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House Crush


time for another look at a property i’d buy if i could!.

this one on situated on Lyttleton Harbour and is somewhere i’d definitely like to live. the only down side for me at the moment is the earth quakes – living on the harbour means you’re on the other side of the Port Hills from the city of Christchurch, and in my case, access to my parents, should there be problems with the road over the hill or the tunnel through the hills.

heres the link to the real estate listing for more pics

its a small 2 bedroom home facing north, overlooking water – my dream combination. remember all you northern hemisphere types – facing north is the same as facing south for you guys – the way to catch the sun!.

the pictures arent brilliant in size, and if they are hard to see here, have a look at the link as you can see enough that way.

the outside facade..

nothing a fresh coat of paint and some garden tidying wouldnt solve. look at all the sun hitting the building!.

charteris bay1

the view from the front of the property – yes please!.

charteris bay2

the living area – i can imagine a comfy chair in the corner by the windows in the second photo – a great place to crochet and cross stitch as you watched the sailing on the harbour!.

charteris bay3

charteris bay4

a quaint little kitchen

charteris bay5

a deck outside to enjoy the view, warmth and sunshine – esp with a glass of something cool!.

charteris bay6

it needs a log burner and a cat, and i’d be quite happy there!.

ok, the pictures have not come up well at all, you’ll have to look at the link for a better idea!.


House Crush


so, while i’ve been watching the rugby this afternoon, i’ve been doing some window shopping on the NZ real estate website!. hot on the heels of reading alot of the slow living posts i’ve been looking at lifestyle blocks and i’ve fallen in lurve…..

with this property….


its about 15 acres in North Canterbury, with a home that follows the style i love. lots of room to create a self reliant lifestyle as much as possible. lots of shelter from the winds that blow across the Canterbury Plains.

I’d have a big vegetable garden, an orchard and berries, and a herb garden. a greenhouse or polytunnel, a house cow, a few sheep and pigs, and of course some cats :-). Solar panels on the roof and a rain harvesting system on all the buildings to be as self reliant as possible!.

inside the interior is dated but liveable til it could be up dated. it has a log burner to keep me warm in the winter and enough rooms to have a dedicated craft room!.

its about 40mins north of Christchurch, and maybe about 20mins from a good friend.

short of not being able to afford it, on paper it seems a good place for me!!.

Dreams are free……

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 isĀ referred in NZ asĀ ‘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.)