NZ House & Garden - - HOMES - Scott Lawrie

AD­VICE FOR OTHER HOME­OWN­ERS: Get your­self the best ar­chi­tect and builder you can af­ford. When they work well as a team, amaz­ing things hap­pen.

I AL­WAYS WANTED BLACK WALLS BUT THE DOWN­SIDE IS: You can’t re­ally avoid scuff­ing them. I’m often seen scur­ry­ing around with a damp cloth and a small paint­brush.

BEST BUD­GET TIP: Don’t fin­ish the build by us­ing credit cards like I did. It’s like a sec­ond mort­gage.

LEAST FAVOURITE HOUSE­HOLD CHORE: Oil­ing the steel. It takes time, pa­tience and ef­fort.

FAVOURITE LO­CAL SHOP: Green With Envy is a fan­tas­tic lit­tle dis­cov­ery (green­with­envy.co.nz). From linen bed­ding to beau­ti­ful ob­jects, it’s all here.

BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD AT­TRAC­TION: If you have kids, don’t miss Sheep­world – it’s a fun, old-fash­ioned way to spend half a day. And Pakiri beach is an un­spoilt trea­sure.

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