House Love


I’m bored!. My cable tv is buggered and i have to sit and wait for a few hours before they will entertain arranging a technician to visit, so i thought i would indulge in one of my favourite ways of wasting a few hours – looking at houses. I quite often browse the NZ, UK & Aus housing market in the vain hope the money tree i planted finally crops and i can buy myself a home.

I decided, as i looked at a bungalow i really like, that i would do a post on my favourite style of house and the one i would try to buy if i ever get the chance.

the style is referred in NZ as ‘California bungalow’ and it’s typically a weatherboard home on one level. it has a typical street frontage appearance so it easy to spot, and i think the interior layout will follow a few basic plans, with variations as people renovate them. i have been inside a few in my days with Plunket so i know how beautiful they are on the inside.


another house (and the one that got my house lust juices fired up today – would love to make this mine)


heres an idea of a floor plan ( for the above house)


you typically enter the house on the side of the property, and this can either be set into the side or via a porch attached to the side of the building.

the homes should have beautiful wood detailing in the hallways and living areas, bay windows, leadlight and decorative glass in the panes, and beautiful fireplaces. if you are lucky you might find orginal pantries and built-ins in the living or dining rooms.

i have managed to find potos of the wood panelling in both its orginal state, and in another house, painted white. I like the white paint, but not with the red above!.

heres the orginal wood panelling for the house i covert


and the panelling in another property that has been painted white


if you look closely, it looks like there might be some builts next to the fireplace on the right of the photo – cant make out if they are orginal or not however.

the same propety shows the panelled hallway


and a beautiful pantry ( a rarity these days – they’ve usually been remodelled)


another example of hallway panelling


sadly, the rest of the above house has been stripped of its orginal features over time.

i’ve managed to find an example of built-ins, the next 2 photos show either side of the same built in, meaning that it will open from both sides.



this house above is in an area of Christchurch that i dont know well, but i know has alot of examples of this style of house. the house is on a huge section and hasnt been touched for years – hence the original kitchen in the above photo.

so, there you have it, my favourite type of kiwi house.

(all the photos were taken from house listings on a real estate website, and there is links to the various houses where i found the photos.)


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