Or at least, we want to,are going to, all our hopes and dreams lie with the banks.
I’ve been a renter since I left home and studied. My husband, Henk, and I have never owned property. If we found something we liked, we couldn’t afford it, and if we could then we didn’t like it.
So when we moved out of the city to a small town, we knew it was now or never to own our home. We compared prices and found that it actually works out cheaper to build. We found a cute little corner property in the next town, the price was right, and it’s close to the in-laws’ house in town when not on the farm.
Then the hunt for a house plan started. Of course I built every option we found in Sims3😉
Henk bought a book on different plans and we tried our hand at drafting.
Meanwhile I was assigned to get most of our paperwork ready and get the original property dimensions. Daunting search and all. We learned that the town’s sidewalks are super wide, and the municipality is entitled to a fat chunk of our corner for e.g. putting up road signs. *sigh*
Most (read all) of my house plans had to be redesigned to fit the much smaller space. Henk drafted a plan in autocad and ours draughtsman managed to fit a 3 bedroom, double garage and braai area with room for a decent garden. (I’m leaving out the schlep of ensuring the pipes are on the same side, and considering the slope, where North is, the best view etc.)
After paying a penalty for our driveway and waiting 6 weeks, our plans were approved. Yesterday Henk met with a builder to discuss our options and a quote.
The ball is rolling. I’ll post more updates about our building escapades.