And So The Dream Continues


So I haven’t posted in a while about the house and what is happening with that.  And so the dream continues with it being truly exciting and extremely scary all in one big hit but so the dream continues!  I think I have said before that I feel so amazingly lucky to be building a house in Queenstown, New Zealand or just anywhere really.  Of course financially we are probably crazy, but life is for living right?  Whether it is forever or just a few years the more I learn and grow the more I realise I just want to experience and not worry too much about the what if’s.  That can be incredibly hard and depends on your situation but sometimes you just have to not worry if it doesn’t work out, or how it will affect the kids, will we all be okay, will we financially be okay.  You just have to do it.  Step in.  Take the plunge.  LIVE!!! (Yes I am having one of those euphoric moments, tomorrow I will probably be back to stressing about something again, just embrace it with me)making life changes

So we are at the stage that the structural engineer is in and drawing as we speak.  His draftsman is getting the final drawings ready for us to put to tender to the builder.  The structural engineer is an important person.  I haven’t met him, don’t know him and I haven’t spoken to him.  I do know his bill is a reasonable size but he is very important.  He is liaising with our architect and making sure that the house is well, structurally sound.  You know, like earthquake-proof and all that stuff.  Yes that is a worry for me (earthquakes in general), but also that the architects know what they are doing and building something that will actually work, cause that would really suck if it didn’t.  So they finish the drawings off the design of the architect to make sure it will stand up and all that, that’s my fancy way of describing it.  So it is quite funny to never have met someone but know that they are contributing to your dreams in a big way.

So, apparently they are well underway and once they have finished in the next month we then have plans to put to the builder for tender.  We have a couple of preferred builders so hopefully they will take on our job but most importantly, take it on in the budget!!  Their quote needs to reflect what we can afford so we are crossing all fingers and toes that this all goes smoothly.  We are looking for the build to start in the next 2-3 months.

So I feel crazy that we are building in New Zealand when we aren’t there but wildly excited about what is going to happen over the next year.  Every time I go to New Zealand I feel something so special and I know that is because my mum has shared her love of her home country with me, but she isn’t making it up and it isn’t just her who feels it.  It is beautiful and wonderful and the people are wonderful.  There is a vibe with each area we visit.  Each part of New Zealand I have been to has its own heart beat.  So I feel pretty lucky to now feel like I might be a little part of that too.

Queenstown Hill



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  • Reply Amy 31/07/2016 at 7:58 pm

    Yay glad to read this! Imagine if you didn’t take the chance… You’d always wonder what if. Exciting times! 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Sell 18/07/2016 at 5:53 pm

    What an exciting time for you! Scary, yes, but the best dreams often are!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 18/07/2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you!! Yes that is so true!! I will definitely remember that in the times I am dreaming out! ?

  • Reply The Year Of The Daffodil 16/07/2016 at 5:57 am

    So exciting! I think you and your family are awesome and so adventurous . So true, life is for living. If you ever do a South Island road trip you are always welcome to come say hi if you come through Nelson 🙂

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 16/07/2016 at 9:01 am

      It sure is and definitely don’t want to have too many “what if I had…” moments! Oh thank you! Absolutely! We definitely will do road trips as there is so much to check out in the south, we have travelled around but the kids haven’t!

  • Reply Casey 15/07/2016 at 10:06 pm

    Sounds like you are making the dream happen girl! Very exciting!

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