After many months of build-up we started 2014 by spending today viewing static caravans.
I was disproportionately excited about the whole thing despite the fact that the caravans are cold, very unglamorous and the bedrooms are tiny, because the moment we move in we will be on the way!
The caravan we have our eye on is HUGE - 35 feet by 12 feet. We need to check it fits in our garden and work out the logistics of getting it on site. We don't actually need all the space, but it turns out the smaller ones don't have double glazing or heating... and that is a sacrifice too far!
Anyway as we are now counting down to the start of our build, I thought now might be a good time for a quick Q&A...
Q. Are you demolishing your house or are you just renovating it?
We thought about demolishing it, we even got planning to, but in the end we settled for a complete remodel. We are decapitating the existing bungalow, adding a first floor, knocking two of the ground floor rooms into one and replacing (and in some cases relocating) half the windows on the ground floor and then cladding the new building.
Q. How long will it take?
The builder says 4 months, we think nearer 6! We start on March 3rd and we'd love it all to be finished by the end of August when Theo turns 3, though even then I suspect there will be a lot of finishing work to keep us (as a couple) going for several months.
Q. Why the caravan?
When the build starts, only one bedroom, the kitchen and bathroom will be left untouched and we will need some of that space to store our furniture (and everything that's currently in the loft!) Our isolated rural location means we need to stay on site for security too.
Any other questions? If so, just leave a comment and I'll update this post with answers...