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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 21 – The End of the Journey


Wow! How time flies!

I can’t believe it has been six months since the first official holiday weekend at our bach!

In the lead up to the Christmas break, we spent many weekends in Hanmer chipping away at the lengthy to -do list, finishing all the little bits and pieces, until finally it was complete! 100% finished! And ready for the first big test!

Not only were the four of us staying in the bach for three weeks over the Christmas break, but we had invited many friends and family to spend time

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 20 – TIME TO RELAX


As we piled into the cars (dog and cat included!) for our first holiday weekend at the bach, I couldn’t help but think of all the things we had to do once we arrived Although the bach is technically finished, with just a few bits and pieces to be tidied up, and thankfully no longer a building site, to me, it is still a project I haven’t reached that point where I think of it as a relaxing home-away-from-home, instead I

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 19 – NOT ALL PLANS WORK OUT AS INTENDED


The reality was, we couldn’t spend the week of the school holidays at the bach It was just too incomplete And we needed to be out of the way so the guys on site could get their work done Although disappointed, we had to be practical, there was still too much going on on-site that, not only would we have gotten in the way, it wouldn’t have been the quiet and relaxing (and dust free!!) break we wanted Essentially it was

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 18 – FINDING THE RIGHT MIX


Right from the outset we’ve had a vision of camping when we thought about the bach It will be the anthesis of our Merivale home and we want our interior spaces to evoke memories of camping from my childhood We see the bach feeling like the little cabin the camping ground; the space, the conditions and the colours and finishes We feel that our form and design reflects this concept, we just have to find the appropriate furniture and ‘stuff’ to put

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 17 – WE CAN’T CONTROL THE WEATHER


Although in my last blog I raved about how wonderfully the Plan A and Plan B system had been working for us, I may have spoken a little too soon! Cyclone Debbie has meant Plan B has been in action for some time and so we are rapidly approaching the end of interiors But unfortunately, due to all the wet weather, Plan A just hasn’t been happening

Our painter has almost finished, in fact he is getting a little frustrated sharing such

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 16 – APPROACHING THE END


What a difference two weeks can make!

Arriving on site, change is everywhere The services are all done and in (except for the photovoltaics that are coming in a few days), the inspectors have come and gone and we are all signed off for lining and most importantly, the windows are all in! Which is a nice milestone as the bach is now a lock up shell

Although there is still some uncertainty about programme, we are getting to the other side and

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 15 – SLOW PROGRESS


I have found myself in an odd situation We have become so accustomed to seeing significant change when we visit the site; we went from standing on bare land to standing on the floor to standing in the structure all in a matter of weeks And now, I find myself standing in the main structure and I can’t see any obvious progress It is the most deflated I have felt during this whole process, even

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 14 – THE JOYS OF BUILDING


Often, to prepare them for what’s to come, we will say to clients that there are ten thousand decisions to make when building a house I’ve never counted the exact number but it seems like a fair guess! Throughout the decision-making process, architects offer guidance and frequently take on a sounding board role so clients have someone to bounce ideas around with to ensure a confident decision that will not compromise the critical path But, building our bach, I am both

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 13 – AND IT BEGINS…


Woo Hoo! We have finally got consent!! The start date is looming and we are almost ready to go!! I’ve made the decision to invest a week of time tying up the loose ends, I’m an obsessive list maker and need to feel like I’m ticking things off before we get onsite, meeting up with Aaron to check we are on the same page should also help with the anxiety that is building!
I have now fully realised the perils of our choices in the documentation process, not drawing the fabrication

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 12 – PRICING ANGUISH


As we had made the decision to work with Aaron and California Homes early in the piece, much of the tension was taken out of the way a project normally proceeds There was no tender process to select the best price, we knew Aaron was the best fit for the project and was the obvious choice But like many of my clients, I’m worried that we have to put our complete trust in Aaron, trust is all we have got to rely on And that can be a scary

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 11 – REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT


As the title of my first blog suggests Ange and I see the bach as a legacy for our family to enjoy for many years to come We hope that our family will own it for a long time and our daughters will continue to use it long after we’ve gone However, we are mindful that while we have committed capital into it, we don’t want it to remain a financial burden for us or our daughters

Many of our clients have similar mindsets, they are in a stage of

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 10 – THE FIGHT FOR THE FOLLY


The moment has arrived, it is finally time to lodge for consent! Neville and the team at Kirk Roberts have finished the documentation and all the certification has been done I’ve written (and re-written!) my resource consent application arguments fighting our case, now all we can do is wait Wait to see if the council approves our design, wait to see if they buy into our Kiwi Bach dream, wait to see if we can actually make this a reality

As I have mentioned previously, this whole process has been a challenge

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 9 – A HANDY MAN


In parallel with all of our design changes, we are also trying to appoint new people to the team, some of whom are struggling with our concepts! One of the many advantages of using CAD drafting systems is that the 3D models that drop out of them can be rendered to produce realistic images These renders allow us to start seeing the finished product, how the bach fits into the environment, the views from different windows and really start to get a feel for how it all works together

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 8 – UNIQUE SMALL STRUCTURES OR BORING STORAGE SHEDS?


It didn’t take me long to fall back in love with our design, the simplicity of the structures and the way they flow together on the site is exactly what we wanted, I just needed a little push to fully commit All along we have crafted the design to maintain the character and qualities of a bach, embracing the look of being ‘hand-made’ Now that we have committed to a design, I feel I want to take this notion a step further, not hiding behind gib stopping and painting

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 7 – OVERCOME WITH DOUBT


As many husbands will tell you, it can be very difficult to know when your wife is unhappy about something But as all wives will declare, it can take a jack hammer to the head to make your husband notice how you are feeling After years of marriage I know I should have picked up on it sooner, Ange was noticeably unconvinced about the folly She couldn’t get her head around the sheer purposelessness of the structure nor the need for it to be so vastly different from the

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 6 – EVOLUTION OF THE FOLLY


A Folly! It used to be that every wealthy Estate in England would have at least one folly on their grounds Ranging from mock Roman temples, Egyptian pyramids, Tatar tents and all variety of unusual and striking designs Traditionally appearing to have no practice purpose, simply providing decoration and a symbol of status, ultimately the term is used to describe a small building that shows folly or foolishness on behalf of the builder  Can we adapt that concept for our own use? Stretch the notion of pushing the boundaries

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 5 – JUMPING ON THE DESIGN TRAIN


Now that we have all had a break over Christmas, it is time to get back into it Time to reassure Jade and Aaron this is a project they want to be involved in

With a team in place, we need to sell the whole notion of what we are trying to achieve We need them to buy into our dream I wonder if Pinot and Beer will help seal the deal…

Getting the team around the table to thrash out some ideas, I set down some instructions; we want them

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 4 – THE A TEAM


Instead of jumping on a plane to Europe to dodge decisions, I know we need to initiate new members into our team to get this project off the ground So far, our design team has simply consisted of the four of us but to achieve the result we want, our design team will need to expand, incorporating a builder and engineer

When recommending an external consultant to clients, I consider the best fit for the project and for the personalities involved, the uniqueness of the build and competency of the

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 3 – KIWI CAMPING COMPROMISES


Up until this point I have not had to be an architect, but simply a father, a husband and an investor Now that the purchase of the site is finalised, we have to decide what buildings we are going to put on it My first response is to start drawing So I do Like a mad man It isn’t until I show my family the initial sketches that I realise the misstep I have taken Although Angela appreciated the work in my designs, I did not consult her or

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 2 – TIME TO MAKE DECISIONS


The questions sure are piling up quickly! It’s as though as soon as one decision is made, another follows requiring immediate attention I can now truly appreciate how overwhelmed some of our clients must feel in the beginning stages of their design and build journey, with so many details to be finalised, the initial excitement can so quickly turn to stress!

Before we can begin discussing our options, I set my family a challenge; to really think about the way they want to live in the bach and to consider

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 1 – A LEGACY FOR MY FAMILY


Like many kiwis, my wife Angela and I have often dreamed of building a holiday home to enjoy with family and friends as we grow older A bach to make the most of this beautiful country, a private paradise to escape the daily grind with little notice, a home away from home to create memories with our family About 12 years ago we were very close to making that dream a reality, very nearly purchasing a site, but after some considerable deliberation; we determined it simply wasn’t the right

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