Yeah, I know there’s not been any updates in here for a little while. About 18 months to be precise and I have a good reason for that, honestly I do. The main one is that since then, I’ve become a part-owner of a house in East London (the secondary one was that my job became crazily time-consuming, so much so that that when I lost it in December 2012, I was actually pretty relived; its replacement is much calmer by comparison).
Here’s the summary; I made lots of crazy promises to my other half about how it wasn’t that complicated to do a home renovation and should we find the right place, we could easily do it up ourselves. Then the right place came onto the market, so we bought it. Of course, because of those crazy promises it was pretty much derelict.
7 months have passed since we sat on the floor of the then empty, cold smelly and unlit house on the day we completed the purchase. There was no running water, no power and the signs were there that there had been a recent attempt to break in. We didn’t really know the neighbourhood – aside from our compulsive walkinga bout the area prior to making an offer – and for a moment, we both had that ‘oh shit’ thought. What have we done?
I’m tapping this post into the laptop at the kitchen table. Around me I can see what is beginning to resemble an actual house. One that we’re even fine to let people come and visit. We’re probably at the 50% mark in turning if from a wreck into a completed home, with luck by the time the anniversary of purchase come around in May ’14, we’ll be down to just the snagging lists of all those small jobs we put off to get the chunky jobs complete.
The purpose of writing this post – as well as those to come – is not to show off. OK, well maybe a bit of showing off, but more to demonstrate that you can, as a low-skilled DIY-er on a tight budget, take on a run-down property and turn it into a liveable home. That moving into a massively unfashionable part of a big city isn’t scary and y’know the whole thing can actually become something of which you can look back at with a sense of pride (even if you know where every imperfection in your work lies).