So, What's All This About, Then?
Living in London is expensive. Very expensive. We might not be Tokyo yet, but it seems to be heading in that direction.
Our student loans are being stretched, the job market is only just starting to recover, and the more each of us spends on rent, the less we have to save for a proper place we can call our own. When we finally head to the bank and ask for a mortgage, we are priced out of the running by buy-to-let investors with their eyes on the long term profit. It all looks a bit bleak, really, so now seems like as good a time as any to try something new.
The project is ambitious. I'm not rich, I'm not an architect or engineer, and I've certainly never built a house before. It might all go horribly wrong, but that's a risk that I will just have to take. I would love nothing more than for this to succeed, and I'm going to do everything I possibly can to make that happen. If I can manage it, anyone can.
I'll be publishing my experiences as the project progresses, from planning to purchasing to building. Hopefully I'll be able to save others from making my mistakes, and in the mean time provide a plan for a cheap house that anyone can drop into place on an otherwise useless little strip of land, and be genuinely proud of.