Building my Dream Home

Moving in… the next chapter in our new build adventure

Moving in… the next chapter in our new build adventure

I thought moving in would be the end of it… but of course, moving in is the just the start! We have been in our new house for five weeks now and that time has just flown past. We still haven’t totally unpacked but I am beginning to see little glimmers of how the house...

So close… and yet so far

So close… and yet so far

You know when something is so close you can almost taste it? Christmas is just around the corner now (one more sleep!) and the Christmas tree is up (check), the presents have been wrapped and sent off to various parts of the world (check), the Christmas cards have...

The Big Reveal

The Big Reveal

The outside of the house is now completely finished and the scaffolding has come down. Suddenly we can see the house for the first time… We have made such amazing progress over the last few weeks… the bricklayers have been working hard and we have been following...

Rising out of the mud

Rising out of the mud

A crisp frost heralds another day that’s ‘one out of the box’ on the Coromandel. Perfect blue sky from corner to corner… driving to the new section I stop to admire the areas of cool blue frost contrasting with the warm yellowy green grass where the sun has already...

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...

Bees, births and builds

Bees, births and builds

I am quite scared of bees and wasps… nasty things that fly too close to your face and get in your ice-cream when you are trying to eat it… But I have a friend, Oksana who is a beekeeper and sells the most wonderful honey. You can see what Oksana’s honey looks like...