Monday, 2 February 2015

A House


We have a house! Oh yes! It's not a home (yet) but it's a start and we are over the moon.

It all happened very quickly in the end because we were "proceedable" (a word I loathe but estate agents like to use very much - everything is all about how proceedable you are or are not.) I remember saying before that I didn't find moving house stressful. Well, selling our house was not stressful. It was tiring, hectic and at times emotional, but buying a house...oh, yes that is different, because when you're buying a house you want it. There's a lot at stake. You imagine yourself and your family living in that house and you start to make emotional links to it even though you know you mustn't, because it could all fall through. 

Our house (and I love that we can now refer to it as that, rather than starting all sentences with "If we get the house...") has been vacant for the last six months. The vendors, an asset management company, refused to take it off the market even after they accepted our offer and insisted we exchange and complete on the same day, two weeks later. I was terrified we'd be outbid at the last moment but thankfully we were not, and with the help of our (brilliant) solicitor we were able to move quickly. It worked to our benefit that we had no chain. Of course, although it was all quite stressful, we'd never have been able to afford to this house under other circumstances. 

We picked up the keys last week and are at the stage now of having the electrics, boiler and plumbing checked and making lists of things we'd like to do before we move in. The house is currently furnished with camping chairs and a kettle. I've got a whole new notebook (with a Liberty print pattern on the cover) just dedicated to lists for this house. You know I love a list. 

The house was built in 1968. I always liked a period house, but I didn't expect to live in one from this era. It has a ski chalet look about and and lots of quirky original features which - luckily - we absolutely love. And big rooms and huge windows (the tape measure was too short to measure the lounge window to our surprise and amusement) and a good size garden and it's on a really nice, quiet street.... We live in the suburbs now and I like it.

Work so far has been limited to this:


Thank you for letting me waffle on about it here. It's so good to be able to share it all with you! It will be some weeks before we actually move in, but I will be wittering on about paint colours and what-not here for some time. 

It's so exciting!!!

86 comments:

  1. Have been following your blog and I see you have a new home!! How marvellous; and I know there is not much to see but the room looks really large and you have already said the windows are!! Lots of lovely light and the garden looks good too. Do hope you and your lovely family are very happy here. Much love Andie XXXXXXXXX

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  2. How wonderful Gillian, things did move quickly and I'm so happy for you that you can now relax.
    Look forward to seeing the transformation.
    Jacquie x

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  3. Congrats! What great news! I am so glad you were able to find a home you truly love! No one wants to go through the stress of moving into a home that just doesn't "feel" right. Moving always entails lots of lists. I be you have that notebook full within a month!!

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  4. Congratulations. I'm very happy for you guys.

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  5. I am so excited for you! The hardwood floors are just beautiful, and I love the brick fireplace!

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  6. I love this house too! It has good bones. Our house has big windows They afford so much light, even on the darkest day. I shall live vicariously through the renovation. I'm sure you and John will make it into a beautiful home.
    Leanne xx

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  7. How exciting! I'm so happy for you; your house looks lovely and I love the fact that it has a balcony. I can't wait to see what you do to it. x

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  8. Your new house is exactly as "old" as I am, so I can confirm that 1968 was a good year :-)
    I like what I see so far. Plenty of light and space. Strange that the sellers would not take it off the market and insisted on rushing everything - I hope that does not mean something is not quite right there.
    It really is exciting, and I am looking forward to seeing through your blog how this house turns into a home!

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  9. Congratulations! What a fabulous house, so bright and lots of light streaming in! Also wonderful that you can so some work on it before you actually move in, that is a huge benefit. Looking forward to hearing all about the transformation from house to home! X

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  10. Hallelujah! There is nothing better than the day you finally get 'the keys'. Please keep the photos coming, I love watching other people's DIY, it's so much easier than me actually doing it myself!!! Sarah

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  11. Huge congrats to you, such exciting news. My sister bought her flat this way and I remember the stress she had {and we felt on her behalf!}.
    Love the balcony, how unusual.
    Your new home is as old as me, built in the year I was born, I could do with some sprucing up too!
    Lisa x

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  12. I'm so excited for you all ..... what a brilliant adventure!
    Look at that amazing balcony!
    love Jooles x x x

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  13. Congratulations !!
    All went quite fast, if you think about it, selling your old house, moving, and now finding a new one... good for you ! Everybody needs a home they can call its own !!
    And now the fun part starts - making it really YOUR place :-) !

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  14. Your new home looks lovely and light gillian,cant wait for more pictures ,happy renovating x

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  15. Oh Gillian it looks lovely, and really light. I like the chalet vibe! I'm sure there will be lots of after-ski to celebrate! Xxx

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  16. How exciting, I'm really happy for you and your family! Keep us posted, we'd love to hear about your renovations! :)

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  17. How absolutely thrilling for you Gillian, congratulations. I am looking forward to following your journey and to seeing the rest of your new home. Good luck, Heike xx

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  18. The house looks perfect for your family and those hardwood floors are beautiful. Have you stayed in the same area as your parents?

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  19. Congratulations Gillian. So exciting! x

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  20. How exciting its going to be fab :)

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  21. I hope you have many happy years there Gillian. Will be eagerly awaiting updates on the transformation. I know you'll make it fab-u-lous!! x

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  22. This is brilliant news, Gillian! Congratulations! X

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  23. Congratulations......witter away all you want, I personally don't think you can get too many paint charts! :) xxx

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  24. How exciting for you & a Liberty print notebook for all your ideas sounds just right! Congratulations, let the fun bits commence. x

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  25. So pleased for you both. And I can't wait to share the journey here as it evolves into a home xxx

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  26. I'm so thrilled that you have the house that you wanted, it's lovely, and I know that with your excellent eye you will create a really gorgeous home. I'm a big fan of big windows and lots of light, it makes such a difference. Well done on getting a new notebook too, it is certainly a new notebook moment. I shall enjoy seeing it all come together. CJ xx

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  27. Oh how exciting, so happy for you. Enjoy the new house journey, I can't wait to see all the updates.

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  28. Congratulations on the new home!, I am sure you will have fun making it your home, i look forward to seeing the changes to comexx

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  29. So exciting! I shall look forward to your home making! Bee xx

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  30. Congratulations-it's a very exciting time and you are very lucky to be able to get some work done before you move in....loving the very 'unusual' wallpapered fireplace!

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  31. Congrats on finding a house and am looking forward to your journey in decorating it and making it your own. Take care.

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  32. Soooooo exciting Gillian - it makes all the stressful bit worth it doesn't it when this fun bit starts - you just can't beat that high. We lived in a 1960's house before our current one and it was so perfect for a busy family - it totally worked room wise and I just fell in love with a house that was so light and bright. We waited for a year for the house we are in now - so worth it when you know its what you want for your family. Really looking forward to lots and lots of homey photo's, Kate xx

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  33. So pleased for you happy new home
    Clare x

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  34. cant wait to see what you do to the place. Good luck in your new home!

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  35. Yaaaay, brilliant news, congratulations xxxx

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  36. Gillian I'm so thrilled for you! How exciting...and so much potential. It looks like a house with lovely bones, and at least you won't have all the problems which come with decrepitude and need remedying expensively before all the fun decorating can begin - congratulations!! Kx

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  37. Congrats....so wonderful and can not wait to see what you do with it....it looks lovely!! Enjoy your 'lists' and all the best

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  38. Oh that is one beautiful home. Moving house is the most stressful experience I have ever been though. We too had to complete and exchange on the same day! I can see lots of happy years in that home

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  39. Wow!! That was really quick!! Congratulations!! Exciting times ahead for you and your family! Look fwd to seeing what you do with it. Pati xx

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  40. We live in a 1960s house and they certainly have their quirks! Nice to have a house with character though :-) xx

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  41. Keep waffling Gillian, I can feel your excitement. Love Jo x

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  42. Excellent. I can't wait to see all things you're going to do in your new house.

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  43. Very exciting, can't wait to see what you're going to do to it. Good luck!

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  44. Hooray and congratulations! The period between making an offer and completing must be one of the nerve wracking times; heart breaking when you lose what you've come to think of as your new dream home; thank goodness you had a happy outcome. . Your new house looks wonderful and I think your style and the house will complement each other beautifully. I can't wait to see the changes unfold and yes the lists rule. Long live the lists!

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  45. I am so pleased you found a house you love so quickly! I like the balcony on the first floor, just imagine the small table and chairs, sitting in the sun and reading a book. Happy renovating. x

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  46. Ooh, that's great news! But it makes me feel soooo old! We bought our first home in 1964 and it was brand new, so I don't think of the 1960s as being 'period', which to young people now they are!!!
    Hideous wallpaper, glad you have made a start on the fireplace so that that black paper can be removed! I take it you didn't actually like it, har, har!
    Margaret P

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  47. Congratulations! I never thought I'd end up in a 70s house (mine was built in 1971) but, like you, I fell for the big windows and room sizes. You're doing the right thing getting everything checked out and sorted before you move in - I had someone check the electrics and boy did we find some weird stuff! x

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  48. I am so glad that you found somewhere so lovely. I shall really enjoy watching you transform this house into a home. It will be such a help being able to work on an empty house. We moved here eleven years ago but still haven't decorated our bedroom, we just can't face having all that stuff in the lounge!! (Hubby would say there is too much but a girl can never have too much by way of craft supplies even if these are overspill from our craft space!). Enjoy every moment of it, especially crossing things off your list! There is definitely something thereaputic about lists!!! Xx

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  49. That's brilliant news congratulations! Have fun making it home and I hope you'll do plenty of progress reports on the blog!

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  50. Oh my, the choices that people make! They wallpapered over brick!? How exciting for you to find a new home and to be able to start fresh and make it yours. I know you will make it bright and beautiful.

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  51. Congratulations or as we say " onnittelut!".

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  52. Congratulations. Really looking forward to reading all about it.

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  53. How exciting, lots of planning and lists.... It's looking good xx

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  54. Congratulations, looking forward to reading more progress reports.

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  55. So happy for you , I look forward to seeing you move in and putting your mark on it...
    Amanda xx

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  56. Congratulations!!! What a wonderful house. Stressful purchase by the sounds of it, but it is well worth it to have such a great home! I hope that you love it. xx

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  57. Congratulations!! I am very, very, very excited to hear and see all about it and I hope you share it all!!

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  58. Congratulations! Let the home-making begin! We have been in our new place for 4 months and it is only now I can see light at the end of the tunnel of lists. Our house was neglected and the purchase was stressful too but I wouldn't swap it at all!!!

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  59. Congratulations! This house will look wonderful with your artistic touches! Very much looking forward to your new house photos and stories!

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  60. Brilliant news. It looks lovely, and 1968 was a very good year, the year I was born in fact.

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  61. This is so exiting! I look forward to your post named "Our home" :-)

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  62. How absolutely exciting!!!!! Congratulations! I can't wait to see what you do to make this loverly house your home.

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  63. Congratulations! I know how nail-biting the whole horrible process can be. Well done for getting through it and retaining your sanity.
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your new home.
    S x

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  64. Like what you've done so far... enjoy camping out xo

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  65. I think it looks fab and I'm very much looking forward to seeing what you get up to with it. Please do share everything, colour charts and all! I mean, I might change the wallpaper, but that flooring looks great!

    S x

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  66. Hooray and Congratulations! Look forward to seeing more of your lovely new home!

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  67. OMG, I can't wait to see this house progress. Lots of light.... big rooms..... oh the potential for you to make it brilliant and stylish......

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  68. That was crazily fast!! Lucky you and congratulations!!
    Can't wait to see more!

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  69. Oh my goodness how exciting!
    Hugs and congrats,
    Meredith

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  70. Oh, I do love a good house purchase/renovation story. We always failed the renovation part, so I will live vicariously through you. :)

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  71. Congratulations, this is so exciting... I am following your process with great interest as I think this will be part of our life in a mid-term future!

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  72. Congratulations Gillian on your exciting news. Looking forward to seeing it all come together xx

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  73. Congratulations Gillian on your exciting news. Looking forward to seeing it all come together xx

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  74. Wow congratulation my dear friend. It's so exciting and wonderful starting a new chapter in your life. I'm sure you will make this house your home in no time and I'm sure it will look nothing but wonderful. You have wonderful taste and I'm so very excited for you! Congratulations Gillian !

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  75. It looks lovely, I'm sure you will make it beautiful Lucy x

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  76. We have recently moved to Hampshire but been too busy to do much with our new home, I'll be watching your with interest! We had a homeless time in the middle too, glad you've found your home x

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  77. Wooop! Congratulations to you, happy House Warming :-) x

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  78. Congratulations on your new home. I hope you will be very happy there.

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  79. So, so happy for you!!! Please share your updates! Congratulations! *hugs* :)

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  80. fantastic, I like it! I think it will be a great backdrop for your creative projects and yes it will look great in the snow! X

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  81. Congratulations!!! I love it! Can't wait to see more. x

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  82. Wishing you and your family every good wish in your new home. Looking forward to hearing all about it here :-) xxx

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