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Progress on site

Progress on site

Progress on site. How exciting to even be typing those words… Duncan and I got our building permit on 21 November 2014 so we could finally begin building our new home. We started by putting up wooden profiles so we could see where the building was going to sit on the...
The Design

The Design

Right now, we are close to the end of the design process… We have fantasized about our new home, we have been presented with concepts, we have talked about the merits of various types of brick, and now we are signing off on the design and nearly ready to put the plans...
The Brief

The Brief

The Brief We have decided this build that we are going to use an architect to help us design our new home.  One very useful resource has been the website of NZ Institute of Architects (http://talktoanarchitect.co.nz). It gave us the framework for writing a...
Meeting the neighbours

Meeting the neighbours

Let me tell you all about the new piece of land… I have to pinch myself really, because it is a whole acre and has a small stream running through it. Ha! Coming from suburban London, I never thought I would be saying that to anybody… The stream gully is partially...
Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch

When I came to Coromandel from the UK, I wanted to leave behind traffic jams and career pressures and live in a different way. Over the last 10 years I have managed to build a new life for myself: a new country, a new relationship, a new child, a new career and a...