Posts tagged ‘FTB’
We like a nice homely shed here at Winging It, but we’re also partial to a bit of upmarket architectural eye-candy, so imagine our delight when we discovered that some genius has created a super cool, Kevin McCloud approved … shed for living!
We haven’t been this thrilled by a design ‘solution’ since eglu applied a bit of i-Mac styling to the humble chicken coop. Could it really live up to our fevered expectations?
And, more to the point, could it live up to its own billing as “individual low-cost student or key-worker accommodation, or an ideal house for a first-time buyer”?
Said shed, or dwelle, as designers FKDA architects have branded it, is zero carbon, off-grid, and cleverly compact.
It has underfloor heating, a wood-burning fireplace, newspaper insulation (Guardian, I’m guessing!) and a streamlined barn conversion aesthetic. It looks like this:
I think it’s pretty cool, and at £35,000-£50,000 for the largest version, you can’t really quibble about the price – even if, as we all well know, the biggest problem with this will be finding an affordable site to put it on.
Still, hats off to FKDA for an imaginative and good-looking response to the plight of the FTB. And well done to Grand Designs Live for showcasing it this weekend.
If you want to take a closer look, go see dwelle at Grand Designs Live, Birmingham, where it will feature alongside a couple of other very cool eco- and micro-homes in the Grand Village.
Something very strange has happened, a huge reversal of fortunes, a massive volte-face by the missus – we are, after all, going for a flat.
It may have looked like I had lost this particular discussion – but not so.
Thanks to a flash of genius, and to ensure that my involvement in the physical move was kept to the absolute minimum, I suggested that we put an offer in for the flat we currently rent.
I’d imagine that the most stressful element of moving house is packing. Followed closely by unpacking and putting everything in the right place, which I’m convinced I’ll be incapable of doing and I know Ruth would agree.
I’m really struggling to find a downside. We know the area really well, get on with our neighbours, know what the property is worth and are both genuinely happy where we are.
So we made an offer. Which was refused
The impression we get from our agent is that there’s room to haggle, which is nice of him as he’s not paying a penny. But I have to say that he’s been a great help.
Having two people buying a property together isn’t any easier when you’re both purchasing for the first time. In some cases, it could be seen as being even harder…
Hypothetically speaking, it is perhaps a natural inclination when you buy a home to think of the improvements that can be made; very prudently increasing the value. But where does this stop!
We live in the place already but that hasn’t stopped us talking about a new kitchen, carpets throughout and cutting down on clutter – which normally means my Rothmans Football Annuals 1986 – 1992 ending up in the recycling bin. But this is all hypothetical mind…
What is special about buying with your partner is being able to share these conversations with someone who has just as big an interest. So I’m enjoying planning what we’re going to do although slightly aware that we may be getting ahead of ourselves.
But with our agent’s advice we’ve increased the offer and are awaiting the vendor’s decision, although he’s pretty confident we’ll get the thumbs up. Exciting times.
Here’s to hoping my new found good luck doesn’t run out soon.