Iona’s new home

site hiresThis is me on the banks of our mighty Awa on our cleared site. And here is a pencil perspective of what she’ll look like as part of the new tinyhouse. More about the boat itself in another post – for this one, just know she’ll be on her side, with what is now the deck facing out towards the river. There’ll be a new extension out there, mostly in the shape of the boat, and that’ll have a boat-shaped front face with beautiful timber joinery, all the better to take in the view. You’ll be able to sit in the huge open doorway, watching the river roll by, in absolute peace. Currently we’re waiting for the construction prices to come in – amazingly I had a call from a quantity surveyor who realised that he’d once worked on the boat, years ago in Otago while a member of the Merchant Navy!  I’ve had several calls like this, which I’ll tell you about – I love that the Iona is already part of Aotearoa’s history, she already has many stories to tell – and the building will be a mix of old and new materials too, continuing that history but adding to it, making a new story.Perspec from backfinal crop

Launching the Iona

Taking possession of an old brass porthole can really make you feel a project has begun! It was two years ago that we bought an old Kauri boat hull, sight unseen, and had it transported for 7 hours to Whanganui. My architectural practice was busy but after years of realising the dreams of others, I wanted to do something just for me, something that had meaning. I wanted to be able to make something for the little me inside who still loves playhouses, something my children would enjoy, something old, something new, something magical. So Iona was born – and today we have a site right next to the magisterial Whanganui river, a consent to build, and – a 5kg serious-looking brass porthole! Bring on the Iona: Little House on the Big River!porthole

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