lives. Having no free time to see anyone anymore meant we just lost touch. Sadly some of those friendships never rekindled. I guess it was because we were so young and no one understood why we wanted to spend our weekends in B&Q rather than in beer gardens. I am thankful that we made those sacrifices though. It was such hard work being a new mum, using a bathtub as a sink for 6 months and not owning a cooker for the best part of a year!
This was our kitchen. We very quickly learnt how to tile, how to assemble Ikea kitchens and turned it around. Our budget was so so small that most jobs were done by us and family members.
After 18 months we had made some money on this house and with Si working in Cheltenham we wanted to shorten his commute so he might have a chance of spending a little more time with the boys (that never materialised, he still works very long hours) and we fell in love with a Cheltenham townhouse. I’m still so fond of this house! It was purchased and completely renovated by a builder before we bought it. Meaning there wasn’t any major work to do for a change. I thought this would be perfect but actually I really missed renovating a house. I think I had caught the bug.
In short this house was lovely but after 18 months the need to move again kicked in and it led us to buy our house now.
Why are we moving this time? It isn’t really anything to do with this house. Being brutally honest I don’t think we will have anymore children. It has been an idea I have been toying with recently but I am not sure it is something that I want. Sonny will be starting school soon and I really want a house that is a bigger project than we have undertaken before. I love interiors and the idea that I will have some more spare time to actually dedicate to creating our forever home makes me so excited. Of course we could stay here, maybe extend, but I just want something completely new to get my teeth into.
I really want a large sociable kitchen with an island. It is pretty much the only ‘must have’ thing on my house search list. Even that is fairly loose as if the house has room to extend then I know I will be able to put a new kitchen in. I would love to have big windows as light is so important. The problem is that our budget isn’t massive. Especially with me becoming self employed recently. Fortunately Si has such a great eye when it comes to houses. (He did a degree in architecture meaning he knows what is possible with extensions) I am confident we will find something lovely soon. I will be very sad to say goodbye to the fireplaces though!
So in short we are moving because thats what we like to do! The next house will need to be one to see us in for at least ten years, to get the children through school. So we need to choose wisely!