Not where I intended to take this post — and I’ll steer it back onto the original path soon, but… It just struck me that everything with my Mother and the additional care she required from us kids only started a bit over a year ago. I posted regarding going on a semi-hiatus in April, and it was perhaps a bit before that — so March — that things got particularly bad.

So not even eighteen months, but I guess with how all-encompassing it often felt… and yeah, I suppose how oppressive and draining as well… It felt like a lifetime. Now that it’s done, I feel more like five or so years have passed over the last year and a bit. So strongly so that the fact it was, in the grand scheme of things, such a short time is striking me quite discordantly. There were so many changes over that period, some really quite extreme, reconciling them to so short a time at this end of things seems… strange.

Very few of those life changes were things I had any choice over, but the ones coming up — and these are the ones I intended to speak to — very much are my choice. Well- mine and my family’s.

We’re moving.

To a whole new city, in an entirely different part of the country.

The city we’re in now, I’ve lived there my entire life. More than that — I’ve lived within perhaps a 20km radius within that city for my entire life.

My sister spent time working and living abroad in Dubai, years ago, when things were easier. My brother is likely soon to head to Sydney with his partner. So I suppose it feels a bit like my time.

It started out with simply a desire to build a newer home. That was it. Probably somewhere close by. Probably a smaller, newer, home. Maybe even a townhouse or something of that nature!

Things… Escalated pretty quickly.

That, more or less, is the new home we’re looking to have built in our new city. We’ve made some small customisations to the basic plan, and added a few features on, but that is pretty much the bones of what we’re looking to do.

It’s bigger than our current home, so the opposite direction of what we intended — but hey, at least it hits the ‘newer’ part right on! Going from a 1970’s build house to a 2020’s, so a good 50 years of difference in design and build there.

I’m excited, but at the same time… It’s a big move! And brother and sister will be further away than they’ve ever been (with the exception of the Dubai years for my sister, of course). But it’ll be a while yet. Ground hasn’t broken on construction — we’re still working through the finalisation of the paperwork. Once that’s done, it’s probably still some 8-10 months before we can take the home for ours and move into it.

I hope this isn’t a move we regret. I have no real dissatisfaction with where we are now (location wise)… Well; except for traffic I guess. I don’t think we will — but guess we won’t know til we’re there and settled in a bit!

This was posted during Blaugust 2023, the annual blogging event hosted by Belghast. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

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Roger Edwards · August 6, 2023 at 2:19 am

First off, good luck and I hope all goes well, as and when you move. I’m very interested by your post. Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m assuming there is a home development that allows you to pick various designs and customise them. Sounds very exciting. Also, I am not au fait with building per se in your home country. Are homes mainly timber framed like the US, or brick or block built? Or is it a mixture of both and it’s where you live that determines the choice? I like watching property programs, you see :)

    Naithin · August 6, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for the well wishes, Roger.

    And yes, you’re correct — there are a number of developers that have plan books you can peruse, and then select a base you wish to start from that best matches your preferences.

    Customisation ranges from simply improving on the default spec of a certain item (e.g., switching to a walk-in tiled shower vs. acrylic shower box, but otherwise in the same location, or adding in a ducted heat pump system) through to, ‘Can we shift this wall out here and give more space to the bedrooms?’

    After we picked the base plan we wanted, we were given the standard specifications for everything in it, then another book of optional extras.

    Still to come will be selecting the colours of everything from the garage doors to the bricks, to the bench tops, carpet, you name it.

    Timber framing is very much the norm here though, yep. Wrapped around that, can still have a range of options from the (in my opinion) awful monolithic cladding styles (huge driver of the ‘leaky home’ problem NZ had with early 2000’s builds), to weather board, to brick , to some combination thereof.

    The design we went with actually has a mix of wooden and brick exterior. I’ll upload a render of the place and link it to you for an idea, although noting that it very much does not reflect our colour choices, this was their default render. xD

    Naithin · August 6, 2023 at 11:02 am

    That’s what it more or less looks like from a street view, although as noted in prior comment, not with our colour selections reflected.

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