We have been working our way through costs as meticulously as we can before the build actually starts. The architects estimates were way out. By a country mile.
It’s becoming clear that the only way that we can complete this project is to strip out £100k of costs, and that means a few things are sadly certain.
Firstly, that there is no way that we can afford the builders to do more than build the house. Groundworks, access road, house erection, cladding, guttering and windows. Everything else we will need to do ourselves.
Secondly, we will need to put a static caravan on the land and at some point move into it in order to finish the work. I suspect this means a Highland winter and Christmas in a caravan… 😬
Thirdly, there isn’t any chance that it will be complete as planned this year. The exterior build should be complete by the summer, but the interior will take us much longer to complete than it would with professional builders and will probably run into next year.
We will be offline whilst we finalise plans and put some things in motion.
Check in again soon!
Send warm socks!