Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Building a house in Poland: Frustration

Here is where we are now...


and here is where we were a month ago...


If you're thinkin' they look similar, you'd be correct. Because they are similar, the exact same in fact. And no, here in Poland, foundations do not have to sit for a whole month before you can build on them.

Banks, man. Banks.


I'm not going to go into detail. It's been a long and arduous task, compiling all the paperwork, submitting all the forms, translations and more translation, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting..... and waiting. Martin, to be more specific, has been doing all of this, on top of his other, real job, which actually makes the money so we can even have what you see up there in those photos.

And we didn't start this process a month ago, no ma'am, we started it almost 6 months ago.

Don't. even. ask.

I know all the arguments about how Poland weathered the worldwide recession by being fiscally conservative and blah, blah, bah... but c'mon, man.


We just want some money. That's all. Just some money.


  1. That's a good looking slab though! And the view from the dirt pile is tremendous...

  2. Your house will probably require a lot of deep breaths and counting to 10. Our original crew didn't put in the ventilation shaft for the toilet so our whole house smelled like sewer until we figured it out. They also switched the hot and cold water in the whole house including in the toilet. Now our completely "impregnated" house has woodworm. Deep breaths, deep breaths.

  3. O -- it's frustrating ... but it's not any better in the United States -- everything's going up except paychecks, mortgages are harder to come by. You could look at the bright side -- you have a beautiful playscape for now for the kidlets... and you could buy a couple tents and "camp" there (at least the ground is flat?) ...bring in some potted trees, to give a "foresty" effect. I wish there was something any of us could do to make it easier for you -- but it's really not any better in the United States.

  4. I hope it will be better soon. I'm looking forward to see how your walls growing.