Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson's recent hissy fit over their neighbour's building work just goes to show that it doesn't matter how loaded you are, other people's whistling builders are enough to make you want to drop a scaffolding pole on their £50k marble tiles.
And it emerged this week that, on top of the scaffolding saga, another neighbour has put in planning permission for a basement which will, according to a DM Eton Square source, take a couple of years to complete.
I re-read this, and it definitely said years, not months. Are they planning to excavate it with teaspoons? Even the 'Great Escape' tunnels from the Stalag camp only took about a year, and the men had to bring the soil up in their socks.
So, Charles and Nigella are packing up their cupcake moulds and looking for a new homes. Which got me thinking; this could be a good strategy for people looking for a house in a popular location. Simply scan your favourite streets for homes with skips in the front, and leaflet the houses on either side.
You may find that the neighbours, rather than being driven to tear down the scaffolding à la Charles themselves (OK, I know he got his builders to do it, but you know what i mean) might agree to sell their home to you.
And, of course, by the time the torturous conveyancing process is completed the renovations will be done.
Unless it's a basement being excavated by teaspoon that is.