Moving Home and Other Updates

Folks following me on Instagram probably know that we recently moved house. Two years ago, we opted to build our own house because:

  1. We thought we could do it cheaper.
  2. We would have complete creative control.

Two years, many delays, and a lot of hard work and sleepless nights later, we have finally moved in. Thinking back, did we make the right decision to go it on our own, with minimal support from the architect? The honest answer is I am not very sure. Sure, we managed to keep complete creative control and managed to whittle down the cost of things, but we spent a heck of a lot of time on it, and considering we are two working people with small kids to take care of as well, you can imagine the pressure. You also definitely need to bone up a lot on house building stuff if you don’t want to get cheated by the contractors. We ended up spending a lot of time on research and learning.

Anyways, we are now somewhat settled…still living out of boxes, but at least we have a reasonable idea of what’s in which box, so we can dig it out :).

I wish I had a lot of fun and exciting things to say about our house moving, but really we just about managed to survive it. I used the move as an opportunity to clean up home and get rid of a lot of clutter that had spread through our house. My goodness, I think I threw whole cartons filled with random scribblings, old plastics, broken toys, and just stuff. It really felt like a fresh start. Nothing, I say nothing makes things feel new like getting rid of old, outdated baggage.

Here’s a pic of the mess that was our house during the move:

Moving mess

Moving mess

That’s not to say that we didn’t find some gems hidden. I love this old artwork that the snubnose had done (I think during her K1 or K2 days), and I can’t believe that it had just drifted into some random box. The movers were about to use it as wrapping paper before I spotted them and salvaged this one.

An Old Artwork by the Snubnose

An Old Artwork by the Snubnose

Our new house is still a work-in-progress (not major things)…mostly woodwork and plumbing, and some much-needed baby proofing to make sure the piglet does not get into places he has no business to be in. Right now, piglet is at the friskiest stage (14 months), and he not only wants to get into everything, he’s strong enough to ram his way through if access is blocked. Within a day of moving into our new place, he had learnt to climb the stairs and he’s been climbing up and down ever since. Our existing baby gates from our old apartment are not wide enough for the stairwell, and so we need to get new gates made everywhere to prevent him from running off wild and getting hurt. He’s pretty fast on his feet, and while I feel proud of his athletic feats, it’s also extremely wearying running after him everywhere.

Getting the new gates built means a lot of strangers tramping through our house, a lot of noise, and a lot of equipment left scattered on the floors. This is of course heaven for the piglet who is extremely curious about that strange-looking saw or the washer for the plumbing (yuck)!, and guess whose job it is to run after him and keep him occupied with his toys and books, when something so much more interesting is going on in the next room? Me of course. It’s been a pretty draining two weeks, and today I was just so exhausted, with a scratchy throat and feverish feeling going round that I just had to put a sick leave and try to take it easier today.

Which brings me to some other personal news…the snubnose recently started ballet classes at Yanna Lewis. She’s been wanting to learn for a really long time. I wasn’t keen on it because the timings were inconvenient, but when I saw her looking up ballet performances on youtube and trying out the steps herself, well, then I knew I needed to at least give the classes a shot. Well, the timing is still inconvenient, the classes and the costumes cost a small fortune, but the snubnose loves her dance teacher and she loves her classes, and so for now at least, ballet it is. Today evening, I dredged up some hidden energy to take her (and the piglet for watching) to the ballet class, and it was a good hour’s drive each way, in heavy traffic. Sigh!

  • http://malvikajaswal.wordpress.com malvikajaswal

    Congratulations on moving in :) I think moving into a new place is always exciting and when it is your own house that just ups the notch that much more. And you did it all on your own. Kudos! Where did you build your new home? I wish you absolute joy and prosperity in your new home :)

    • http://nishitak.com Nish

      @Malvika: Thanks so much for the wishes. We haven’t moved very far…just Marathahalli Outer Ring Road, pretty close to the Total mall.

  • Rima

    Wow, I am so glad that she is going to Yanna Lewis’ classes. I remember we talking about it.
    Take good rest and get well.

    Hug!
    Rima

    • http://nishitak.com Nish

      @Rima: Yup, she is enjoying it very much. Just wish it wasn’t so faar :(

  • http://theglassbangle.wordpress.com The Glass Bangle

    I know exactly what you’re talking about. We’ve shifted umpteen number of times in the last 10 yrs. But like you said, the feeling of a new beginning, a fresh start, is just great. I associate all these feelings with the smell of fresh paint :) Wish you lots of laughter and happiness in your new house !

  • http://gravatar.com/caseys2377 Casey

    oh wow! So, its all done and you have moved already? Congrats!! Now, take a big break and relax :)

    • http://nishitak.com Nish

      @Casey: Thanks. It’s not really all done, but we’re getting there. You must come home someday. It’s pretty close to your place actually if you take the chuntu road.

  • http://evanescentthoughts.wordpress.com Avada Kedavra

    Congrats on getting the house built :) Can totally understand with shifting. It is so painful.. we recently shifting and I am still recovering from the stress.

  • http://www.thepickygirl.com jenn aka the picky girl

    Congrats on the house! Please post more pics soon. I can’t wait to see what you guys came up with.

    As you know, I adore the Snubnose’s artistic abilities. So glad you spotted this one before it went away.

    Rest and relax. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it takes a while of living in your house before you fully know what you want from it anyway. Enjoy!

    • http://nishitak.com Nish

      @Jenn: Pics will be coming soon. Right now the house is a complete mess, and we are really thinking months rather than days considering some basic stuff (like running water!) still needs to be put in place properly.

      Maybe sometime this weekend, I can take some artfully framed shots to post on my blog just to show how it looks now :)

  • http://leeswammes.wordpress.com Leeswammes

    Good luck with finishing the house and the unpacking! I can imagine how much work and time you must have put into the house – I hope it’s just as you wanted it.