In the last post on Stuff.co.nz for the year, it's a catch up with Jon Bridges and his family's build progress. It was great to see someone come out the other end of this and be so calm about it. I guess they've had a whole year to unwind from the madness that building can bring, but still, a nicer, more relaxed couple you couldn't hope to meet.
Over at Building Boxes HQ it's quite another story. We cant afford a Fixed Price contract so have just done a pre Christmas hand shake with our soon to be builder who will be running a managed labour only site. And when I say soon, I mean really soon. We'll be starting again in earnest on the 12th of January when we break ground! All Of The Yeay Things. What's more, because James has a chunk of time off over the holidays, we're building my office...They're the set out pegs in that photo all ready to go. It's a small (just under 10m2) box, designed to echo the main house, and will house the best view I've ever had in an office. It's definitely going to be better than the view I've had this year, although the washing machine isn't all bad. Especially when it's on fast cycle. But because the new office is a)tiny and b)we're building it, it will of course be a fraction of the price of the main house. We'll let you know the ins and out of it over the next couple of weeks. For now, Christmas is only days away, I just hope no one gets me a nail gun for Christmas... Have a great break and happy holidays.
This week on stuff we're talking about Building Consent. I though this would be easier than Resource Consent. Things are either structurally correct or not right? The Building Code is black and white I thought...well maybe it is, but turns out plans are always open to interpretation. When you're doing things like suspended concrete floors to increase your thermal mass - a practice that's super common in commercial property but not so common in residential property, I guess it makes people want to ask more questions. But still, black and white right? It's about numbers, calculations. Turns out it IS about numbers, mostly the number two. Twice the amount of time, and twice the amount of money...sigh. BUT. We are now the proud owners of permission to build this puppy. Christmas is almost upon us but we're signing the contract with the builders this week unless a mad meatball storm or something equally as unlikely gets in the way. It means we're set to start mid Jan! YEAY!
This week on Stuff I'm talking about how to get Resource Consent. It's not an easy ride, but we got there and it didnt take as long as I feared it might. It means though that we want to be smart about all that great outdoors that comes with our property. All the green is something we're dedicated to looking after, and if we do it right, it can be not only a playground for our boys, but a real resource for their and their neighbourhood's future. So what better way than to get some experts to help. The awesomesauce folk at the Unitec Landscape Architecture Department are coming on board to help us not only plan out what we'll be doing long term, but to think smart about how we can save money by germinating some of our plants ourselves in a strategic and longterm manner. If you're thinking about building, this might be a great thing to start thinking about even now, so you have things to get in the ground when you actually have ground ready.
Because today is the 2nd of December I'm announcing the winner of the LeeAnn Yare giveaway! Thanks to a highly technical process (using http://www.random.org/) the winner of both New Zealand Interior Style and Rooms to Love is Natasha Margaret Hough. Congratulations. Get in touch to claim your prize! I'll post this up on Facebook as well so let me know your details.
This weeks post on Stuff.co.nz is all about saying thanks to those people who have already helped out. So a big, cheers, goes to Hugh from Hopscotch in Auckland. Unfortunately, his lovely mug didnt make it into the article...so I thought I'd add it here instead.
Next week I'll be talking through the mad process of getting Resource Consent. So if you're thinking of doing this part yourself, tune in.
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.