NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Best bar­gain: We got the Ja­panese cedar for the ceil­ing for noth­ing. We found a re­ally, re­ally neat chap who was chop­ping it down. He thought we were nuts when we went to see him, but as the project grew, he started to em­brace it too. And he came over when it was all fin­ished and had a drink and he just loved it. The one thing Tony and I dis­agreed on: When he wanted to soften the house. He wanted to use a feath­ered light shade in the en­trance. I said no.

What I liked best about this project: Col­lect­ing and ex­chang­ing ideas, search­ing for things that are go­ing to work, ex­per­i­ment­ing, and just watch­ing it de­velop.

A bud­get tip: It’s very hard to put a bud­get on some­thing like this be­cause it’s a mov­ing target. So much of it was de­signed and built as we went. Ev­ery time there was some un­ex­pected ex­pense, I’d say to Tony: “So, where are we go­ing to save that money?” Usu­ally there was some­where we could com­pro­mise. Chris Burke

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