Grand Designs

Grand Designs

With Grand Designs coming to NZ to shoot an Aotearoa version of the “Build your own dream” plot line, a few friends and acquaintances have asked if the experience of building a home is really like Grand Designs, the TV show. We enjoy watching it ourselves… and of...
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...