Building Diaries Part 8: Interior :


Towards the end of a building project, things come together very quickly as your house turns from building site into a home. This last month has been a huge transformation and we are now, finally, living in our home. This final blog post covers wall finishings, carpet, flooring, kitchens and bathrooms. As with any builder’s home, there are still lots of finishing touches to do; bench seats, built in bookcases, custom concrete wall and landscaping, some architraves and skirting too. However we can live without these for now and will work on them over the next few months.


Most of our house has been painted in Resene ‘Full Merino’ by the friendly team at Inside Job. The entry wall  has been painted in Resene ‘Gumboot’, and a few of the walls in the kids bunkroom will be painted in a chalkboard version of Gumboot.

gumboot paint, merino paint, front foor, building nz,

(Custom macrocarpa skirting still to go on)



As our house is constructed from triboard, it has a high standard of airtightness already. However in the scissor truss living room we didn't have a triboard ceiling, so instead installed some Intello airtight wrap from proclima, underneath the ply ceiling.


intello wrap, proclima, buildme, building nz, airtight home, building nz



We have lined the kids bunkroom and the stairwell with ply. This not only creates a fun looking feature but will hopefully prevents these high-use areas from being trashed by four sets of kiddy hands. The ply was blonded and then varnished. We also used the same feature in the open living area ceiling. 


plywood walls, blonded, ply, interior design,, kids bunkroom


ply, plywood, bunkroom, kids bunks, building nz ,, ikea bunk


ply, plywood, blonded, living room, building nz ,, ikea light

Concrete Panels

This is on the to do list - Sam is going to create a thin layer of concrete form work that will cover one side of the window lined hallway. Will also use this around the yet-to-be-installed gas fire place.

hallway, haro flooring, gable, passive heating 


We love the cedar feature wall in master bedroom. Sam created this by painting the wall black, then installed strips of cedar which had been sanded and coated with linseed oil. We will also do a cedar feature ceiling in the media room using the same technique.

cedar, feature wall, copper pendant, building nz,



We ordered our kitchen over a year and half ago from IKEA in Australia, including Gnosjo style cabinetry, timber bench tops, the butler sink and scullery sink. While we love the kitchen, and think it is great quality (all IKEA kitchens are backed by a 25year guarantee - not that we can redeem from here), it is not a process I would recommend. Our flatpack kitchen was delivered to my sister's place on the Gold Coast, then shipped in a container to NZ, along with some other kitchens we used for an earlier project and a whole lot of furniture. By the time it came to installing our kitchen, some parts were missing (wrong parts sent, used elsewhere and possibly some never sent) and now the range has been discontinued so will have to custom make some drawer fonts and shelves to finish our kitchen. In future we will be ordering kitchen joinery from local producers for local support and service. However the IKEA sinks and taps are great value so would consider ordering some more of those another time.

ikea kitchen, pendant lights, wooden bench top, building nz,



ikea kitchen, pendant lights, wooden bench top, building nz,


Our main kitchen tap is a 'Bagnodesign M-Line 1th Kitchen Gooseneck with Pull Out Spray' purchased from The Kitchen Hub. We used an IKEA Ringskar tap in the scullery (with pull out spray), and an IKEA Budskar tap in the flat's kitchen.

ikea kitchen, butler sink, black tap, building nz,,


The oversized IKEA sink in the scullery has been handy for bath time while we wait for the main bathroom to be finished.


All our kitchen appliances are from Fisher & Paykel. We are loving the gas hob with black ceramic top. Note tiling still to do for code of compliance.

Fisher and Paykel gas hob, black, wooden bench, kitchen,

Ikea kitchen, haro flooring, buildme, building nz, feature wall,

The kitchen in the flat. Also a little feature TV wall using some left over ceiling panel materials from another project.


Our bathrooms were an area which went over budget, but we are happy with the outcome so it was worth it. We went with a design theme of white and wood with black tapware. All fixtures were supplied from Edward Gibbons in Queenstown, apart from the Meir black tapware, which was ordered from The Kitchen Hub. Tiles were ordered through Hub Design, and installed by Sticks and Stones tilers, including the tiled showers. We used 600mm x 600mm rough finish porcelain tiles on the floor, in a granite colour. On the walls we used a combination of 150mm x 900mm porcelain wood effect tiles and  300mm x 600mm ceramic white tiles. Still not quite finished.

tiled bathroom, wooden tiles, black shower,


toilet, wooden flooring, meir black tap,






Carpet was ordered through Hub design. We went with a hard wearing Dyed Nylon carpet in a cut pile twist style. The colour is 'Paua' (Godfrey First Carpets). The carpet was installed in the bedrooms, media room and stairs.

kids bunk room, paua carpet, ply walls,, ikea bunks 

Wooden Flooring

For the remaining floor areas (kitchen, living, hallway), we installed engineered timber flooring from Haro Flooring. In the flat we used Oak Sauvage Longstrip and in the main house Oak Sauvage Planks. The engineered flooring has a hard wearing surface of real wood, so can be sanded back if neccesary in the future.

haro flooring, ikea lights, wooden floor, living room,



RLS Electrical installed our lighting. All down lights are LED. In the kids bunkroom we installed black 'Zoom' lights from Lighting Plus. The Master bedroom has copper pendants from Lighting Plus too. The kitchen and living room pendants are IKEA Hector lights. In the stairway, we installed  a cluster of three copper pendants. These were purchased in Bali last year and brought back in our carry on luggage. The IKEA and Bali lights had to be re-wired by the electrician so that they could meet NZ Electrical Standards. 

copper pendant lights, stairway, ply wall,, building nz


And lastly, here is my lovely office on the upper story. A nice change from working out of a caravan for the last year! Stay tuned for a proper NZHomes article on our house with professional photos. Although being a builder's house, it may be a while off until it is 100% finished. 


office, ikea furniture,, building nz, ikea rug,

office, ikea furniture,, building nz, ikea rug,


About The Building Diaries 

Build me. Editor Hana Deavoll and family have been building their own home in Queenstown. Follow the journey as they buy land, plan their dream home and oversee the building process. The Deavoll Family includes Hana (37), builder Sam (36), and their children Indy (7), Phoenix (5), Sonny (2) and #4 due shortly. Home built by Deavoll Construction.


shotover country view

The kids are pretty stoked with their new home. View from front.


Read related articles here:


The Building Diaries: Part 1, The Section 

The Building Diaries: Part 2, Design & Planning

The Building Diaries: Part 3: The Foundations

The Building Diaries: Part 4, Framing & Trusses

The Building Diaries: Part 5, Roofing

The Building Diaries: Part 6, Wiring, Weathertightness, Windows and Insulation

The Buiding Diaries: Part 7, Cladding

 3 Things to Consider before Electrical Work Begins

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