Monday, 27 September 2021

Living with ‘less’ is definitely ‘more’

FORMER Henley Standard gardening correspondent Jennie Herrington is half-way through a project with her husband Andy — building their own home in Wargrave. Here is the latest update.

Q. How are things going is progress better or worse than you expected?

“Progress has been really good. We were so so lucky with the weather before Christmas. There was hardly any rain and very little really cold weather too. This meant that things have been able to carry on unhindered and according to plan.”

Q. Are you on schedule and on budget?

“Before starting we estimated things taking six to seven months, but it looks like we will be able to move in again before the end of January, making it just under five if this happens on time, so effectively we are ahead, but I don’t want to tempt fate. We haven’t had any major disasters or had any unwanted surprises (yet!), which has really helped keep things on target. We are expecting the polished concrete floor to go in this week, but this still isn’t 100 per cent confirmed. Likewise the kitchen and bathroom are dependent on third and fourth parties, so things could still get held up. Let’s hope not though, caravan living is taking its toll.

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