Finished house pictures

Our builder sent a photographer to take some pictures of the finished house. They may appear in some advertisements and lifestyle magazines soon. It was fascinating watching the photographer who took advantage of the amount of light balance during the blue hour after sunset.


Roadworks – Part 2

I never thought that asphalt works could have such aestethical beauty. ;)


Roadworks – Part 1

There is a digger in the garden – again! Sealing the driveway turned out to be a much bigger job than expected. “We’ll just level the ground and do some boxing for the asphalt” they said. 10 full working days later they still haven’t done the asphalt, but just prepared and compacted numerous layers of…


Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2016

Our builder submitted our house to this year’s House of the Year Awards and it seems the judges liked it. We have won the “Lifestyle Award – Sustainable” category and earned a “Silver Award” in the general category. View all 2016 entries (Sorry for the pictures there, their photographer obviously got a bit lost in Photoshop retouching.)…


Progress around the house

Look, how winter in New Zealand looks like! 15-20° during the day, occasional frosts at night. June in Motueka.  


The pump shed

This project stretched over a couple of months, as there was always ‘something’ missing to continue. Originally I planned to only use leftover timber from our house building process, but once the foundations were finished, I realized I’d need to buy at least a few studs and cladding timber. Then it hit me that I…


Designing an eco home that works

The section In January 2014, ten months before we actually arrived in New Zealand, we found an interesting piece of land that was for sale online. 13,870 m2 on a hilltop with great views both to the sea and to the river valley. In Austria it’s almost impossible to buy such a large section, they just…


You’re building your first house for your enemy, your second one for your friend and your third one for yourself

In the German-speaking area, the title of this blog post is a well-known Confucius quote, but since I couldn’t find any references in the English part of the Internet, I guess it was made up by some Central-European perfectionist and accidentally linked to Confucius (or I simply translated it wrong). Speaking about perfectionism, I have to admit,…

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