Now those needs were a little long term but really revolved around my able bodied children having a quiet place to study and a space for time out from living with a disabled sibling. Then there were things like spaces that would not easily get broken and made our life easier such as an easy to clean toilet, an easily accessible place to store medication and medical supplies etc etc.
The only way we seem to be able to afford this was to buy an older house and move it to a place that was suitable to us.
So that is where our story began.
We found this lovely 1959 house just waiting to be moved off site and to a new home. Hmmmmm...we had no idea that once we decided to take this house just what a journey it would be. A journey that we really are only a small part of the way through.
Phase one was to wait for spring to arrive. Logically you can not move a house you have cut into four bits when the weather is terrible. Of course there were all those decisions regarding changes we wanted to make to we could submit it to council for planning permission. Now that was very tricky especially since we had not lived in the house and only visited it twice.
After much work were given the large package to deliver to council. Yes there I am with all that important paper work. Without it nothing can happen. The house cant go on the truck, it cant be put on the land and we wont be able to move it off its original site.
After much stress and running around the paper work came through and phase two began. The moving of the house.
We had already learnt some lessons.
- allow lots of time to council to work through the paper work.
- banks don't want to deal with old houses that are about to be moved so creative planning is required.
- patience is a virtue in may ways and this phase certainly reinforced that.
- Remember your husband (yes I love his heaps) is your partner in this and is after the same end goal.