One year on...

Today it has been a year since we started the journey to build our home. It was exactly one year ago that we signed the contract with Myresjöhus to for building our house.

Since then it has been an adventure with planning the houseroadblockshunting for a cheaper apartment to save some money, handling the budget, long trip to HTH in Jönköping for the kitchen and creating loving and funny memories along the way.

The journey is not yet over, but we are close. Soon it will be time for the pre-inspection and final inspection. Until then we shall cherish the anxious waiting time as we see the house getting completed step by step to become our dream home.
Painting work inside the house shall start now.

The final date is set...

It has been a busy month. Many brain storming sessions on what furniture to buy, which color curtains we should have, where should the dining table be placed, etc..etc... I think these things can never be settled. I have some ideas and Ana has almost always contradicting views and ideas on these things.
Rectangular White table with white chairs

Rectangular White table with black chairs

Square table with wooden finish and chairs

But in the middle of all this, we got a pleasant surprise. We received an email with the date for the pre-inspection and final inspection of the house. The kontrollbesiktning (Swedish for pre-inspection) is booked for 29th November and slutbesiktning (Swedish for final inspection) will be on 7th of December. Like I mentioned earlier, the Sewdes are very punctual in these matters. They stick to the timeline promised. Now I have also added the count-down timer on the right hand side of this blog.

The day of the final inspection is also the day we get the keys for our house. YAY!! Which also means that now I have to compromise on my ideas on the arrangement inside the house and let Ana decide on it so that at least everything is in place before Christmas.

Well, almost everything. We still have to do the painting of the house, get the garden grass in place, put up a nice deck outside the house, put some hedge along the wall, outdoor lightning, etc.. etc...
But you know what, all that can wait OR rather has to wait until spring. The weather is now cold and windy with intermittent rains, and soon there will be snow. Which means it is not a suitable time for the grass/plants to grow and not a good time to paint the house either.

So we will take it easy on that part and just move into the house and make it ready from the inside at least for the Christmas. May be I will also try to put the outdoor lamps, which I think will be nice given that now the days are getting shorter.

In the meanwhile we continue waiting and watching the house from the outside.

The house is shaping up!

As the work on the inside of the house continues, the actual shape and size of the house starts to appear. Last couple of weeks the guys have been working hard on building the inner walls of the house.


While all is going according to the plan on the inside of the house, there have been some minor obstacles encountered on the outside of the house as well. The entrance of the house has hit a roadblock. The drain-pipe coming down from the roof of the house and going under the ground is placed just at the corner where the concrete slab for entrance step has to be placed.

Now the ground works contractor has to fix this issue by digging a little deeper and placing the drain-pipe a bit more lower. That will now be done in the coming week and after that the entrance steps will be placed.

Other small problem is that we cannot put the grass on the outside of the house, yet. It will now have to wait until spring next year. As autumn has already started now, the evenings and nights are becoming colder and colder and days are getting shorter. This is not an ideal condition for the grass to grow. And even if we plan to put grass now, we cannot due to the fact that the guys working on the house need some space outside to put the materials and tools. So right now the ground is not really empty to do anything.

So instead of focusing on things that cannot be done now and which are not in our control, we are focusing on other things like planning the outdoor lightning. As the work is still on going, we asked the carpenter and the electrician to make some points available on the outer walls of the house where we could put external lamps. If we have to do this work after the house is ready, it will be double work and too much wear and tear.

Now that we have already got the week number (not a fixed date yet) when we can move into the house, we have started to look for some furniture. Right now we are living in an apartment and don't really have much furniture. So after we move into the house, we will need to have some furniture, or else the house will look very empty. So right now we are just hopping around different stores to see what we should buy and get some inspiration on how we should decorate our house.