Carl and Janet, the photographer and writer who are working together on the Real Homes article, have just left. It was great fun, they were both lovely, and talking through what we've done to the house prompted me to look back at some of my early blog entries. I had forgotten what a long haul it was getting to the point we are now - and that this used to be the famous local eyesore of a house with a garage as a sitting room, an outside loo, a condemned gas cooker and a dead dog under the floorboards. I take being able to switch the oven on, or do the laundry inside the house, or look out of my front sitting room windows so much for granted now that I had almost forgotten how we lived for the first two years of my daughter's life. Thankfully I don't think she'll remember any of it, although my son says he still has very clear memories of 'the gloomy house', as he called it. We'll have been in the house three years in July, and it feels so much like home that I can't believe we haven't been here longer.
I'm 39 and married with two children aged seven and four. I'm fatally attracted to house renovation projects, and this is our third in the last seven years, my personal fifth since I bought my first flat in 1996. I think we might have bitten off more than we can chew with the Worst House.
Our architect recently commissioned photographer Joel Knight to take some photos of the Worst House in its finished state. Have a look on his website at joelknightphotography (The Worst House is in a couple of pictures on his Architectural page under 'extensions'.)
You can also see some very scary photos of the Worst House under construction on our architect's site -architecture wk. (The Worst House is under selected projects/residential/Morley Road.)
And photographer Carl Pendle took some pictures of the Worst House in January for Real Homes Magazine - watch this space...