Instagram model’s hell renovating £2.5m dream ‘castle’ with 24-karat gold sink

An Instagram model has moaned about the setbacks while building her dream "castle" home from scratch.

Carrie LaChance, who has 1.1 million followers on Instagram, had planned to build the dream castle home after purchasing the land with her husband Nate for $260,000 (£214,000).

The pair had intended to construct a £2.5 million mansion on the site on the lakeside site in Dallas, but found that their dream home featuring a cinema room and a 24-karat gold sink, was a bit more difficult to realise than they expected.

While it usually takes around five months to construct a new home, the couple began the build back in 2020 and still haven't completed the project thanks to a plethora of setbacks and complications.

The project has been scuppered by pandemic labour shortages, rising costs of materials, and struggling to even find the basics to continue with construction.

They even took out an extra $100,000 (£82,000) to help cover the additional unexpected costs, but even those funds had run dry by the end of the year.

While building a basic house would previously take around five months, according to the LaChance's builder Joshua Correa, that timescale has now doubled.

He said: “It was like a chain reaction. Everybody started charging more — for everything.”

Costs have been rising across the board for the construction, with rising fuel costs for suppliers of materials such as lumber being passed on to their clients, and in turn onto the LaChances.

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The pair have seen their initial lumber budget of $105,000 (£86k) rise to $177,000 (£145k).

Meanwhile, their budget for Silver Mist which they want to use for the house has gone up from the initial sum of $27,500 (£22k) up to $39,000 (£32k).

Appliances have also come to haunt the couple, as they ordered their fridge in September 2021 but won't receive it until March 2023, with the appliance budget going up from $65,000 (£53k) to $78,000 (£64k).

It's not clear when construction on the house will finally be complete, and the long process has also caused the pair to make some changes to their plans.

All the same, they hope to be able to move in soon, and plan to break in their new home by watching Game of Thrones in the cinema room.

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