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THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST

When architect Chris Moller introduced the Christchurch Rebuild house on TV last year, he opened the show by posing a question. “There’s an old parable that says it’s a foolish man who builds his house on sand. But what would you call a man who builds his house on sand, above a sinkhole in an earthquake zone?” After witnessing homeowner Andrei Martin’s drive and determination to design and build his family a new home, it’s clear he is nothing short of inspirational

In the aftermath of the devastating February 2011 earthquake, many Christchurch residents were either forced from their homes or decided to leave the city.

DETAILS

HOUSE CHRISTCHURCH REBUILD

LOCATION CHRISTCHURCH,

NEW ZEALAND

DATE COMMENCED MAY 2016

DATE COMPLETED OCTOBER 2016

COST $800,000

But Andrei, his wife Abby and their daughter Alice decided to stay put in their old

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