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Last Saturday we met with an architect about the house. This is a fixed price meeting and commits us to nothing, but we end up with a design report and sketches based on the information that we have given about what we want.

We really had no idea what to expect, but we certainly got on well with him and he seemed to take all our suggestions and requirements on board. He was there for about 3 hours, so it wasn't exactly just drop in, have a quick chat and leave. Admittedly a significant part of it was just general chat - as I said, we got on well.

We're now looking forward to the report in 2 or 3 weeks. By that time, we will have done all the preliminary research and inspection that we're reasonably able to, I think and it will be getting close to decision time.

What we will end up with, no matter which way we go, is a bigger house - and is this really a good thing. In some ways, I guess not, but the new house will actually be more sustainable and use less energy than the current one. NSW has regulations that set minimum sustainability requirements so it will have a water tank, wider eaves, insulation, solar or heat pump hot water etc. As these are things we would have wanted anyway, that's not a problem. We'll also be looking at other ways to minimise the energy footprint of the house.

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