There's a little story with the journey of this house, and even though it has taken us five months longer than we would have liked to settle on a plan, there are things that happened in between that have given us this house.
First of all, it goes back to the year 2000 when our first son was born and when we built our first house while living in Alexandra, Central Otago.
I loved the library there - the librarians in the Alexandra library are the best. I was in there every week and loved reading old house magazines for ideas. So one day I checked this magazine out.
While he is doing that, he is arranging for the kitchen designer to meet with us soon. That will be the first thing in our house to get designed and decided upon. So my next blog post on the house will be about the kitchen, and I will look forward to getting your feedback on ideas and colours, etc. I already have many ideas saved on my Houzz app.
Here is the initial architect's design of the kitchen. Already I will be doing away with the long bench and having a large stand-alone Island instead. It seems that everyone in New Zealand loves the kitchen bench with bar stools alone one side, but we hate that. It didn't work for us in our last house - was a wasted space, as we prefer to eat at the dining table, so no bar stools for us. The Island is much better for us. We had one in our first house in Alexandra and loved it.
The kitchen window at the sink looks out onto the Jacaranda tree (love) which we may be able to save. I'm working on that with the men who are not so attached to it as me! The pantry is the central room in the house, so good for tornadoes! Haha! The earthquakes have made us natural-disaster-conscious!
So what do you think of our little house? It's not the rambling country house with spreading wings and generous proportions that we're used to, but I think we might end up loving this the most, because we've loved it for so long and it has grown with us. So already it has history and a sense of familiarity. The best of all the three places we have lived in and loved and nurtured our family.
And of course, we will have to think of a name for it. I always name our homes.