NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

We de­cided at the out­set: To share this house. We cer­tainly don’t need seven bed­rooms and 900sqm. Help came: From so many di­rec­tions. Mum al­ways made healthy meals for us and the trades­peo­ple. Our friends helped. Af­ter our baby died, my sis­ter ar­rived from Auck­land at 36 weeks preg­nant and just took charge of ev­ery­thing.

My dad would ap­prove: Of all the ex­tra glass we put in. He used to do lead­light glass work, and he built the con­ser­va­tory, which is like a mini Kew Gar­dens. We added these gi­ant floor to ceil­ing glass tri­an­gles that let light in and mod­ernise the house.

Liv­ing here: Feels like a cas­tle af­ter our lit­tle apart­ment above the garage. It looks beau­ti­ful and very live­able, light and bright and airy. And it’s home. Is­abelle We­ston

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