Christmas Eve and the first glimpse of the new house

24 December 2016

It’s Christmas Eve.

Yesterday was a big family gathering in the Waikato. South of Auckland. South of where our house currently resides.

On the way down to our family gathering, we stopped in Manukau.

On the way home, we stopped in Manukau again.

Walking the kauri/rimu/matai floorboards for the first time, running my hands over the paint-chipped balustrades of the wee porch, measuring rooms and doors and windows and wardrobes and nooks.

It was exhilarating.

Mama and papa and brother and I spent an hour and a half roaming the rooms and measuring doors and windows, and then we spent three hours in the car dreaming our new house out loud.

The kitchen in particular is in pretty poor shape. As in, the shape of the kitchen is less than ideal. As in, it is on a single short internal wall. We’ll have to make some decisions about whether to rip it all out or work with what we have.

Oh, and I took photos. So, without any further ado, here is the house in its deserted, quirky, existing condition.

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Bay windows – check.
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The front of our house.
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An interesting extension. A lot of work to fix this up.
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Tiny porch.
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Stately balustrades.
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Old doors to salvage.
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Lounge window.
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Mama and papa measure the hall and check the skirting (very thin but quaint).
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Bandaid detail. Delightful.
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Lounge bay window. I want to build a windowseat in here.
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Fireplace. This wall will be demolished.
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Many repairs needed on windows.
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Intriguing ‘thing’ built into the sunroom (once was a classic bungalow porch).
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Sunroom windows.
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Master bedroom looking flash. Ha.
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Ceiling beams. Light will go immediately.
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Family inspects a bedroom.
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Rot.
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Built-in wardrobes in every room.
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French doors in the dining room.
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A kitchen in dire need of help.
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Mama and the old fire (other side of wall to be removed).
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Quirky cupboards in the laundry.
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Exciting discoveries – match lining behind cupboards.
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Papa ascends with a little assistance from brother. Hilarity ensues from mama and me.
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Papa and brother (the real builders) at the back of the house.
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Mama and some lovely barn doors.
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My find: Neville the level. He’s antique, but he works beautifully.

 

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