NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

How to stay on bud­get: Ask for a de­tailed quote and check it thor­oughly. Some quotes are mas­sive but pull them apart look­ing for mis­takes and – im­por­tantly – ex­clu­sions. You’re mak­ing huge de­ci­sions based on quotes and if they’re not ac­cu­rate, or some­thing’s not in­cluded, you could be out of pocket. (Mel)

Tip for sur­viv­ing a build fi­nan­cially: In­crease your con­tin­gency, both in money and time, be­cause a cost will al­ways come up and things will al­ways take longer. (Pete)

Tip for sur­viv­ing a build emo­tion­ally: On Frankie’s rec­om­men­da­tion, we played the sound­track from the mu­si­cal Hamil­ton over and over in the car in the last few months of the build. It kept us sane – and we learned all the lyrics. (Mel)

Favourite thing about liv­ing here: That view. Even when it’s foggy it’s amaz­ing, and at night we love look­ing out at the twin­kling lights. (Mel)

Mel An­der­son and Pete Williams

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