Seems like it was just yesterday when Myrthe and myself returned back to New Zealand. After a wonderful 10 year stint in the Netherlands, it was finally time to return home and reconnect with New Zealand. Back to all of its quirky traditions and beautiful coastlines.

At long last, I will get the chance to build a barn style home on a rural block and recapture the farming lifestyle I was all so familiar with. However, as soon as that thought had landed, Myrthe said, “You’ve brought me to New Zealand. Is that not country enough?”.

My train of thought went from 180 to 0 in seconds – literally! I had fallen for a Dutch girl who just loved the city and all it had to offer. She felt most comfortable when walking amongst the crowds; stepping in between the people on the crowded Dutch beaches. So the dream to build a house on a rural ground was put on hold. Although not forgotten. Ever since then, I was hopeful that time would be the key factor, in changing her mind.

So the dream to build a house on a rural ground was put on hold. Although not forgotten. To be honest, since that point I was hopeful that time would be the key factor, in changing her mind.

After 11 years of living in the suburbs, we received a text from a friend proposing a block of land in Waitoki. It had been on the market for quite some time. Always keen for a country walk, the girls jumped into their gummies and the rest is history.

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The Building Process 

We totally fell in love with this property. In no time, the long process of selling our existing home, resource consent to subdivide the new property had finally begun.

There are 22 acres of the most beautiful native bush. We couldn’t be more excited about embarking on this family vision. Although it will progress over the next 1.5 years, it all seems worthwhile when it’s a project for oneself.

So our project to build a house in Waitoki begins with this short video of the first stage of tree felling 2200 hundred pines trees to open the two building sites up for the sun to come through. This stage will take between 2-3 months as it’s a tricky site within a SEA area with the most spectacular native bush.

We’ll keep you up to date as we progress through this 18 month project, where we will be building our dream barn style home, perched on top of the ridgeline, exposed to all the elements!

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Clearing the site

The main site is almost cleared of all pines. Working within a SEA (Significant ecological Area) requires skill fellers who know how to directional fell massive 45 year old pines. The transformation has been staggering. Now, the pines no longer towering over the natives, allowing the sun to shine on the natives. We are also able to see the incredible views right through to Orewa. The mammoth clean up process now begins. This will dress this piece of land and draw your eye to the mature native.

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