Go fruity in garden makeover
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
Design & build: Clad me perfect

Finding the right exterior finish is vital.

Prepare to salute the admirals
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
Design & build: A streamlined design

Dream becomes reality as a stream runs through it.

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video Design & build: Episode five
Design & build: Episode five

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

Grand green designs

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

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
Gardening: A growing passion

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

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

Think beyond the traditional when building.

Design & build: Bringing the bush inside

The very essence of our design is about trying to incorporate the natural environment as much as possible into our home…

Simple solutions to clean rivers

Travelling by bus and train you get a great view of the surrounding countryside, thanks to large picture windows and the…

Smallest house in the world?
Smallest house in the world?

A tiny house where residents have to climb on the kitchen units to reach a mezzanine bed is on the market…

Design & build: Finding our builders

The easiest job we've had so far in our construction journey has been choosing the builders who will bring our dream home…

Magnolias herald spring's arrival

When I arrived back in Auckland, the difference in temperature to Wellington was blatantly apparent.

Design & build: The age of consent

Kylie and I were incredibly nervous walking into our pre-application meeting with Auckland Council. You know that terrible…

A living room in your backyard

Make use of your outdoor space for entertaining, Carol Bucknell writes.

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…

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