Did you notice that our column in stuff this week was sitting next to a piece by interiors legend (and international pilot - yes really) LeeAnn Yare from Collected? Well because Christmas is coming and she is an all round awesomesauce lady she is giving away a copy of her latest book with Larnie Nicolson Rooms to Love, as well as a copy of their first book, New Zealand Interior Style to one lucky Building Boxes follower. Yeay. Both books are packed with glorious images of homes with beautiful interior ideas to recreate or adapt for your Box. All you need to do to win is jump over to our Facebook page, like our page and comment about why you should win. We'll run the contest for a week.
Oh and did I mention that it will be personally autographed too. So you can let me know if you're keeping the books for yourself or giving them away for Christmas and LeeAnn will personalize a message for you! Awesome.
If you were a fan of The Block you will have seen LeeAnn in judging mode, and probably seen the contestants in her shop Collected. It's a veritable treasure trove of Christmas gift ideas so if you're stuck...I'd head there. (dont tell James I've already been in!)
Everyone tells you building takes longer than you think. I figured I'd add an extra couple of months, maybe even six, to be on the safe side....a year and a half later and we STILL haven't got building consent. Moreover, this doesn't seem to be an uncommon position. If you've been following our journey on stuff you'll know that our timeline had a serious hiccup with a less than helpful architect, and that with Christmas coming, all bets are off when it comes to getting a builder on site. But we're still hopeful that with a little help from our friends we'll dig a few holes super soon. Fox has been telling us that the diggers are coming for some weeks. If a three year old is that certain about something, it must be true...right?
This week I'm talking about how to get your builder to stick around when you finally get one - or rather, how to chose the team that are going to pull your dream house out of the sky and create it, stick by stick, or block by block - just like a team of busy hamsters. Okay, maybe not hamsters, maybe more _like these guys...
The building trade goes into top gear in the weeks leading up to Christmas. You can understand it. Everyone wants their bathroom/kitchen/sparebedroom/garden/garage finished before the holiday, and before the visitors start arriving to make use of the new facilities. For us though that means a big slow down. Providing quotes is pretty low on the list of priorities when hammers and nails need to get banged together pronto. Still. We're waiting and hoping that we might get to start something (anything) before Christmas. And we're keeping the whole process going. This week's piece in stuff is all about the pricing process starting at the beginning. And next week's is about the later pricing process when you have builders involved. I hope it helps. I've learnt plenty in this process already and...we haven't even started yet...
This is a quick post while I race out the door to another meeting with a fab supplier. We've been really lucky with the number of people enthused about our project so I just wanted to say a quick thanks! to all of them, and to you for coming on board. I'm sorry I don't have breaking news of breaking ground but we're getting closer, resource consent has been granted!
Over at Stuff I'm talking about the design process, so if you are one of the people who have written in saying that you're hoping to build soon, check it out. It's a mad process turning a blank piece of paper into your future home and I hope you get to enjoy it in with all the stress. I feel like I keep saying I'll be starting to talk more about the house build a lot, and I will, but if this process teaches anything, its that good things take time...or is that cheese? Either way, we're chipping away at it and before you know it you wont be able to shut me up. So in the mean time, enjoy the sun and happy house build dreams! #newbuildlove
We love green things. Doesn't mean we have awesome green thumbs, but we're always keen on digging holes, sewing seeds and hoping for the best. That's gardening...right?
There are a LOT of weeds at our new section and the bush needs plenty of tender coaxing to bring it back to life. But happily we've had a bunch of practice at brutalizing weeds and replanting natives. As part of the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Programme, we've pulled plenty of ginger and tried to generally look after the streams in our current neighbourhood with neighbours and friends. It's a great way to get to know people on your street or in your community, and its one of those quintessentially kiwi concepts of what goes around comes around. As part of that philosophy, we've started growing native seedlings (in a bath and assortments of pots) for the new section. Every time we pull something out, something else needs to go in its place or the weeds will just keep on coming, or that's our theory. So far so good. It takes relatively little effort to put a bunch of seeds and seedlings in a bath, but when they start flourishing, and the tuis and wood pigeons increase the decibel of their morning calling as their numbers increase, I'll be a happy lady.
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.