‘We camped out in car to stake claim’

Cou­ple’s three-night vigil paid off

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Donna Ewen

LAURA and Shaun Mitchell went to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths to bag the home of their dreams in In­sch. The young pro­fes­sional cou­ple spent three nights sleep­ing in their car to en­sure they were first in the queue for the house of their dreams. The house had yet to be built – with only the foun­da­tions laid – when the pair launched their marathon wait to se­cure it. Laura, 29, an ac­counts as­sis­tant with Reel Group, said: “We spent three nights sleep­ing in the car to make sure we were first in the queue to buy one of only four that were be­ing built. “It wasn’t too bad and it was, with­out a doubt, cer­tainly worth the trou­ble. “A few other couples turned up over that week­end, so at least we got the chance to know the neigh­bours in ad­vance.” Laura and Shaun, 33, a man­ager with Laing’s Di­rect Line, couldn’t wait to move in to their first fam­ily home and be­come part of the small com­mu­nity in 2007. The ground floor ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cludes a cloak­room, lounge, open-plan kitchen and din­ing area with sun lounge – Laura’s favourite room. The lower floor also has a util­ity room. Up­stairs are the mas­ter bed­room with en-suite, two fur­ther bed­rooms, and a fam­ily bath­room. With the ad­di­tion of daugh­ter Char­lotte, who is 15 months old, the Mitchells are look­ing to up­grade to a new home close by. And they also hope to ex­tend their fam­ily. “We’ve loved liv­ing here, and take with us re­ally happy mem­o­ries,” said Laura. “Ev­ery time I think of leav­ing I get a lump in my throat. “But I have to re­mind my­self it’s only bricks and mor­tar. ”

MOV­ING ON: Laura, Shaun and Char­lotte Mitchell are now look­ing for a big­ger home.

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