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Don't worry, cayugaflash, we don't have reptiles in NZ that would worry a child (the odd charming skink - a tiny lizard - perhaps, but we are completely snake free and no nasties. You might be thinking of Australia?). There is an enormous fenced yard, including trees for the children to play in - we are lucky enough to be very freestyle here with our children's play. The lower level garden is vege plot, the upper area was retained against a neighbouring slope, and the plants in that are native tree ferns and other trees that will grow to quite some size in the almost-sub-tropical climate of that area within a matter of a couple of years.

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BK Design

Hi everyone. Thank you all so much for such great feedback on our family home! We are so very humbled with your lovely responses. We are still absolutely loving living in our little family home and have recently made a few little mods/additions, (which were cost restrictive at the time we built the place) that you might like to hear about.

We have added an opening louvre roof from LouvreSystems to the stacker slider off the living room, creating a covered outdoor area. This allows us to fully maximise the use of the deck area, in all weather conditions.

We've also installed a SmartVent Evolve home ventilation system, with the added summer feature. This provides ventilation to the house all year round and has so far been great at reducing moisture in the house, among other benefits.

Our oldest son Seb has grown since the the house was completed, so has his need for space to play. When we moved in, he was just over 1 year old. We wanted an area where he could play, but still be safe and within our field of view, so it was logical (and cost effective) that we fence off the back of the property. As he has grown, so has his awareness and confidence. We have now fully fenced and gated the entire property. Seb can now safely ride and roam the front and back yards without us having to worry. His younger brother Elliot, however, is a different story :-)

For those of you wondering on the house footprint, it is roughly 13.8m x 8.2m.

Again, thank you so much for the wonderful comments and all the best to you all.

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Action Ecology

As we are about to launch into our own reno in Aotearoa, I was wondering if that was $185k USD or NZ?


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