With a lot of time on our hands whilst the architect prepared the plans for the submission to the Camara we could relax and enjoy the East Algarve for a few weeks.
We also spent time choosing materials for the Quantity Survey with the architect which was great fun and meeting with builders to see what other projects they had completed. We also made a life changing decision.
As you will know from my other posts our primary plan had always been to buy, renovate, sell and buy again. My husband would continue living in Norway with the dogs but I would spend at least a couple of weeks a month in Portugal overseeing any renovation work or buying and selling. The happy weeks we spent in the East Algarve led to discussions with my husband about whether this was a sensible living arrangement. The conclusion we came to was we wanted to make Tavira our primary home and that meant having somewhere permanent to live there and flying the dogs down. Our philosophy has always been ‘home is where the dogs are’. When we lived in Asia for four years it was our primary home and whilst I worked there my husband commuted every few weeks back to Norway. We could have the same arrangement in Portugal.
If we obtained planning permission on this house in Tavira we would make it our home. On the back of this decision I applied for my Non Habitual Resident status using an excellent adviser in Tavira and the Living in Algarve business was born.
Unfortunately there were some delays at the architect’s office and the submission of our plans to the Camara didn’t happen until 15th July but with their rule of giving an answer within 20 days we were confident that we would hear the result by 12th August, my birthday.