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Project Diary | A New Home in New Zealand - Episode 4 (Season Interlude)

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Working with your designer + other project insights | Podcast Season Interlude | Undercover Architect

This season gives answers to some of my most frequently asked questions. And we introduce a new project - a family home being built in New Zealand.
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This episode introduces a new Project Diary on the Undercover Architect website – the design and construction of a new home in New Zealand. 

This is a project I designed for the owners late last year, and so, in this episode, I share how the design process went, and how I worked with these homeowners to create the design for their future forever family home. 

So, what’s a Project Diary? Well, it’s where we follow the journey of someone who is building or renovating their home. There are already 2 Project Diaries on the Undercover Architect website. 

One is the renovation of a Queenslander cottage, and the other is the construction of a new family home for the Andersons. These project diaries go step by step through their journey … from their design process, their quoting, their selection of a builder and then the construction and completion of the home. It’s really great if you’re planning a project yourself to see how another family did theirs, and what they learnt along the way. 

And it’s the Andersons that we’re following again.  

See, late last year, they got an offer they couldn’t refuse to relocate back to New Zealand, which is where they’re originally from. They put their home on the market, it sold quickly and they found a large block of land in New Zealand. They worked with me to create design for their home, and they’re now working with a local draftsperson, builder and other consultants to kick their project off. 

And they’ve kindly invited us along for the ride. So, I thought I’d use this podcast episode to give you an insight into how the initial design for their home was created.  

And then over the coming months, I’ll be sharing more information, as well as photos and videos from their building site in New Zealand. Whilst I’ve never seen it in person, the Andersons are awesome at photographing the progress, and even taking drone footage. So, you’ll get a great chance to see how this project unfolds in the months ahead. 

In this episode, I’ll be sharing with you how the Andersons briefed me on their needs, wants and wishes for this home, and the designs I created as a result. You’ll also be able to check out these designs by heading to the website >>> head to  

Listen to the episode for more info now.  


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