Design & build: Episode seven
video Design & build: Episode seven

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

Zen brings a peaceful balance
Zen brings a peaceful balance

Asian gardens evoke a sense of deep calm and tranquillity. Zen principles guide fine balance between hard and soft structural…

Consent for Block couple
Consent for Block couple

The paperwork’s been approved so it’s all systems go.

Fancy Kiwi loos turn heads
Fancy Kiwi loos turn heads

A Scottish-based Kiwi designer is flushed with excitement as her colourful and unique take on the humble toilet is turning…

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Kids get a real buzz outdoors
Kids get a real buzz outdoors

When the sun is shining it's time to get the children outside away from the screen. The more interactive…

video Design & build: Episode six

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

Design & build: From the inside out

The building hasn’t begun but the buying has.

Gardening: Simple joys on your own patch
Gardening: Simple joys on your own patch

The cottage garden is the ultimate in garden frugality. Back in Granny's day, gardens were not "designer"…

Go fruity in garden makeover

Spring is always a key time for gardening - the soil is soft and easy to dig, and plants are cranking into action. It's…

Design & build: Clad me perfect

Finding the right exterior finish is vital.

Prepare to salute the admirals

Most gardeners don't plan to grow caterpillar food, but our precious plants sometimes end up exactly that. In contrast…

Design & build: A streamlined design

Dream becomes reality as a stream runs through it.

Grand green designs
Grand green designs

William Morris put it best. "If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody," the great Victorian…

Give your garden the acid test

I've never properly given acid-loving blueberries a go in our garden, despite a brief attempt many years ago. I bought a…

Design & build: Let the works begin

And then we had it. Our resource consent. Its arrival was somewhat anti-climactic, just a simple white envelope in the mail…

Gardening: A growing passion

"We moan about it," says green-fingered octogenarian Peter Brady, "but Auckland's weather is perfect for gardening." It's…

Green cloak can be put to work

Throw in longer days, warmer temperatures and regular rain, stir up the soil and you have the perfect recipe for a weed…

Prefabs sprout a new idea
Prefabs sprout a new idea

Think beyond the traditional when building.

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