I don’t know… now I’m very conflicted. Placemakers came back to Nick and said that doing the flooring in macrocarpa (which was always our intention) rather than the heart Rimu which they’d quoted on (because the silly architects hadn’t specified anything) would cut the quote down by $40,000. So now its looking within the realms of possibility. And Jason has suggested talking to an architect friend about where we might trim costs.
The question still remains though should we struggle on and push our finances to the limit to get the house that we want or are we better to compromise and get a smaller off-the-rack house and be in quicker and have the money to spend on other farm things and/or pay off some more mortgage.
Another possible house company: http://www.characterbuilders.co.nz/ I really like their 1880s houses.