Fake grass making a comeback
Fake grass making a comeback

Fake grass, once considered a bit tacky, is making a kitschy comeback - popping up in backyards, apartment patios, commercial…

Design & build: The hunt for the perfect tile
Design & build: The hunt for the perfect tile

Popping into the Tile Warehouse proves to be a pleasant retail surprise.

Design & build: Shouting from the rooftop
Design & build: Shouting from the rooftop

Happiness is a waterproof roof over your head.

Design & build: Floored with options
Design & build: Floored with options

Timber? Man made? It’s a minefield.

Design & Garden

Design & build: The first fix
Design & build: The first fix

Let there be light – and wires and heating, at the flick of a switch.

video Design & build: Episode nine

The Block NZ 2012 winner Ben Crawford and his girlfriend Kylie are building their dream home. Share their proud moments…

Gardening: Family garden of Eden

The Heroic Garden Festival, now in its 19th year, offers the chance to visit 26 gorgeous Auckland gardens, and all for a…

Gardening: Season for change

Herne Bay’s community garden will be under new management.

Design & build: My, what a great roof you have
Design & build: My, what a great roof you have

The bush setting and the need for sunlight mean one thing: a flat roof.

Gardening: Sunny season show

Up and down our country, home gardeners are enjoying the fruits of their hard work.

Design & build: Where to from here?

The view is still to die for as the build takes shape.

Gardening: In a holiday frame of mind

Make summer last even longer with some relaxation-inducing outdoor living furniture and accessories.

Design & build: A year in reflection

It's the morning of New Year's Eve and I'm writing this from Matarangi in the Coromandel. Kylie's parents have a bach here…

Design & build: We have a house
Design & build: We have a house

A bit of brute force and the walls appear.

Design & build: Retaining the details

Masonry blocks will become a piece of art.

Gardening: A gardener's Christmas

I enjoyed researching this story, as I don't often peruse websites for garden gift-giving. My go-to presents for special…

TVNZ buys Westie do-up

A small fibre-cement-board do-up cottage on a large tree-lined site in the Waitakere Ranges has been bought for TVNZ's new…

Creating a kitchen in the rain
Creating a kitchen in the rain

There’s a lot to be said for wet weather.

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Life & Style

Review: Nomad Restaurant, Pt Chevalier
Review: Nomad Restaurant, Pt Chevalier

Restaurants do write some dreadful tosh about themselves. "Quality ingredients" are always "freshly sourced" and "expertly…

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Wellbeing: Say goodbye to the monkey
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The great dress debate
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