One of the key things hubby and I were looking for when we started looking for land to build our forever home, was a sense of community.
I grew up in a street where everyone knew each other and we stayed out playing in the street until dark when we’d run home for dinner. There were about 20 kids with a 10 year age range and we all got along. There was a park and a creek at the end of the street and we’d ride our bikes up and down the hill, with an occasional shout of “car!” signalling the scramble to get off the road. I lived in that house my entire childhood, and it was only at the age of 21 that I finally moved out of home – to a house a couple of streets away! At 29 I’m still in contact with many of the children that I grew up with, and many of the parents still live in that same street along with my own parents. Hubby on the other hand, moved around a lot as a child and moved out of home quite young.
While we both come from very different backgrounds when it comes to calling a place home, we both agreed we wanted to achieve a similar life as what I had as a child for our own children. And even for ourselves. I like the idea of getting home on a Friday and cutting through the backyard to go and have a drink over a back fence with a neighbour. Just knowing our neighbours will be a good thing! In today’s society we are becoming more isolated and don’t like to get to know our neighbours. We’re looking for a community, with similar goals and views on life.
We had strong hopes for this sense of community when we purchased our land, but needless to say we were very excited when we heard the initiatives that the developer has in place to help us all meet and get to know each other. The first of which was a ‘Meet The Neighbours’ evening at the estate, where we had nibbles, drinks, games and a bonfire. We met a number of our direct neighbours, and even a few who are a couple of streets over. It was a great introduction to the community and the first of many events they have planned – there was talk of movie nights under the stars and another BBQ type picnic affair.
In terms of where we’re at with the build. Well, we’re learning to be patient! It takes a long time to go back and forth with the builder and we still haven’t signed a contract, but we did receive what is hopefully the final drawings and changes to our plan today (with lots of highlighter colours and mark ups!). We’re hoping to quickly review and send back, so that we can get them to draw up the final contract and get it signed. Then it’s off to the bank for money, the developer for their design approval, and the council for building approval. Fingers crossed, we might be laying the slab in November. I’ll cry if we’re not!!