The 2021 project

Looking down at house plans, colour swatches, fabric samples and two dried grass stems.

About 11 months ago, Adam and I decided to embark upon building a new house. To be perfectly honest, we probably thought come August 2021 we’d have moved and be settling in to our next home – but we still haven’t actually broken ground yet.

There were delays that were out of our control, which pushed progress back by a good couple of months. At one stage we nearly abandoned the project altogether, it just felt like we were running into hiccup after hiccup. In the end though, we just couldn’t walk away. We loved our block of land and decided we just needed to ride with the speed bumps. And now we’re getting tantalisingly close…

The finance is approved, the design finalised and over the next few weeks we should get the official tick to allow us (or our builder I should say) to start work.

Adam and I spent weeks revising our floor plan. It’s something we’ve crafted with our builder, that maximises the uniqueness of our block, the natural light (keeping in mind Wagga Wagga gets rather chilly in the winter and bloody hot in the summer) and combines our family home with a dedicated and purposely built space for Adam’s business. We’re really excited about what we’ve come up with and can’t wait to see it brought to life.

I’ve been fortunate enough to go experience a ‘house-build’ before and while I was happy to be guided by my builder last time… this time I’m a lot more opinionated. I think style wise I’m a lot more confident, but I’m also more aware about what design elements work well for a busy family.

We’re starting to visit vendors to make selections and that really is cementing the fact, that after so many months of discussion and collecting images for inspiration, this house is actually happening. Adam and I have very similar tastes when it comes to architecture and interior design, so it’s been really nice working together on this little project. It certainly feels like this will be ‘our house’, not just a tweaked version of every other new built home in the suburb.

I think it’s a little naive to think we’ll be in the new place by the end of the year – I think the first quarter of 2022 is probably more realistic. I will be a little sad to leave our current home. It’s the place where Adam and I first lived together, the house we introduced a newborn Paul to, the house that’s been our sanctuary during COVID lockdowns. On the flipside though, I can’t wait to have a space that we’ve designed for us, for Paul to have a big backyard to play in and to be able to comfortably host our family and friends for lunches, dinners and nights away.

I’m really looking forward to writing semi-regular updates on how it’s all progressing, but for now we just have to be patient for a little bit longer.

Have a wonderful week.

M. x

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