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!