How bespoke wardrobes brought me peace in London

Oh dear…

Our landlord brought us a life-changing message. He was going to sell the flat and wanted to offer us a deal to buy it. We need time to think. The flat was our home, but it was still tiny, and if we were going to stay and buy a place here in London, we were not going to stay in this flat. We kindly refused the offer and started thinking about what to do next. Were we to rent another flat. It seemed like a reasonable thing to do, but then we started checking what was on the market, and my heart sunk. Prices had gone up a lot since our last search, and suddenly, we realized that maybe, this was not an option. We had some savings, but it didn’t seem like a good idea to spend them on a place that wasn’t ours. So off to plan B, the property market. Again, the real estate market in London is among the most expensive in the world. How would we ever be able to buy a home?

Nadeem to the rescue

Our friendly next-door neighbour Nadeem offered us some advice. He had already bought a few properties in London that he fixed up and rented out. According to him, it would take some luck and courage to get our hands on something we liked. Nadeem told us about a few properties in the area going up for auction the following month. We really wanted to stay in this neighbourhood, and amazingly enough, four properties were near; two, we could see, had potential. One in fact, really caught our eye, but it was in desperate need of massive renovation and lots of TLC. Nadeem was hopeful. Many people are looking for a quick fix that can go back into the housing market, and this was not a quick fix. It was going to take a while to turn it into a home.

Grown-up stuff

The following week, we put on our big-boy and big-girl pants and drove into battle. I dreaded losing the property to some property mogul with bottomless pockets, but to my surprise, no one else was interested in the terraced property with great potential. Was there something really wrong that we had overlooked? Did we make a bad decision? Nadeem did not understand how no one else bid on the property. So, within five minutes, we had won the lot; the property was ours! We were the proud but worried owners of our very own home.

Home sweet home?

We rushed to our new home with the keys in our sweaty palms. On the way there, I kept on convincing myself everything would be fine. My husband was good with his hands, and one of our best friends is a builder with lots of experience salvaging worn down properties. A quick tour of the house, and all we could conclude was that we got a fantastic bargain that would need lots of work and TLC. But nothing we couldn’t handle. We even have the smallest possible garden with room for one tree. Now, back to business, we had a deadline that would arrive sooner than later.

The fun part

I have to admit that we went to Ikea for lots of things; assembling their furniture is my guilty pleasure. But we really wanted to get practical and good-looking storage solutions. Our previous flat had some genius storage solutions, and I got in touch with our old landlord, a wonderful man really. He recommended a company called Wardrobe Solutions. So we went to their warehouse to have a look around and get an appointment for a consultation. The following week they came to the house and took the measurements they needed. We had a few problematic spots, for example, under the stairs and the roof space where we wanted a made to measure wardrobe. Shortly after their visit, they presented us with a 3D design, and we made some choices on the look and feel of all the storage units.

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