Designs and plans for building were agreed in February and our clients were excited with our proposals. Builders were engaged to start work in early April for June completion. And then all our lives turned upside down.
Fortunately, the house was to be unoccupied throughout and https://www.cotswold-property.com, who are completely wonderful builders, were determined to work safely within Government Guidelines during lockdown. That effectively meant only one trade at a time and with no guarantee that materials would continue to be available.
In mid-March, when it became apparent that a worldwide shutdown was imminent and, mindful that shipping and supplies might stop at any moment, we embarked on the immense order list. We could only communicate with our clients remotely; so furniture was selected using an iCloud photo share backed up with Zoom calls. Happily, many of our favourite suppliers came up trumps but some of the little, niche businesses on whom we rely for quirky, individual touches had temporarily closed.
So we Googled, adapted, Googled again and prayed (with so many delivery dates given as approximate) it would all arrive.