Oh - okay. Cool!


As a quantity surveying student, I get free access to ArchiCAD and CostX. Cool!

Now to figure out what other discounts are available :).

PS. Flight discounts to Europe would be awesome... but ain't going to happen. And to be honest, at the moment it looks like our idea of coming to Europe for Christmas (when we have summer holidays in New Zealand) ain't going to happen, either. The cheapest flights we can get hold of are $6,700 Auckland-London-Auckland, but with the added cost of Invercargill-Auckland-Invercargill, London-Estonia-London, and putting our dog in a kennel for a month, we're looking at $10,000 for a month-long time away and...

Yeah, ain't going to happen. Not at that price :/

So, see you in Estonia at about July 2018 then.

My favorite exercise on a trampoline

A snapshot into The Kid's activities

Yesterday, The Kid drew his first family portrait.

(One that I know of, anyway.)

How cool's that!

Let me introduce you, starting from left to right: The Girlie, The Kid, The Man, our dog, me, our "adopted" grandma in Christchurch, a family friend Krislin. (Krislin, by the way, are you still reading this blog? Because you are still included on our family portraits. And I still get asked when you're going to visit again.)

Because The Kid is my first child, and because I generally have such little experience with "what children do at what ages" and such little knowledge of how The Kid compares to other children his age, then to me it's just a cool fact of life that at 5 years old he drew this first portrait of his family.

...and meanwhile, he's able to assemble Lego toys like that:

Is that what other 5-year-olds do?

I don't know. But mine does :)

PS. I think we are starting to get... uhm... interested in Lego.

These are all our Lego sets, neatly divided into Systema containers.

It's a daily routine, getting out Lego.

PPS. And meanwhile at the gym:

Studying quantity surveying: why was it designed like that?

We got given a set of architectural drawings and the first task was simple: ask others something about the plan, and see if they can find it. An exercise in reading plans.

A whole lot of questions appeared on the whiteboard.

How many downpipes are there?
What kind of insulation is used in walls?
What's the width of foundation?
What's the roof pitch?
What are the max centres between roof trusses?

Except, as I was looking at the plans, the questions I actually wanted to ask were not to do with the building specification at all, but with the why-s of why would somebody design a house in this way to begin with.

Why are bedrooms 3 and 2 on the South side of the building where they get no sunlight?

Why would they place a hose tap on the side of the entrance if there aren't any other water fixtures nearby and they'd basically have to run a water pipe through the house for a garden hose tap alone?

I kept looking at the plan and frowning, but I eventually said to myself, come on, Maria, just look at the plans and work with it, and that's what I did.

Besides, it's a wrong class for asking such questions anyway :). We learn how how to measure materials, and how to read plans - the why-s and how-s of of this building is another man's territory.

Which is a shame, because I'd still like to know why someone would design a house like that.

PS. I'm starting to come across interesting architectural blogs, too. www.lifeofanarchitect.com/what-makes-you-a-designer is one of them.