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Friday, July 3, 2009

We're camping in our house

Dumplings, we're closing in on our moving date. The last of our online auctions ended yesterday, and by tomorrow afternoon our refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, Dyson, and dining room chairs will all be picked up. We'll be left with running water and a cooktop, camping in our house.

I thought you might enjoy a house tour with pictures from when we first moved in. I would show you photos of the place now, but it is a wreck at the moment.

I picked this house for its Brady Bunch brick wall and open floor plan - very American in feel. That Mini Cooper-sized space heater malfunctioned our first week and filled the house with natural gas. The Pea and I were nearly asphyxiated.

Kiwi rentals do not come with "whiteware" - fridge, microwave, washer or dryer. Renters are expected to drag that stuff from house to house. A major expense and a royal pain in the ass. The cooktop in our kitchen is fed by a natural gas tank located underneath the sink. Just like a barbeque grill.

The great room has windows that wrap and look out to the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Alps mountain range.

We rarely used the deck because it is about to fall off the back of the house. While I love the look of the place, this house is very poorly built. We have battled drafty windows, insufficient heating, a lack of ventilation, zero insulation, and black mold. But those are typical of nearly all Kiwi houses. It's no wonder 25% of children here have asthma.

Because the climate is wet and temperate, anything green grows like crazy. Thinking about our gardening bills makes me crazypants.

That wooden fan thing collapsed in a fierce windstorm in the first few months we lived here. And that is not a path, it's our narrow heart-attack inducing 30% grade driveway.

Which leads to what Debi's husband dubbed the "carhole." If you would like a peeky at other homes in our neighborhood, check out previous posts here and here.

12 comments:

only a movie said...

I love everything about that house. Even the sagging deck.
Good luck w/ the camping...

Decorina said...

30% grade? Ack. I sense real relief in your voice to be leaving. What is your actual departure day, considering that you arrive on the 12th and lose a day in the process?

Back Garage said...

I am shocked, SHOCKED by that strange custom of having to move appliances. A fridge? Yiye!

Raina said...

Since we cross the date line, we arrive the same day we leave. If we manage our sleep well on our flights, we shouldn't be too terribly jetlagged, D.

nkp said...

You'll miss it a little, won't you? It is a rather sweet house. Happy Fourth! Next year in the good ol' U S of A! ;0)

David said...

It's fun, but drafty and moldy? Yeah, come on home. I can't wait to see what cool spot you pick in Denver.

I also can't wait for this winter when you post a photo titled "Me, the Pea, and LB, on skiis."

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

Im surprised the hauling of the fridge & washing machine isnt standard all over - here in Oz we have too.The thought of some previous tenants manky fridge - gross! i would much rather have my own!
and on to matters of drafts & bad ventilation in NZ homes- I heard the NZ government have given $$ to fix that in peeps homes & which has in turn lowered the hospital loads as people arent getting as sick? if its true you gotta say thats a ballsy move!

hello gorgeous said...

What a cute house! It is so Brady!

Carhole. Nyuck, nyuck.

fromtherightbank.com said...

Thanks for the tour. A view of the Pacific? I think I could overlook some major defects for that! Happy 4th!

sherri said...

love that house.

Maria Killam said...

Love and adore your house! What a great space, you are so lucky to be there!!

Raina said...

Thanks, Maria, and welcome to this deliciousness!