We have been living in this house for 12 years and a month. When we moved in it was a shell, and over a couple of years we transformed it into a home. Sort of...
The problem with moving into an old building and trying to restore it around yourself is that your life is in contant upheaval. Furniture is constantly being moved from room to room as work progresses, and you get used to living in a bit of a mess until energy and money runs out. Then you stop noticing the mess.
Just recently we received a grant to finish the insulation of our house, and
make it more energy efficient. The first step was to replace the water heater
in the laundry (which had died) and that was done on last Friday. We are now
finishing the laundry with tiles and paint and a real light fitting (rather than
the temporary light fitting we have had for 10 years.