Monday, 30 March 2009
As if life for family OTW isn't complicated enough with the new baby due soon and with trying to buy a new house in california we have also decided to buy a new home here in England as well. At least buying a house here should be an easier proposition considering building/refurbishing and renovating houses has been my main job for the last 20 years. The main reason for moving here is the fact that our present home has finally reached the state of completion that leaves me looking around longingly at other more neglected and delapidated homes. Castle OTW a large neo gothic Victorian was in rather bad shape when bought, complete with dry rot,leaking roof,flooded basement and general decay....just how I like them! Now I am looking for something a little more rural with a barn or coach house and preferably a build date of pre 1750 as I have not worked on a house of that age before and I want to expand my knowledge and skills base. Whatever I end up with I'm pretty sure that it will be rather different than the pseudo Tuscan and modern hacienda style houses I have been looking at in California. There is so much talk at the moment of prices still having x% to fall that deciding to enter the market is fraught with worries that upon purchase that perhaps a better price could have been negotiated. For me the right house is the major consideration and even though I wish to strike a good deal it is the quality of the house and the hopefully interesting work therein that I am interested in...so here we go!