So, we are now back from Cyprus……unfortunately. Coming home every time gets harder and harder!
I miss it already!
Regardless though, the trip was productive.
We had gone with the aim of looking at certain plots and purchasing one. But, whilst there we also went to look at some land my father already owns. And discovered that the plot is pretty perfect already! Stunning views over Limassol, already in a decent residential area and it is almost guaranteed we’d be able to build what we want.
There are some land registry issues to sort out now……but that will be a damn sight cheaper than purchasing some land, in a not so ideal location! We are very very lucky as this land…..with this view…..is worth an absolute fortune and we would never have been able to afford this on our own.
Some friends also recently built their house and I love it. They also confirmed that the architect was good and interpreted their wants and needs perfectly. So we went to meet her. She was great, providing guidance on the process and just talking through ideas.
She did also give it to me straight though. Building with straw in Cyprus will be a challenge – but with that will come huge risk. This risk will have quite major financial implications as well as the overall risk that the house doesn’t get signed off at all. There is no civil engineer in Cyprus that deals with these types of houses and it may never get signed off.
Whilst I really want to build with this method…..I can’t afford that big a risk.
So we are going to opt for a timber frame instead. This architect does have experience with building eco-friendly houses and knows the importance of good insulation and design.
I’ve come away very positive……we’re finally getting somewhere.
So now I just have to figure out how to change the name of my blog!!!