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Turning Tides

As told to Leah Gebber

Oh, the stories. They would make the best crime novelists flinch. Before we even commissioned the plans to extend our home, we heard the tales: building contractors who had run off with checks of tens of thousands of dollars. Supervisors lazing on some beach in the Caribbean while poor people living in the rubble of a partially renovated house waited anxiously for their return.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

It was time. We got quotes and references. We’d been saving for a while for this extension and it was no luxury: with seven boys squashed into three small bedrooms and another baby on the way (a girl, please a girl!), we desperately needed the space. As well as two additional bedrooms and a bathroom, we designed a home office for my husband so that when forced to work additional hours (a regular occurrence in his accountancy firm), he could do so at home. We’d thought long and hard about this: my boys were growing up and they needed to feel their father was present, even if not available. So, we’d put a lot of time, thought, and effort into the whole process: we were spending a huge amount of money, true, but it was the right thing for us as a family. But with all the preparation that we did, nothing, but nothing, could have prepared me for the actual process. 

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