It’s been such a mad few weeks that I almost don’t even know where to begin. So much has happened in a such a short space of time that it felt almost impossible to keep up.
We’ve found our new home!
Or what I should really be saying is “we’ve found the prettiest apartment in Berlin that’s going to be our new forever home and it’s amazing!”.
I almost can’t believe how quick everything has happened. In June we’d not even considered leaving the UK and now we’re not only living in a new city and country but we’ve also already managed to find our dream home. We could have easily ended up house hunting for years but we’ve been so lucky to find somewhere so fantastic in just a matter of months.
I’m struggling to put into words how much I love this apartment and still can’t quite believe how lucky we are that it’ll soon be our new home (well, mostly the banks but who’s counting). We loved our home in Manchester (you can take the full tour here) so much and we were sad to leave but we’d never planned on staying there forever and I guess that helped us not get too attached.
Now though we’re thinking much more long term and are planning on staying here forever. Okay, so maybe not forever as no one knows what life will throw at you and we’re really not ones for planning much more than 10 years ahead but this feels like the most long term decision we’ve ever made.
Now for some details of our new home!
Although it’s an apartment, it’s bigger than our house in Manchester. In UK terms it has currently has 4 bedrooms (one of which we’ll be using as an office), a dining room, lounge and a kitchen & bathroom as well as a tiny cloakroom.
This is what the current layout looks like.
Something typical in old buildings in Berlin are big double/sliding doors leading from one room to the next at the front of the house. These used to be the representative rooms where the owners would welcome guests and you can easily see why. They are so light and airy with really high ceilings (they’re 3.5m in case you’re wondering), amazing cornices and detailed plasterwork on the ceilings, sliding doors with stained glass and gorgeous parquet flooring.
The fourth room at the front (the one that’s completely separate without sliding doors) will be my new office. It’ll be a total luxury compared to my tiny office in Manchester and to the office/bedroom/storeroom I’m currently using in our rental apartment in the centre of Berlin.
At the back of the house, there’s the kitchen and a storeroom as well as the bathrooms (which are both tiny). There are also two more bedrooms here including the one we’ll be using as our master bedroom.
The bathrooms have fairly recently been updated and they’re perfectly fine but they could be so much better. I love the floor in the small cloakroom which still has lovely period tiles that we’ll definitely be keeping (if we can).
The kitchen is the only room that really isn’t great. In Germany, it’s pretty unusual for homes you’re buying to have kitchens in them as the sellers will mostly take it with them. You don’t usually even have kitchens in rental apartments!
It seems like we have a knack for finding great houses or apartments with dodgy kitchens and this one is no different. But, it’ll definitely do for now and at least we have one!
The apartment is already fantastic and we can’t wait to get stuck in and make it even better. A lot of the really messy building work like updating the electrics and plastering has already been completed (yay, I still hate plastering) so it gives us a chance to move in, live there for a while and then think about what changes will make the most sense. I couldn’t help myself and have already come up with a few options but it’s probably still a good idea to see if actually living there will influence any decisions.
Some of the changes we’d like to make are moving and replacing the kitchen, we’d also like to move the bathroom, add a bathroom, knock down a few walls and add a balcony! Ohh, and there’ll be lots and lots of painting to do, too!
I still can’t quite believe that it’s all happening! We love the apartment so much and honestly still can’t quite comprehend that it’ll be our new home and we’ll be living here soon! I feel the need to improve my photography skills just to be able to take pictures that can do it justice. (Yep, that’s a naked lady on our living room ceiling!)
There’s definitely still a lot to do and we’re not going to get bored anytime soon. As always we’ll be sharing everything here on the blog and there are going to be some big changes so stay tuned!
What does your dream home look like? I can’t believe we’ll be packing and moving again so soon! Any tips for staying sane when you move twice in less than 6 months?
PS. Thank you so much for stopping by throughout the year! 2016 was definitely full of changes, not just for us, but around the world, too.
We’re excited for the new year ahead and can’t wait to continue our DIY adventure in our new home! It’s going to be a huge year for us and we hope you stick around and join us for the ride!
Wishing you all a fantastic festive break and an amazing new year! xoxo