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How did your bud­get fore­cast com­pare to your

ac­tual spend? Ana: Badly! With a re­build or ren­o­va­tion, the un­knowns are un­avoid­able. For us, lift­ing the ground to the same level as the house to pro­vide un­ob­structed in­door-out­door flow, and re­new­ing all the drainage at the same time, were huge un­avoid­able costs.

To­tal spend – $400K


> Best lessons learned along the way? Don’t try and live on site. What you save in rent, you pay for in san­ity and the mo­men­tum of the project.

> Any DIY dis­as­ters? Hav­ing to re­move part of my beau­ti­ful wall af­ter not be­ing fully clear on coun­cil reg­u­la­tions de­spite re­search­ing. > What’s the one thing you would change if you could? Hav­ing a big­ger walk-in wardrobe. But in this project, it’s sim­ply not pos­si­ble.

> Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence? Christ­mas Day with fam­ily – present-open­ing in the rear court­yard and the ab­so­lute ease of mov­ing through to the court­yard on the other side for a sit-down Christ­mas meal, fol­low­ing the sun and chang­ing at­mos­phere seam­lessly.


> Build­ing ma­te­ri­als jame­, 0800 808 868. Johnny and Ana: “The ma­te­ri­als fit with our brief of hav­ing an easy-care, low-main­te­nance home.”

> De­sign and build Tony Karsten, Karsten Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign,, 03 539 1066.

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