Step 2: Plans!
After about a year of building the house from the ground up (on paper) we had finally tweaked, rearranged and overall gave our architect a lot to think about until we finally finished up the plans, back in October, almost exactly one year after buying our property.
October?! Why didn't she say so way back then? Yes, yes, well I was a little busy packing for America and applying for passports in between bouts of late 1st trimester puking to post but really what's the point of having those plans if you don't have permission to build?
Step 3: Permission to Build!!!
Got the email today, permission to build when we are ready!
We have already chosen a building company, as we are going the one-company-build-the whole-house-route, American style. More expensive but about 2-3 times faster which means my sanity will be saved and in the end, that's priceless. If everything goes to plan and we really work hard and not slack, we can be in the house by next summer. This is Martin's plan...our 10 year wedding anniversary and a house warming party all in one. (I'm not holding my breath but that doesn't mean we can't shoot for the moon and all that...) We may not have furniture for everyone to sit on but we will have a house to shelter them should it rain and a place for us to lay our head's once we've kicked everyone out. ;)
We can hardly wait to get started!