Five years. That’s how many years we have been scouting around for a ‘new’ abode. It was not an easy quest, especially so, when both my other half and I work full time during weekdays and coming home each evening parenting our two boys at the same time. Exhausting. Debilitating. The only reason why we wanted to move out from our former abode was because the 3-bedroom apartment became too teeny-weeny. We are not Lilliputians, I’m afraid. LOL!
We pictured a house with a good sized garden, not too far from the city centre, the school, college, university, a garage for a second car, a veranda, and yet we could sit back and relax in tranquility. Tall order, innit?
We have viewed, not a few, but a zillion houses in the past five years, but most, if not all, were missing some of our prerequisites.
We’re 5 years older now and getting way too tired with our search, hence, we trimmed down some of our criterion.
We finally found our house. It’s not a castle, but one that we can call home sweet home.
If you have read my previous post Of Walnuts and Cups from the US of A, I mentioned we moved into our present house 3 months ago, where I introduced our walnut tree:-D
This house has most of the criterion, except for the missing extra garage and a veranda:-(
That’s it! Let’s go for the veranda project!
The Right Spot
Here’s a picture of the back façade of our house, where the family mutually agreed the veranda would look extremely stunning standing there.
Why a veranda? Because a veranda provides that extra space where we can enjoy our garden all season round. As someone once said, “A beautiful veranda is an oasis of light and peace… a natural transition between the house and the garden”, so there!
Enough said, we flipped through the catalogue and found what we wanted. The choice was endless.
Putting our plan into action
We visited a few showrooms and finally found one that we thought stood out amongst the rest. That was in August last year. We signed the contract with the Builder in October. There were a few documents to be filled in prior to our appointment with our local Municipal Planning Department for a building permit. We received the green light. Yay!
We made our first down payment end of January this year, while work on the veranda had not even started! The builders would only start with the groundwork end of March! Call us stupid, but, unfortunately, that’s the name of the game.
A Gruesome Discovery
Before the veranda contractor could start with the groundwork, we had to clear the surrounding area and make space in close vicinity of our would-be veranda.
Our absolute main task was to remove the flowerbed which was definitely in the way of the setting up of the underground water pipe.
This was the picture of the flowerbed that had to go!
My husband singlehandedly cleared the entire flowerbed, leaving only the two trunks jutting out from the ground. Anyway, it was more than enough work for him that day, or rather, that evening, and he said he would continue the next day.
The following day, the digging continued. We could not believe what lay beneath, what seemed to look like a giant octopus!
Our finding became more gruesome when we discovered there was not one monster of an “octopus” but two!
By the way, our target deadline is Thursday, 5th April. Now tell me, how can we pull off from this unnerving scenario? I’m totally and utterly gutted!
As I write this post, we haven’t got a clue! This is serious real time sharing….
To be continued…..