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Old 6 Nov 20, 12:48 PM  
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Are we crazy? Moving house

So we have sold subject to contract our huge 5 bed high spec house we moved into last year, and yesterday put an offer in on a 0.3 acre plot of land with PP

Will have nowhere to live when we move there, so all our stuff in storage and we will have to live in a static caravan on site whilst building work is being done.

Saying that, I am so excited - it's a much better location and plot than we currently have and we can tinker with the house design to make it perfect for us. I have ALWAYS wanted to self build and if we don't do it whilst we are young + childfree, we might never get another chance.

We haven't even told our family yet as they will think we are mad. Are we?
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Old 6 Nov 20, 12:52 PM  
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i dont think so

clearly werent happy in your current home? so crack on

personally i couldnt live in a caravan ( 5 beds to a caravan how many people ? ) but thats just me...
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Old 6 Nov 20, 12:59 PM  
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No you arenít mad at all.

Iíve always wanted to do this, my DH wonít consider it and to be fair our children are at exam stage so wouldnít be fair to all live in tight quarters. Iím sure there will be times when you wonder why you did it but it will all come right in the end.

For what it is worth we moved out into the countryside at the end of May. That had always been our long term aim, we really wish we had taken the plunge before. Least you wonít have regrets and as you say the best time to do it is when child free.

How exciting! You will have to keep us updated.
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Old 6 Nov 20, 01:03 PM  
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No not at all - if this year has taught us anything is that we must follow our dreams without delay
I moved home a couple of weeks ago - not sure what to do with my old place (left it empty as i decide) but moved to a new place in a new area of London for me to see if I want to settle here (giving myself 2 years) some may think I am mad, sad and weird for doing it at this time but I am happy and following my dream of living in a village within Central London and near my closest friends - I have no regrets and neither should you
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Have you told Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs, would love to see it being built 🤗
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Absolutely not friends did the same and have a beautiful home
One of our sons bought a derelict farm stealing they lived in the tiny dairy one room for 18 months it was the only place wind and water tight
They have an amazing home a mix of salvaged traditional features and building with all the modern needs for living
Go for it just have a big enough reserve over your original budget they had 20% and came in just under that reserve in the end
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It's the two of us, although this house was going to be our family home hence it's a bit too big for us at the moment! We love this house but the plot + location isn't right for us. We thought we could compromise when we bought the house but it's turned out it's a bigger compromise than we thought. You live & learn! At least we never got around to buying the extra furniture to fill this place - guess in the back of our minds we didn't want to spend on the house as we had niggles it wasn't right for us.

Just got to hope the process runs smoothly - the first hurdle will be completing and moving in this current climate.

I said to my other half, under no circumstances should we dip into our holiday savings to fund the build, after living in a caravan for months we will 100% need a holiday!
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The thought of living in a caravan fills me with dread, but building your own house will more than make up for it I'm sure. What kind of house will it be, how many bedrooms? Have you got all the drawings? How exciting!
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Where abouts will your house be ? In the south I could see myself in a caravan but not in the cold north. Its very exciting though ! Id love a Huff house myself
Good luck !
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Please keep us updated. I would love to see how it progresses along. Good luck! I think itís great and if I was in your position would do it. 🥰
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