Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Getting down to the nitty gritty...

We are not far from being at the "lock up" stage at our new home. I have not stressed at all over the process whilst our builder has been in charge. In a few weeks, we shall take over organising all of the sub trades to finish off, then the stress will begin...or has it begun already?
The answer is "Yes". The tossing and turning trying to go to sleep at night is all too frequent.
We have had many discussions as to what comes first, do we have everyone organised as soon as the builder has finished his part, are we organised? I think so. But then come the "little but huge" decisions....what paint colours, heating, what taps are we going to have, the flooring, carpets, kitchen, bathrooms.......of course the list is endless.
We went to see about having the kitchen done yesterday so we shall just wait for the quote now. I'm a little scared!!!
We priced bathroom "stuff" on the weekend and that scared the pants off me too...I'm now searching on ebay! The ridiculous prices you can pay for a set of taps is incredible. I found the same ones we liked, at the shop here, on ebay for half the price and free postage. Now, when people say "buy local" I say, if you can do it for half the price then OK, but they don't.
We have exactly 3 1/2 months to move as we sold our house last week and we have a settlement date of October 5th. I am so relieved that everything regarding the sale of our house is nearly finalised. It is one stress off my mind!
Kathryn. XX

15 comments:

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Well done Kathryn.
Great to hear one big part of the moving process is over...Selling your house!
It is astounding the costs involved but with mUch research it is amazing also what bargains can be had too!
All the best with it all...

CurlyPops said...

Congrats on the house sale. It's so exciting and nerve racking to be able to choose all of the fixtures and fittings.

Shiree said...

Hi Kathryn,
great to get thru each stage huh.It will be over one day, and you will laugh about some of the trials and tribulations. Some say the glass is half full, some say is is half empty (I'm a half full gal myself!), and the engineer would say that the lass is just the wrong damn size... I am sure that you will be really happy when you move in.

Shiree said...

oops meant glass not lass...

abeachcottage said...

it all just cost so much, exciting though

good luck...

Sarah

Jodie said...

Very exciting shabby, just think...every step is one step closer to that sewing room...

Antique Rose Designs said...

Hi Kathryn the house is looking nice. I know how you feel been there done that not long ago and it is very stressful. My advice is take your time to decide on what you want in the house you will know when it's right. Took me forever to decide on the final plans for the kitchen which held everyone up but I'm glad now that I did take my time because the first choice would have been a disaster. Have fun and all the best. Carol

Julia said...

I can imagine your stress.. We've never built a house, but when we moved into this one we ripped out, tore up and redid nearly everything!! Well, not everything. We still have things we want to do and we've been here 7 years!
Your house is beautiful!!! As our preacher said a couple of weeks ago, "You get things done best by taking one step at a time instead of trying to get the end in a leap!" That's not exactly what he said, but it's what he meant, I think. It's what I got out of it.

Tulip~Rose Quilt Shoppe said...

Congratulations on the sale of your house!...I know around here that sometimes houses dont sell as quickly as you want them to!.... don't stress about the small stuff..it will all fall into place and you will find that once you take the first step it will be fine....I would be shopping on eBay too for cheaper items! More money left over for fabric!!!!

Glenda xxx

marie said...

So happy to hear that you sold the current house! You all must be so excited!
I bet the boys are full of plans for their new home. : )

I'll be praying that all goes smoothly in the days/weeks ahead. The house looks fabulous and I'm sure you will make perfect choices on everything! Just remember to have fun with it ~ as much as you possible can!

SG said...

Congrats on the sale! You have to think about all the stress and work of building a new house and moving as little fun bits of your family history...

Kerryanne English said...

Congratulations on selling your house Kathryn. As scary as it all is, it is very special being able to build your own home. At least you will love all the fittings and colours in your house.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

You are very fortunate to be able to do some of the subbing yourself. We just got a price from a contractor, and decided that we cannot afford to build a house (even on our own property that we have owned for many years). It is a very sad day :-(

Enjoy your home, you will have many years in it.

A-M said...

Yes the prices are scarey. I don't know how different things are, over your way, to Australia but I just 'asked' for trade prices for everything. I just walked into the commercial division of everywhere and acted very commercial! I handed over my online business (ABN) and it was AMAZING what I saved..... minimum 30% off everything.... 50% off my Ilve stove... trade price plus floor stock discount! The good thing is, I know who to go to next time. My mantra for building a house "just ask" Good luck! A-M xx

Noémia said...

Yes, I understand you very well because I've passed for the same process that you, with my farm, not long ago. It's exciting but also scared.:)