Today we signed the purchase agreement to build our new house. Probably not momentous for some – but for us it is the first time we will get to live in a place which has never been occupied – and where we get to pick out all of the amenities! There have been a few compromises so far – nothing major. We have to get a deck on the back because of the way the lot is graded – we had not wanted a deck – but this will be fine. It won’t be very high off the ground and it will be quite large – so very usable. We also compromised on some of our ‘wish list’ for things for the inside of the house – mainly because we were just too cheap to pay the money to upgrade –which means it must not have been that important to us to begin with!
We will get to move into our new home in July – so over the next few months, we will take pictures to document the whole experience. This is a specific request of my daughter, Jenny who loves to scrapbook. She has decided that we need a ‘coffee table’ book which shows all of the details of our journey – although she really should have started with me banging my head against the walls of the ‘Choice Studio’ because there were too many selections!
We’ve had lots of opinions about our adventure – ranging from ‘what the hell is wrong with you’ to ‘wow, that is awesome!’ The ones I love are the ones who tell us we should be getting a bigger house (I’m not sure why, since we don’t have any kids at home) or that we can’t afford it (never have shared our finances, so how would they know). Of course, you always get the ones where they tell you it isn’t worth the hassle to build a new house. Or that you picked the wrong builder, the wrong lot, the wrong house, the wrong city or a host of other ‘wrongs’.
We will just continue on our merry path of madness and enjoy the ride. We know this may have crazy moments – but how boring would it be if we just lived the rest of our life in a little gray box and didn’t dare to take the journey?