We are actually thrilled with it. It's smaller than we are used to, but that's ok, we'll just have to force ourselves to get rid of quite a lot of junk and have some garage sales I think.
We've organised it with a guest bathroom/bathroom downstairs, so that once the children have all left home - a long way off yet though - we have the option of getting in a boarder or overseas student.
Great things that we love about the house:
* The indoor/outdoor area and the covered porch by the pool.
* The large, open pantry area
* The guest room
* The internal laundry. I've never had an internal laundry, but I quite like the thought of it being close-by. It's amazing how much time I spend in the laundry.
* The large storage areas
* the little hallway between the bedrooms
* the void so you can look over the edge to the downstairs foyer.
When we first received the elevations this week, I was so nervous to see what it looked like on the outside. I'm ok with it - not thrilled, although I think my husband and my kids have out-voted me. This is what the house will look like from the street:
And here is the 3-D version:
There are certainly things about the look of the house on the outside that I don't like. But I recognise that these are first world issues, and I am very, very grateful to be getting brand new house at all. But it kind of grates on my aesthetic nerves a leetle bit. Let me know what you think.
I do not like corner windows. At all. I think they will have to go. And I hate the way New Zealand architects put the windows right up to the top of the wall - as they have done on this secondstory window on the left.