Putting Down Roots

I have been looking forward to blogging about this for some time. It has been VERRRRRY hard keeping this a secret, but honestly this has been the most stressful few months ever. And it’s gone wrong a couple of times.

But I can tell you now, because everything is signed, sealed, registered and we have the keys.

Keys?

YES KEYS! We have bought a house!

Excuse me for a minute while I do a happy dance and then pinch myself.

We have always aimed to buy a house, we have always saved hard for it – everything spare has gone into our savings account. In June, when we finally reached our savings target we went to look at some houses. Just two. The first one was awesome and full of potential. The second one was dire. So we went away, thought about it some more, and then the next week we went back and made an offer on the first house. And we were accepted. Hurrah!

Still didn’t have a mortgage offer though.

So for the next few months we went on a huuuuuuuuuuuuUUUUUUGE rollercoaster ride of stress, emotions, signing things, providing things, meetings, surveys, rejections, changes, frustrating banks not being FAST ENOUGH, more surveys, and then eventually we managed to complete yesterday.

Have you wondered why you haven’t seen any photos of the inside of our house at the moment? Well it is because everything is packed away in storage again, not much here at all, it’s very bare. Tomorrow we are going to OUR NEW HOUSE (which is just over the border, in North Yorkshire) and are going to clean it and whatnot, and move a few bits in. But then on Saturday (we weren’t able to hire a van for tomorrow) we are properly moving in! And buying a bed too, so on our moving day we actually have to go to Ikea. Argh.

It’s a little 2 bedroomed Yorkshire stone terraced house on a hill, built in (I believe) 1889. It has a little yard as well, *squee*!

Now because it’s an old house there is a lot that needs doing to it – this is actually the only reason we can afford it. The most major things that need doing are damp, and roof. The main roof needs some slates replacing and some other work around the chimney and roof ridge. The flat roof over the kitchen needs re-felting. Oh and the gutter needs mending above our bedroom window because it’s making the plaster a bit damp. The other BIG thing that needs doing is that we have to “tank” the living room, and part of the dining room. Originally the floor was stone flags which allowed the moisture from the ground to evaporate naturally, but a few years ago a concrete floor with a damp proof course was put down. This is causing all the moisture to be pushed into the stone walls, which results in damp.

Sooooo we have to strip all of the plaster off of the walls, and then from floor to ceiling we have to adhere a fancy pants membrane (or sticky back plastic as I prefer to think of it), and then have the whole thing replastered.

Would you all like to join me in saying EEEEEK?

We should have internet by the 27th, but I get access on my Ipod at Andy’s work so should be able to blog a bit.

Ahhhhh, feels sooooo good to finally share that with you! Feels like I’ve been sitting on it for ages.

Apart from all the hard work, which I am sort of dreading, I am really looking forward to things like growing my own garden in pots, having perhaps a bunny or some guinea pigs of our own, and hosting my first Christmas. And baking my first Christmas cake! I am so happy that I get to blog about all of this as I go along, it’s going to be a great way of showing progress.

:-D

Love you all!

p.s want to hear something stupid? I put some washing on when I came in with the intention of washing my work trousers so that they would be ready for when I go back to work on Monday. But when I came up to blog this, they were still on the bed. Dammit!

42 thoughts on “Putting Down Roots

  1. Yaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You made it Heather, you made it through the House Buying Process and the keys are yours!!!!!!!!
    Way to go, I am so thrilled that you and A have finally got your Nest. Now for the feathering of it, you’re going to have such fun. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, get the kettle on for about 1.30, OK?? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Jo says:

    EEEEEEK!

    Congratulations, how very exciting for you. Aren’t you good at keeping secrets!!!
    I don’t envy you all the hard work but you know that it will be SO worth it.
    Good luck with the move
    x

  3. Woo-Hoo!!!

    That is fantastic. Very exciting time for you both, it will be so good to have your own place.

    Hope the move goes smooooooothly for you.

    :-D

  4. jo says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! i´m so happy for you, i´m in my fifties and still haven´t been able to make this dream come true. you are so, so lucky and i´m very happy for you!! xo, jo

  5. Congratulations! Hope you are both very happy in your new home. Good luck with the decorating and I am sure you will settle in very quickly. Talking of Xmas already???!

  6. Congratulations Heather and Andy!!!!! What fantastic news! It sounds gorgeous, even if it does need a little TLC, you have a real piece of history….can\’t wait to see the photos :-) 1889 wow it must have a lovely feel to it and how nice to restore an old girl and give her back a life :-)

    Glad it was only \’house drama\’ making you blue!

    You have made my day :-) xx

  7. Sarah says:

    Wonderful news!! Congratulations to you both. Our terraced house is circa 1905 and I remember damp courses plastering putting in a fireplace etc etc…. It will take time and sometimes it will feel frustrating but it will be worth it! So crochet decorations for your first Christmas!!! A great adventure for you bothxxx

  8. Congratulations heather, that is great news for you. It can be very stressful sorting out the all the money side of things in the lead up to the purchase. We bought an old house like the sound of yours and a year on have almost finished all of the repairs that need to be done to it. It is a slow process but enjoy having a place that is all yours!

  9. Anne says:

    Congratulations!! Enjoy your new home and all that goes with having your own place. Good luck with the move and I’m looking forward to seeing your progress with renovating and decorating.
    Anne

  10. Gill says:

    Hi Heather
    Congratulations! The cottage sounds great fun – I know we’re all looking forward to seeing the pictures and following your progress!
    Our first house was a condemned terrace cottage! incredibly hard work but so rewarding
    Gill x

  11. Woot! Oh, that’s wonderful news, Heather. I’m very jealous and really delighted for you. No wonder it’s been a hard few months, but I’m sure you’ll have a great time getting the place just as you want it :)

  12. Oh Heather brilliant news. Fluffing your nest up time! Its fetched a tear to my eye. We bought our very first home over 27 years ago…it was hard saving doing it up etc etc ( times dont change do they!??) But oh my the reward is so worth it. Enjoy every minute. I have my Son touring in the USA at the momnent and am going through lots of emotions with him not being here ( he is a big lad 25!) He may stay a whole lot longer but hey he will only be a plane journey away!
    Wishing you and Andy all the very best!! Heather xxx

  13. Devinder says:

    congratulations, i know exactly how excite you feel, i brought my house a month ago and i am still moving in, i cant wait to move in. Congratulations. i know exactly what it is like, so stressful but glad i have it now and i can enjoy my life. Enjoy the packing, unpacking and moving.

  14. Congratulations.

    I’m so darn happy for you both. Yippee!!!!

    I definitely need to see pictures (I’m nosey like that).

    Where in North Yorkshire, if you don’t mind me asking?

    Jill xxxx

  15. melissa says:

    sqweeee!!! Its a good feeling eh? we were married over 20 years before we were finally able to afford to buy our first home. So…..exciting!! happy times!

  16. penelope10 says:

    I am really happy for you and Andy!! It may be some work involved but it’s yours!!! I can just so all your hooky goodness around and plants!
    I’m looking forward to a place again where I have my own dirt, to plant! Plus have the music on as loud as I want and have my very own doggie!!!

  17. Louisa says:

    Congratulations!!!! So happy for you! (and I must admit a tiny bit jealous!) I can’t wait to see photos – it sounds like my dream home!!

  18. Jennifer says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! This is such an exciting time for you and Andy. I know it’s a ton of work but you will be so happy because the house is YOURS!! Best wishes and I’m so looking forward to following your progress! xoxo

  19. Such wonderful news Heather. I’m sure you will both be so happy in ‘your’ new home.

    One tip, try to do one room at a time and keep calm about all the mess when you are renovating, its only temporary and you will get there in the end – I speak from experience! Sadly things do take longer than you expect but just keep thinking this is your home all yours and nobody can take this happiness away from you!

    Just so happy for you both x

  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

    I still remember how we felt when we got our house 4 yrs ago – still have loads to do but it’s great having our own home!!

  21. julie says:

    Hi Heather, I always read your blog but don’t post often. I’m so excited and pleased for you on getting your house at last and can’t wait to see your progress on making it your own on your blog and in your fab photos. Congratulations!!!

  22. Eeek indeed! Hope all goes well with the house move. I envy a yard at the moment. We have a garden and it’s a right mess. Too much upkeep and it is sooo not me! A yard with a few pots would suit me just fine. x

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