Project Rolleston v0.5

juicy updates!

driveway and service court – in progress.


front view

kitchen – done. it only took a day for the contractor to finish installing the kitchen. they just put the pieces together and boom…kitchen finished! but look at those misplaced double plugs! we’ll have it fix definitely.



electricians will come over to fit in the lights this week. also expecting for the delivery of kitchen appliances.


  • coffee table – later, no budget!
  • bar stools – later, no budget!!
  • dining set – keen on buying a new one but but later, no budget!!! will use our old one instead. lol.
  • rug – search in progress
  • floor lamp – waiting for delivery. yay!
  • wall clock – waiting for delivery. hoorah!
  • couch and fridge – payment in progress and to be delivered once we move in. yay!!!

we need money so planning to sell my kidneys to the black market. joke! haha.


Project Rolleston v0.4

we can almost see the finish line ahead of us! every time we visit the site, we’re getting more and more excited especially now that the house is 80% complete. the interior paint is done and only needs to be touch up once the flooring is completed. we requested for a viewing from our project manager and he is gracious to meet us this morning to show us around the house and informed us on  any updates.

new accomplishments:
– interior painting
– shelving
– vanities installed
– bath tub installed
– doors and handles installed
– garage door installed

working in progress:
– kitchen installation (which is really our favorite, hubby is getting territorial when speaking about the kitchen. hahaha!)
– driveway and service court concrete

coming soon:
– internal fence on both sides
– front landscaping
– electrical fittings
– plumbing fittings

they gave us a tentative completion date which is end of july and after that, there will be an inspection from the builder as well as the council. NZ is particular on safety so they ensure that the house is built within the standard and safe for dwelling. amazing isn’t it? once the city council grants us the certificate of compliance, the builder will give us the list of variations and our final bill and tad-ah – settlement time! i feel excited about moving in but please not too fast because i still need my august pay! ha ha.


walk in closet


kitchen installation






inside the garage




laundry room



makes me sooooooo excited to do my online shopping. but then…


…my life in a nutshell😉


Project Rolleston v0.3

things are getting exciting!!! our friends already moved in to their new house and just seeing their finished product makes us more excited for our turn. we have the same home building company so i know that our house will be as nice as theirs. i sent an email to our project manager and asked for updates and here’s his update:

  • finished internal plastering

i don’t know what that means so have to google it. this is a photo i got from the internet similar to what our house looks like from the inside.


photo credits to

  • painting started this week and will go on for the next 2-3 weeks. once painting is done, kitchen installation will be next. this is my most favorite part…can’t wait!

the color selections

the external is almost done except for concrete, external landscape, fence and service court. madami pa pala, haha.

won’t be too long!


Project Rolleston v0.2

i’m at home today, looking after bubs who got sick during the weekend. i think he got a stomach bug again because he was vomiting which started last friday with a spell of diarrhea too. it’s hard for me and my husband when bibi gets sick because either of us needs to stay at home to take care of the kid. no yaya, no aunties, no grandparentals – just me and hubby all day everyday!!! here in new zealand, kids who go to preschool are more vulnerable in catching diseases because daycare is one of the common breeding place of germs. we’ve already exhausted all our sick leaves because baby got sickly ever since he joined preschool. every month, i have at least a day of sick leave only because my son contracted some disease – again.

anyway, we visited the site yesterday to see if there are updates since our last visit a week ago.

updates (yay):

  • laying of bricks as cladding (external)
  • laying of electrical wiring and added wall insulation inside the house (internal)

i hope that when we go back next week, the bricks cladding is already finish. i’m excited to see once they start working on the inside of the house particularly the kitchen area. here are some of my kitchen inspiration looks (photo credit: houzz).:)

scandinavian-kitchen (1)

clean simple look


my dream kitchen with pendant lights on it:)

i personally would like to make the house look cozy, homey, clean and simple. most of the looks i got are Scandinavian inspired which i really like – minimalist, clean and simple looking. can’t imagine living in a house full of glass, fancy hotel like and super sowshal…especially having a toddler around!

most likely will be back to work tomorrow. i’m always excited motivated to work now because of the house (and because we are getting a home loan soon). yikes!


Project Rolleston v0.1

i’ve always been wanting to share this news but husband and i have decided not to share it in social media as we both feel that only the people close to us will feel happy about it.

no, i’m not pregnant. haha! in fact, this news that i’m going to share will prevent me from being pregnant…well at least for the next two years.:)

i’ve decided to document our first home journey or we shall call it “project rolleston”, only here in my blog page. yay!

so why “project rolleston”? it’s because that’s the town where we are going to have our first home. the idea of owning our own house came last year around september or october when one of our friends kept on complaining how high the rental rates here in christchurch. we all thought of instead paying a rent that will make the landlords rich, why not have our own place and pay for that instead. it may take us years to finish paying it but it’s still ours and we have something to leave for our son.

stage 1 (sept – oct): together with our couple friend, we spent most weekends visiting open homes and show homes. looking at the beautiful houses and designs make us more want to have our own place!

stage 2 (oct – nov): after we convinced ourselves that we are ready to have our first home (and commit ourselves to the scary mortgage world), we approached some home building companies and talk to them about our requirements. since we have a limited budget, we limited our requirements to a basic 3 bedroom house, an open area for dining and kitchen, a living room, 1 toilet and bath separate and a garage. i requested to have the toilet and bath be removed from the master’s room simply because I HATE CLEANING TOO MANY TOILETS. we limited our choice to two home building companies as the more choices we have, the more confusing it will be. so we did our research and approached the two with most positive reviews. we also started looking for a section, since we are planning to build from scratch which is cheaper compared to buying an already built home and land package.

stage 3 (nov): we were able to choose the home building company that gave us the best plan based on our requirements and also provided the best flexibility in terms of payment. this company offered turnkey solution which means we just have to pay the 5% of the contract price and they will build the house without us paying for anything. we will just wait for the house to be completed and after that we will settle the rest of the amount. we also got the section we like, a spacious 700sqm section, because it was one of the cheapest that time. now i realize, the large section has a downside because the maintenance will burn our wallets.

stage 4 (nov): we signed the contract after being reviewed by our solicitor.

stage 5 (nov): we paid the 5% deposit. we are also talking to the mortgage broker so he can get the best deal for our home loan aka “mangungutang na sa bangko – my goodness”.

stage 6 (nov – dec): we had a meeting with the project manager handling our project. he gave us the contact list of suppliers to approach. this is the most exciting yet happy stressful stage of the build because this is the time we choose the look and feel of the house like color of bricks, wall paint color, plumbing like what toilet seat and tapware i like. by the way, choosing tapware is exciting! if there is any deviation from the basic plan and our choices, it’s considered an upgrade and we’ll have to pay the extra which they call “variation”. this variation will then be itemized during the settlement date. i learned that there are 50 or more shades of grey and white, sleek and elegant tapware and the best looking toilet seats. it’s tempting to get the best ones and work within the budget at the same time.

stage 7 (dec – feb): after we signed the variations and finalised the choices for our home, the home building company is also working on their side making sure that consents are requested and granted for the construction to officially start.

stage 8 (mar): construction officially started. it’s exciting how your dreams start to unfold in front of your eyes.








currently (may): the house is almost complete from the outside but there are still lots of outstanding work to be done from inside like painting, build the kitchen, electricity wiring and flooring. most of the time i look for home inspiration looks using the houzz app in my phone. i want a scandinavian minimalist look for the house…because our money is minimalist too! ha ha ha.

we were given a tentative settlement date of august and most likely to move in by september. still got extra time to save more money for the settlement date which involves paying the partial down payment, professional fee for the lawyer, moving in costs and also buying new furnitures and appliance.

exciting…yay! paying…nay! apart from bills and daycare fees, the looming mortgage fees really scares me. we haven’t done much shopping in a while because of this project but looking at it, everything is all worth it and we are excited to move in to our new house this coming spring.:)