I was talking to some friends who are just about to embark on a New Build Adventure of their own (complete with a baby on the way). And when they got out paper and pen, and started taking notes, I realised just how much we’ve learned during this process. One of the biggest lessons is the time it takes for all sorts of “small” tasks. And especially at the beginning, making sure you book in space to get the design, then the estimates, then the redesign, then the quote, then the consents….. it eats up more hours than a hungover Sunday.
If you’ve headed over here from stuff, thanks for stopping by. If you’ve not been before and you’re looking for the yeays and nays, have a nosey, check out some of the people involved. Anyone who is featured on the Supporters page definitely gets a big tick from BuildingBoxes HQ, but to put them all in one spot – here are the suppliers and people we used who we’d use again. Most of these are in Auckland (sorry guys!) but there are some products and a few consultant types who are from further south.
Architect - Glyn Bilkey
Builder/Carpenters - Mike Kennedy – Xsite Construction
GroundWorks – Adam Turner - (Who gets an especially big tick from The Lego Engineer and Destruction Specialist because, diggers)
Roofer - Marcus Bond – Tin Tin Roofing – 021775915
Plumber – K10 Plumbing
Cabinet Maker – Peter Lennon (Display Nest) – 021423202
Concrete Cutters - Todd Concrete cutters
Resene for all the paint inside and out.
Gib - GIB, nice to have something so recognizable I don't even have to tell you what it is.
Colorcote for the roofing and cladding steel
Methven for the tapwear in bathrooms and kitchens
Dimond for the cladding and roofing steel forming (which includes all the flashings - this image of our house is supplied by them - pretty huh?)
Caeserstone bench tops (in the kitchen and on the bathroom vanity tops)
Melteca (the beautiful ash veneer on the kitchen and bathroom cabinets comes from these guys)
ProClima Airtightness membrane systems
Rheem Hotwater Cylinders
Allegion door hardware
Econergy hotwater Heatpumps
Fantech – And their Zhendar ventilation system
PSP – Clearvue roofing systems for the clear covering over the deck
Cavalier Bremworth Carpets
Allco – waterproofing membranes and products
Polished Concrete - I'm pretty sure you can work that one out
Bloody Good Folk who gave advice and support
Roomie – Interior and lighting designer to the stars and starlets
Peter Frazer – Painting adviser and general master with brush in hand
Hugh Grierson – Hop Scotch - purveyor of fine beverages and storer of stuff
Simon Williamson – Arborvista - adviser of all things tree related
Keith Huntington – Energy Usage Assessor and Sustainable Architecture Consultant
Lindsay Wood – QS Adviser
Majid - from Aladdin Rugs
If you’re still reading and you’re keen on integrating some sustainable or passive technologies and wondering whether it’s worth the expense, you might like to read these two pieces I wrote a while back for Red News on the cost of building green and what the implication are for resale value.
Main image supplied by ColorCote - taken by Kellie Blizzard
A family of four: writer, scientist, lego engineer and destruction specialist. Our previous home is featured in New Zealand Interior Style and this new project promises to provide plenty of great, green, smart and maybe madcap solutions to new building in New Zealand.