Myles Herschell and Natalie Newlands tell us how they managed their budget for their Queenstown new-build and give us a tour inside their beautiful new home
Meet + greet
Myles Herschell, 37 (builder and owner of MWH Construction), Natalie Newlands, 36 (owner/director of Angel Divine boutique and clothing label New Lands), Knox, 3, and Hawk, 1.
Natalie & Myles’ new-build tips
- Go with the process and be open-minded as often the things you end up loving weren’t planned for and can end up being the things you enjoy the most.
- Trust your gut and don’t overthink a decision.
- Buying good quality pays dividends in the long term. Also, buy less but buy right.
- Make it your style, not someone else’s.
What areas of your home did you save on? Splurge on? Glazing was essential, as was underfloor heating.
Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain? We love the mix of old and new, so the house doesn’t feel too ‘shiny’. We adore our vintage dining chairs and bar stools which add that rustic feel.
Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home? Don’t buy too much prior to the build as it might not work in the finished space. Also, research materials and invest in areas that are important to you.
How did you keep track of costs during the build? Myles created a fixed-price build from the start, itemised on a massive spreadsheet, encompassing all our requirements.
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Photography by: Kate Claridge.