Will be easy/quick to sell when you decide to move on too.
Insulate, insulate, insulate.
Disrespective:mattwnz:Yeah, exactly. And Wellington is full of old cold damp buildings. I have to make sure I buy land on the 'right' side of the hills or else the house would never get sun in the winter... not ideal.Disrespective: Trust me, I know it won't be simple. I'm not expecting fancy. I just don't see the reason why I should buy something old I don't love when I can build something new I do love, even if it is smaller.
I think the main reason I wouldn't go for something old, would be due to lack of insulation and double glazing. Also you have unknowns like rewiring, replumbing, repiling , reroofing etc. Sometimes it can be cheaper to build than, to refurbish. I would like to see the government drop GST on new builds to help NZ build more homes, which would bring the price down alot. But there are still some nice old buildings out there, and some very nice architecturally designed houses from between the 60's - 90', designed by well known architects, which are built to very high spec and well designed, which are very good value. Although you do have to watch out for the black plumbing in the 70's-90's ones. Would be interested in seeing your designs. I graduated from Vic with a BArch myself.
I have been working on a few renovations around Wellington in the last wee while and a few were architecturally designed and are terribly detailed. Mostly because architects pre 1995 were often times just as cowboy as the builders. I'm dealing with plenty of leaky details from well known architects... I don't need that sort of trouble in my life right now, even if it is a neat status symbol in my industry to own a well known architect's design. Too many unknown variables when not building new or buying near new.
When did you graduate? I'm not that far out of Uni (still haven't gotten around to registering) but was draughting for a few years before so think I know my way around. I recently worked on a number of affordable housing designs for the Axis housing in Hobsonville so think i'm pretty current with my cheap home ideas, heh. My designs and details are a bit more evolved from that but still similar.