Design & build: Nailing the design
Design & build: Nailing the design

Hydrological neutrality. What on earth is that? Looking through the property file of our section for the first time was…

Design & build: Episode two
video Design & build: Episode two

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

It's dirty work on The Block
It's dirty work on The Block

Contestants on the new series of The Block NZ are getting more filthy, frustrated and exhausted than ever before - and they've…

Design: Show us the money
Design: Show us the money

Approaching a bank for finance can be daunting, but just go for it.

Design & Garden

The Block is back
The Block is back

It's a bitterly cold morning as I make my way down a little street in Pt Chevalier. The sun has barely…

Power to your pruning

Get your pruning right and your trees will be happier than ever.

Design & build: Chasing a dream

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

video Design & build: Episode one

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

A larder for all creatures
A larder for all creatures

A food forest is an orchard the way nature intended. Humans get the benefit of fruit, nuts, herbs, fibre…

Design: Made in Scandinavia

Nordic style is easily embraced, writes Ben Crawford.

DIY: Sit, relax, enjoy your cuppa

Here's a great piece of furniture to keep cups, glasses, books and the TV remote handy in your living room. Step 1 Measure…

Branch out in style

Deciduous fruit trees lend themselves to beautiful landscape design for the patient and talented gardener. Some of the most…

Best NZ architecture on show

Seven New Zealand buildings are shortlisted for awards in the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, held from October…

The Block NZ announces new judges
The Block NZ announces new judges

The Block NZ have announced their new judges for season three will be Shelley Ferguson of Your Home…

DIY: Quoit a special holiday project

Quoits is a traditional game in which players try to throw rings over a series of small upright posts, and the person with…

Plant for summer harvest

Gardening in the depths of winter is not particularly inviting, but it is a great time to get outside, get active and fight…

Design: Letters from a lazy lunch spot

Ben Crawford finds a great ambience at Dear Jervois.

DIY can save cash in the long run

Keeping chickens and growing your own veges is the first step to being self-sufficient.

Make yourself a home (+pics)
Make yourself a home (+pics)

It might be the New Zealand dream but for many Aucklanders, owning their own home has become a chimera…

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