A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams

“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space    

The beginning of 2018 was remarkable for our little family. We managed against all odds to purchase our first home and get on the property ladder in a city, depending on who you ask, is either number 3, 8 or 10 in the top 20 most livable cities in the World…….

Auckland, New Zealand has an overheated housing market rife with competition driving the prices sky-high and locking out the first home buyers………. We were extremely lucky.

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It’s not for everyone tastes but for us the location of our little abode is everything and we think it is amazing.  We have a good size semi urban section ring-fenced in dense native New Zealand forest abundant in wildlife. We enjoy listening to the Tui’s sing and watching the fantails flit about outside our windows and the naughty non-native Rosella Parrots chasing each other through the yard…… And if that wasn’t enough we have beaches all around us within 1 minute walking distance of our home.

But the house is a dump. It’s a run down, leaky, creaky, drafty and damp 1930’s Bushman’s Bach with a 1950’s extension. A 2 Beddie, 1 Bath tiny dark dump with no storage spaces… and it is winter here at the moment making it al the more miserable.

The houses exterior is half clad in Pebble Dash coated corrugated iron and half in weathered and faded cedar board and batten. It boasts a flat roof and is perched halfway down a sloping section. The section experiences storm water runoff from the road ridge located above the property. The drainage of the site is poor and the base soil is clay with about 6 inches of good soil on top.

This is a snippet of our front yard, where there are plenty of adventures to be had. These pictures are from Easter when we set up an Egg hunt around the property…… Please note the weird things hanging in the trees on the right and left of the picture, looking a bit sinister, they are farm animals with chocolate eggs attached.

Lucky for us the house had had a recent replacement roof completed, new timber piles, new carpet, insulation in the roof and underfloor and a rough and ready refurbish of white primer paint on every internal wall. It is a blank canvas – or as I like to refer to it – A dump with a lot of potential.

The purchase of this property pleases and terrifies us as it is the biggest project we have ever had and so much responsibility. We will undoubtedly have many successes and failures along the way and will document them throughout our journey and share our tips and tricks.

There is a lot to do and very little funds to do it with. Therefore as always, there will be a lot of creativity, thrifty-ness, nifty little tradie tricks and a huge amount of fun/frustration to be had.

Yay, she says with trepidation.

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