I am in Melbourne tonight, travelling with work. I relish working away, it gives me a chance to be something other than a working mum. I am going to be honest here, I don’t love this working mum shit it is hard freaking work. The last thing I want to do after a busy day at work is make dinner, clean the kitchen and feed the family. When I work away I finish work eat in a restaurant and go back to a hotel to write, read or sleep. No obligations.
Last week we put in our plans to get our kitchen designed so that we no longer have to deal with a stinky cupboard because the sink doesn’t seal properly. We are hoping for a kitchen that actually fits rather than a modular one that doesn’t quite work. A few weekends ago we managed to strip back one of our window and fit gorgeous wooden venetians. This job took about hours because of bad workmanship so the paint. I put in a new garden down the side of our house to try and help with the water fall and dampness that happens when it rains.
Because our house is old and the previous owners did dodgy renovations, it seems there is always something else to do. The never ending job of fixing things is the story of home ownership I guess. My parents built their dream home 30 years ago, the last few years have been never ending repairs, Dad commented the other day it would be better to upgrade your house to new every 20 years to avoid the money pit that older houses become.
|Coral Homes Kitchen Yes Please!|
Last year hubby and I went searching for our dream home, we found so many we liked and one we loved. The idea of selling our old house in needs of endless repairs for a sparkly new house was very inviting. I fell in love with a house from Coral Homes that I could image my family growing up in. I love the open living areas and sectioned off parents retreats that come with the newer homes. Plus those beautiful clean fresh windows, bathrooms and tiles without cracks in them. Moving into a home with nothing to do, just move in and live life.
We crunched numbers, being accountants that’s what we do, head over heart. We realised we needed to fix up our home first before we could put it on the market. We realised that we would need to sell an investment property to fund the new home and finally we realised that our kids are growing up too quickly and leaving home. We have already had one child fly the coop and join the navy, Miss 16 only has twelve months left of school and is uncertain of her plans after that. It seemed a little silly to build our dream five bedroom, so we decided to go back to the drawing board and get something a little smaller and newer to see us through to retirement. Although I am content with our decision, part of me is secret envious when I visit friends with their beautiful new homes, especially when I am sanding and stripping paint for hours.
I still think one day we will own a beautiful new home, one just like the show homes we went through. But for now I am staying content with our new bathroom, blinds and kitchen.
Do you get caught up in materialism? Do you want a new home? Have you ever built?