Tag: houses

On having a space to myself

“I’m gonna buy me a caravan” are words I never thought I’d here myself think, never mind say. But that’s exactly what I’m considering doing. Why? It’s all about having a space to myself. :p

The housing market in England, as you may or may not know, is a little crazy at the moment. House prices are at an all-time high and (in my opinion) most houses are vastly overpriced. The chances of Hannah, Ben and I, therefore, getting a 3 bedroomed house with a study in a decent area for the amount we can afford are nigh-on zero.

(click to enlarge)

Which is where the caravan comes in. We’re not talking your common-or-garden caravan here. Oh no. The advert above (found serendipitiously in the magazine of The Guardian, which I hardly ever buy) includes a competition to win an Airstream trailer. This brought back memories of Kathy Sierra’s blog post back in 2006 about productivity and happiness. Within that post, she showed her readers her Airstream and waxed lyrical about how wonderful it was:

Finally, after two years of looking (and saving), I found and bought a vintage 1966 (recently restored) 23-foot Silver Streak trailer. (Silver Streak is a “fork” of the original Airstream.) This is my new baby, with my dog Clover in the doorway:

And it’s perfect. It’s parked exactly two feet away from the side of the house (a house I share with my horse trainer and his wife), and the wifi from the house works beautifully. I haven’t felt this good working in years.

I don’t think I need a 23-footer. We’re unlikely to have the space on the drive of our next house – if we even have a drive – to accommodate such a behemoth. I think they do smaller ones, but even so I’d better get saving

Whilst I love my family to bits and enjoy very much the time I spend with them, I have to be able to spend time on my own. How else would I be able to churn out these blog posts? 😉

We’ve sold!

House soldWe actually sold our house last Monday (10th March) but it feels a lot more real today. Firstly, because I had to take the huge pile of forms you have to fill in, proof of ID and our 56-page HIP (Home Information Pack) to the solicitors today. Secondly, because when I returned home today I was greeted by the sign to the left.

Where are we moving to? Don’t know! We’re probably going to rent for a year to see how things go financially. We’d love to be in a situation where Hannah doesn’t have to work and we can afford a house with a big enough (enclosed) garden for Ben to mess about in. I’m also going to really miss my study in the converted attic unless we find something similar.

Overall, I’m very pleased with how the house-selling went. We’ll have made about a 20% profit when all’s said-and-done. We had an offer before we even had the house on the market and then in 5 weeks we had 6 couples visiting 9 times making an additional 3 offers. Perhaps it’s time for us to give up teaching to become property developers… 😉