Soon after we purchased Dorset 7 years ago we began planning to relocate a cottage for my wife, Kristn’s parents.

I had the fortune of knowing a lovely old lady, 93 years old when she passed, in our local area for some time. She and her late husband had built their cottage just after the first World War and raised three boys inside its tiny walls. 
She was an amazing lady, living there on her own for 35 years. The Cottage was so original, still on its first coat of paint that was all but gone and still had an outhouse style toilet and a kitchen that was from the 1950’s. Lino on the floor and no furniture except a bed, a single chair and an old phone table..  When she passed a developer snapped up her property that was on 2 titles but I was fortunate enough to negotiate the purchase of the old cottage.
 
I engaged David Wright House Removers and David did and amazing job, cutting the beloved cottage into two pieces to be trailered to its new home just a few kilometres away.
 
There was plenty of approvals needed prior the move, but we persisted and the house was stumped and moved into its new location towards the rear of our property.
 
From there the real fun started!  Over the next three months I completely renovated the cottage inside and out and added a nice deck to capture the bay breezes.  It is humble in size, about 78m2 in living space but has two bedrooms that I added built-ins to, an internal bathroom and laundry and a very cute kitchen, dining and lounge room.  We also built a barn style seperate garage, and fenced it in a cottage style and added some pathways and outdoor concreted area.  It means so much to have another genuine period building on the property and to keep the memories alive of my dear old friend and the life that took place over all those years.
 
My wife’s parents absolutely love it and Gerry has done and amazing job adding his own touches over the last few years.  Our younger children Ava, 13, and Will, 11, have breakfast over there most mornings before school, and I’m so grateful they are able to create these special memories with their grand parents.