Gardening: Hot spot for great outdoors
Gardening: Hot spot for great outdoors

Outdoor fireplaces are fast becoming essential fixtures in contemporary gardens and it's not hard to see why. Gardens these…

Design & build: Putting the smarts in a smart home
Design & build: Putting the smarts in a smart home

Tailor your home to your electrical needs.

15 ways to spruce up your home
15 ways to spruce up your home

Give your home a new look for winter with black, white, a dash of colour and added whimsy.

10 ways to a liveable Auckland
10 ways to a liveable Auckland

Don’t panic, Auckland can be fixed. Greg Dixon talks to the author of a new book on New Zealand urban design about the 10…

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The seven deadly sins of decor
The seven deadly sins of decor

No one loves a dull home. Kirsten Matthew talks to four experts to find out how to avoid the seven biggest…

Prefab homes get green tick

Prefabricated homes offering up to 15 per cent reductions in building costs are gaining a powerful boost from a green think-tank…

Design & build: Two become one

The house has come together over the past couple of weeks, literally.

Design & build: Climbing our own stairway to heaven
Design & build: Climbing our own stairway to heaven

Luckily, Kylie and I share very similar tastes when it comes to architecture and interior design. If…

video Design & build: Episode 11

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

More women doing DIY

The Kiwi bloke is a key part of NZ's collective self ideal, but new research shows it is now almost as likely to be his…

Design & build: An automatic home
Design & build: An automatic home

Control heating and lighting with your phone.

More Kiwis opt to renovate

Home renovating has become a $1.5b boom industry as a growing number of house owners turn their backs on trading up in a…

Design & build: Time counts down, mortgage climbs up

As the build goes on, the house is feeling more like a real home.

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

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.

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