Well, not quite. I'm not actually quite sure what that phrase means...!
Anyway the ceiling is well and truly down, my nice clean house is an inch thick in black dust, the front garden is full of sacks of rubble and my husband and I are sleeping in a small room surrounded by most of our possessions. Sounds awfully familiar - only of course it's nothing like last time as despite the big black footprints everywhere and heartbreaking smudges on the white paintwork we do actually have heat, light and plenty of space and running water. Oh, and 2 flushing loos - unlike 2007-8 when we were flushing with buckets!
The rewiring's done, the radiators are in - four of them just to make sure - and the shower and basin are plumbed in. Bathstore delivered everything a mere five days after ordering, so I was very pleased with them. I know not everyone's a fan but it's always worked for me so far. ( Mind you Dawid hasn't unpacked the shower cubicle yet so we'll see how that goes!)
We have sold the Audi estate ( thanks Gumtree!) tonight and I collect the new miniature mobile tomorrow. It's going to be very odd not being able to just pop out and pick up a few radiators or a stack of tiles when I fancy it. The boot in the new car is no more than a glorified parcel shelf. Perhaps buying it is a deeply submerged psychological hint that I need to control my appetite for renovation! ( It's probably telling that our old car was bought by a builder, too!)
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...