Our home journey so far

Hello lovely people!

If you’re reading this and know us personally, then you’ll know that we’ve been waiting for what feels like a lifetime to move into our own home.

In October 2015, we officially signed the papers for a home loan with Bank of Valletta after having settled on an ‘On Plan’ property.

Buying on plan takes a lot of imagination and a bit of luck and positivity that everything will turn out alright in the end! We had the approved developer plans on paper along with plenty of ideas of how we wanted our apartment to look. My Pinterest profile has been particularly busy over the past two years whilst I dreamt up every nook and cranny of our future home. It’s honestly been the most difficult project of my life and there have been plenty of times where I have just wanted to throw away the towel so that we could follow our other dreams.

If you’ve ever wanted to test your relationship with another human being then buying an on plan home is the way to do it. We’ve argued about what seems like the most trivial of things such as plug sockets to slightly more aesthetic issues like tiles (I’m pretty sure I remember a moment of standing outside the bathroom store in tears.)

Alas! It’s now 2018 and we’re on the verge of feeling comfortable enough to call ourselves home owners. Finally. My estimate is that by the end of February we’ll be moving in and we can’t wait!

Over the years, I’ve been collecting photos showing our home owner journey so without further ado I bring you our home from it’s very humble beginnings!

2015

On plan property development

The start of something new.

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2016

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The left side is up! Our apartment is on the right which naturally means it will be the last to be built.

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My niece sneaking a peak.

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2017

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What will be our open plan kitchen/living area.

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Master bedroom with ensuite in the works.

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This looks a heck of a lot less scary when there are railings. Funnily it also appears wide now.

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Lloyd being Lloyd.

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One of our many Sunday trips to check the progress.

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The builders left a mess wherever they went (and didn’t tidy up any of it).

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Our front door!

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Although the pole wasn’t obstructing our view, I’m happy to say that it was finally removed last week.

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Applying for our electricity and water at ARMS. We needed SO many documents, it was a stressful time but luckily I had everything in order first time round.

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2018

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First delivery! Also an added stress was that our items were in storage for nearly six months with a deposit placed. I was so worried that they wouldn’t hold them for longer and that we’d lose the products. Top Choice have been amazing!

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Shopping for supplies!

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My super Dad deliberating over scrapers.

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The (what seemed like) infinite process of removing the paint and plaster from the tiles. Still an ongoing job at the point of writing this.

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I have never looked better.

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Kitchen day!

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Our beautiful kitchen. Not finished yet but we’re on our way.

Phew! That was a long post but it’s so amazing to look back on how far we’ve come. I haven’t shared some of the awful work that was done on our place but I may do that on another post because I think it’s important to make informed decisions before choosing a developer and all that comes with it.