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+ Where have you saved money? Wendy: Alex tak­ing on the build him­self meant we saved a lot on the build­ing cost. Be­cause we took our time with the build, this meant Alex would be build­ing all day and then on the computer all night find­ing the best deals. I hon­estly think he searched ev­ery web­site in the world for the best qual­ity prod­ucts for the best price; I think we saved a lot by not go­ing with the first op­tion. Alex loves cre­at­ing and we up­cy­cled a bit. The cof­fee ta­ble is made from his grand­fa­ther’s scaf­fold­ing planks, which he used to build his home 30 years ago. + Any splurges? A cou­ple: the Citta low­boy in the mas­ter was a piece we fell in love with and we thought it would work well in any room. The raw leather couches were a big­gie but we wanted some­thing that would last and just get bet­ter and bet­ter with age.

+ What was your best buy? The an­tique prin­ter’s chest; this re­ally is an in­cred­i­ble piece of his­tory and they are so hard to find.

+ DIY dis­as­ters? Not a DIY dis­as­ter as such but our miss­ing Bor­der Col­lie, Win­ston, re­ally did bring ev­ery­thing to a grind­ing halt for a while. We’re still search­ing and hop­ing (face­book.com/ groups/1732319370336618).

+ Best mem­ory in your home? Bring­ing our girl, Indigo, home to the house that her dad built. Even though we do have to leave this house we will al­ways have the mem­o­ries of In­die’s first year here.

+ What would you never do again? Alex would prob­a­bly say: build a house on his own. In say­ing that, he learnt more in those two years than in all his time as an ap­pren­tice builder.

+ Best les­son learned? Things take a lot longer than you think! If you give your­self a time frame, ex­pect it to be bro­ken. You can’t rush a build if you want a per­fect re­sult.

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