The next step in my move to Norwich plan is to find the perfectly perfect home. It has to be in excellent condition when it is bought, and I will be living there for years and years and years, so I have to get it right.
And I get to choose it. Choice is weird. Also new.
I am hoping to get a house with as few neighbour-walls as possible.
There's a lovely looking new build detached house, but it is 1.5 miles walk from the library, and the library is my reference point for places I want to be able to get to. It is not an easy walk with green man crossings everywhere neither. I mean, there's an easy looking version, with a bike path and no cars at all, but apparently it is not a good idea to use nice looking leafy walking places that aren't all houses on all sides, because danger. Which is sad.
But closest to the library there are only apartments, and I'm not enthused. I've had many many neighbours. With one front door between us. This seems to result in shouting, crunching, weird noises at three in the morning, and sometimes fire. It is possible apartments that cost more money are less problematic, but I don't think I want to risk it. Also I don't think living above a restaurant is a great plan, which actually rules out a bunch of places. Also I am not enamoured of the idea of living in the mall. I'm sure it has many nice features, but not so much as a residence.
So somewhere between 0.5 and 1 miles from the library there are usually a couple dozen houses listed, so there's probably one of them that I'd quite like. They're mostly terraced houses and they're all on a very similar plan. I'm looking for a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom place, second WC optional but nice as long as its not directly attached to the kitchen, upstairs rooms all off a corridor not just each other. I have logics for these requirements, like, who puts a toilet on the kitchen? That's just not nice. And given my random sleeping hours it's not very helpful to have anyone need to go through a bedroom to get to the bathroom, so en-suite is no good. Even though the second bedroom is for an entirely hypothetical person. If it was just going to be my study then it wouldn't matter, but there's rules to do with the funding, so it's for an imaginary person instead.
A lot of places seem to consider things features that I think of as bugs. Like en-suite bathrooms, they're really keen on them. Or balconies. I do not want a balcony. Or most places are much keener on windows than I am. I want plenty of wall to put bookshelves on, not windows to have to cover with blackout blinds. Similar problem with fireplaces, they're all 'period features' and I just see somewhere that is still not books. I also do not need parking, and actively do not want to be above a garage again, on account of crashing, crime and fires. And having a garden would mean having an ongoing maintenance problem I'm allergic to. Mum says it can be covered over but that seems to be missing the point a bit.
There are things that can make a house not be worth as much, like, neighbourhood of crimes, or being on a flood plain, both of which there's maps for. There could be ick like bugs or rats or something, that needs checking, but there's not a map for that. Or there could be knotweed in the garden, I was reading about Japanese knotweed and how it wrecks everything and you can't get a mortgage on places with that stuff around. There's probably other things. What needs checking?
... I really like the look of the 2 bed detached place.
... so I guess I want that, only about a mile closer to the library, in one of the bits with much less crimes and of a nicer nature.
Once I get a place I'd like to get furniture. Debenhams satellite
stuff seems nice; the best looking bed
is on sale at the moment and if I could figure out a place to store it I'd probably buy it. It is not perfect though, with the pointy sticking out corners. I will need to buy a bed though, mine won't manage the move. Habitat Fleur
has drawers with some pretty handles. And Ercol
has much very swish stuff, especially bits of the Artisan, Romana, Chiltern Bow and Pimlico sets. I reckon the different sets could mostly mix and match.
John Lewis Stride
range has similarities but I don't think I like it quite as much. But their Burford
table has stayed my favourite for a while now, and they have a nice range of fabrics for upholstering dining room chairs that includes rainbow stripes on white.
I'm going to be saving up for this stuff a bit at a time for pretty much forever, if I decide to really go for the new furniture plan.
I would like a house that can fit in a new bed and new table and six chairs. And a lot of bookshelves. A LOT of bookshelves. Also some shelves.
But I also need
to be able to walk to many more interesting places. So, location probably beats having lots of room. Probably.