A house that is never big enough

When life was simple and all we needed was a little 2 bed bungalow, our fist house, just me and my partner.

If I rewind back a bit to give you a little background story.

I bought my first house when I was only 19 years old, a little bungalow in the centre of a old pit village, It really was a perfect house for us, and a brilliant first home. So much room for the 2 of us – two much room if the truth was known, moving house wasn’t even a thought back then.

We brought our first baby home not long after moving in and we called him Marley, yes like the film – Not my decision to name our puppy after the film, 18 months later we were expecting our first child.

All was great for the first 6 months but it seemed this bungalow that had all the room we needed in fact it didn’t have much room at all.

We lived in this house for nearly 2 years until we found another house for sale, a bigger house in a much nicer estate, a more family oriented street. We made an offer that was accepted and then we sold our little bungalow within a week of putting it up for sale.

When we first moved in our first house we didn’t have anything to move, but now we have a house full of stuff, all room filled up, after searching online I found a great removal service for a very good price and I didn’t even have to do any lifting

Not long after we moved to the new house guess what happened – yes thats right we found out we were excepting baby number 2..

Now we were living in a three bedroom house but the more baby items we were buying the less room we seemed to have, the house was a good size and felt very roomy for the two of us but when the baby came along for some reason it felt very cramped, It was like our little family had ben squeezed into this tiny house, however it was time to make a decision – extend or sell.

We had a few builders out to have a look but the price just f0r the building work was upwards of £30,000 which we just couldn’t afford, not without loosing our profits from the house.

Do you feel like this in your current home? what did you do to combat the space?

In our house in nearly every room was stuff, just loads of stuff. I had to loose my man cave to store baby stuff, my man cave was turned into a nursery, our spare room was a dressing room and a spare room for my nephew then there was our bedroom. Downstairs was full as well, in nearly every corner was some sort of device, baby swing, nappy changing centre.

The decision was made for us really, Put put the house up for sale again, we had a good 2 years in the house, we loved the neighbours we loved the area and the street, everything about it, but it was just the right time.

We have some of the best memories here and they will not be forgotten, Me and Zach loved playing in the garden, memories I hope stick with him.

This is the house where Zach had his very first birthday.

The house sold for a hefty profit and we had a so much money we waned to invest into a good sized forever home. There was a new build down the road from us that was building 4 bedroom detached houses so we went and had a look and walked away with a sale but the houses weren’t ready to move in so we had to wait a few months.

Because we had sold our house and our new one wasn’t ready we had to look for  removal companies, but we needed one that could store our stuff for at least 6 months, as this was our time frame for the new house.

 

We have now been living in this house for 2 years gone August and a lot has happened in that time, Zach  has turned 4 we have a second child and is now 18 months old We now have a house full of toys, 2 bedrooms in fact and we have turned our front room into a playroom (more on this to come).

And guess what?

We feel like this house is just too small or we are running out of room. but rather than thinking of moving. This year we are going to fully re decorate the house, new furniture, and have a full de clutter. I CANT WAIT!

 

Can you relate to this? Children just come with so much baggage it takes over your entire home.

 

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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