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