Emily Rollings

We Bought a House!

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And it is a project to say the least. Of all the things on my 100 things the one that felt most out of my hands was this one, cause lets be honest these things are. So it's quite funny that with four months to go and at least 40 things left to complete, that this one happened so organically. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the coming months treat us as kindly as the buying process did.

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When Dan and I first decided that we wanted to settle in Berkhamsted we always had it in our head that we would buy a project. Neither of us are the 'live in someone else's creation' kind of people and both of us love getting stuck into a challenge. The problem was that Berkhamsted is the kind of town where people have been doing up houses for a while and it became clear how few and far between these opportunities where, not to mention sought after. So we resigned ourselves to the fact that it was enough to live in the town we love and that maybe a project was something for the future.

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To say we hadn't really got stuck into the searching process is a bit of an understatement. We weren't really sure whether we were financially ready and our lease wasn't up for six months so we hadn't really registered with estate agents. I think we had viewed four houses. I was obviously keeping my eyes peeled and eight weeks ago tomorrow, whilst waiting for a train I had a little browse online and found this total project on one of our favourite streets, in our price range (just). In fact a street that we had always talked about living on but assumed we couldn't afford. We viewed it two days later, loved it and due to our flexible situation got it.

The whirlwind six-week conveyancing process flew by and so here we our a little bit in shock that this time two months ago we had no idea what was just around the corner. We got the keys last Thursday and have been a few times to get the measure of things.

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As you can see there is a lot of work to do, including some building work (hopefully starting in January) and even more for us to do. I'll bring you along for the ride and hopefully share updates, photos and inspiration as we go.

P.S. Apologies for the awful state of the photos; we arrived yesterday, me to photograph the house in it's original state, Dan to start pulling it apart, only to realise that there was no memory card in the camera. So these were all taken on my iPhone and I had my tail between my legs after having been so adamant that very morning that I do, despite Dan's protestations, 'respect the kit'. Oops!