Interior

Tony has left, and mum and I are on our own for the interior lining. First things first; we went and bought ourselves some of our very own power tools (here’s mum looking mighty pleased with our brand new skill saw). Tony has taught us a lot over the last 10 days so we were…

Exterior

The next part of the process was to start on the exterior (before the rain and negative temperatures of winter hit!). This involved putting up the cladding (board and baton) and putting in the doors and windows. The treated ply was nailed onto the exterior, with the batons to follow. The batons cover all the…

Roofing

Up next was the roofing! Ordering the corrugated iron to fit proved to be a bit of a challenge, since it would take at least 3 days to cut to size and we were on a strict time frame with Tony. We were lucky enough to find a place where someone else had put through a…

Framing – part 2!

Next up was the framing for the roof! Tony cut the rafters and I held them in place while he secured them.   Then went on the nail plates and roof plane braces to secure the roof and prevent twisting. Then mum and I got to preparing for the window and door installation by stapling back…

Framing – part 1!

This part of the house is the bones of the building and where it gets exciting to see our plans come to life! First Tony started by cutting the studs for the framing work and teaching mum and I how to use the drop saw so that we could cut them while he got to assembling…

Flooring

The last few days have been full of material prep, getting as much as possible ready and waiting for Tony’s arrival. This has involved numerous trips back and forth to Mitre 10 asking for materials and equipment that I often had no idea of what they were. The staff Rohan and Katie have been very patient and helped me out…

The Foundations

Once the holes had been dug it was time to put the posts in! We learnt a few extra tips and building lingo from James (our local builder) on how to get the posts square and all in the right position. This involved setting up forms and string lines to mark the building boundary and…

Hole digging!

The first thing to do when building a house is setting up your foundations. For us this involved digging 10 holes 600mm deep, putting posts in, and filling them with cement so that your house has something sturdy to be built on. Sounds easy right?? but I can tell you now my brain has been hurting and…

Everyday People – Extraordinary Adventures

This post is about a special person who is an inspiration to me and her journey to an adventure of a life time. My mum, who has just gone to complete her first ever marathon for her 50th birthday, in some of the most interesting conditions you could imagine. I remember the days when I…

The Polar Circle Marathon

My amazing Mum’s first ever marathon in Greenland during a -30 degree blizzard! Proof that everyone is capable of extraordinary adventures. Check her out at 2.15!

Demolition day

Finding a place in this world that feels like home can be a hard thing, however I recently moved down to Queenstown to be with my mum on her new property down here, and instantly had the feeling that I wanted to stay. We are living on two acres, which is full of potential –…

My tiny house dream

About a year ago I came across some pictures of a new and growing concept of the ‘Tiny House movement’. Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. And it wasn’t just because I’m small and I like to collect small things, but because of…