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'exhausted' Storm and Ronan Keating suffer 'massive financial losses' building carbon neutral home

"My bones ache from labour; my throat is coarse from construction dust; my eyes burn from over tiredness; and my heart hurts for all the hours I don’t get to spend with my children, stepchildren, husband, family, friends and importantly myself."

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Storm Keating gets to work

Storm Keating gets to work

Storm Keating gets to work

Storm Keating has said that she and her husband Ronan have suffered “huge financial losses” while building their forever home.

The Australian fashion designer opened up about the difficulties she and her Boyzone singer husband have faced over the last five years of building the house by putting “trust in the wrong people.”

She explained that she is “exhausted” after taking on the role as the main contractor as the family have decided to build the house from scratch themselves.

In an Instagram post, the 39-year-old shared: “My bones ache from labour; my throat is coarse from construction dust; my eyes burn from over tiredness; and my heart hurts for all the hours I don’t get to spend with my children, stepchildren, husband, family, friends and importantly myself.

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Ronan Keating working on his house

Ronan Keating working on his house

Ronan Keating working on his house

“BUT I will not give up. I will get this house built and finally move my family into their home after what has already been over five years.

“If you didn’t catch my post a few weeks back with my welding gear on… well our family have had a tough run of it these last number of years, because we continually put our trust in the wrong people.

“Now we’re building the house ourselves and it’s me who is the main contractor. First step was ripping down walls/ ceilings/ ext facade/ insulation and remediation works etc.”

Storm told her followers that they were determined to get the house finished and even had Ronan busy at work over the weekend.

She continued: “Despite the massive back foot and the huge financial losses, we didn’t give up and we are now on the home straight to finishing an ultra contemporary ZERO CARBON house for our family to call home for what will most likely be, the rest of our days.

“This long weekend I even had @rokeating on the tools every day from dawn to dusk (and some more!) in an effort to close everything up.

"We’ve had such an awesome team and I can’t wait to share them all with you on our house page (@thekeatingshouse) in due course.

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“Our new page will be like a one stop shop for best trades, products, ideas, tips, sustainable choices and of course… what not to do! Who not to trust. What to look out for and how to avoid the same mistakes we made.”

Storm added that she hopes that the house will get finished soon now that they’ve welcomed in a new team.

She said: “Hopefully by the end of the day, the pressure will ease and we can finally start smooth sailing on to the finish line with our amazing team of plasterers/ decorators/ tilers/ flooring installers/ stone fabricators and joiners who are all lined up and ready to go.

“Motto of the story - most things take hard work and perseverance. When life throws you lemons, dust yourself off and make some sh*t hot lemonade.

“Better still… then sell it and make a profit. The profit in our picture won’t be financial, but it will be the feeling of knowing we did it and by rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty.

“We have literally poured out heart, sweat and tears into our family home and we didn’t let them break us,” she added.

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