Design & build: Episode four
video Design & build: Episode four

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

Design & build: Bringing the bush inside
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
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 in London.

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Design & build: Finding our builders
Design & build: Finding our builders

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

Magnolias herald spring's arrival

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

video Design & build: Episode three

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

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
A living room in your backyard

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

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…

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

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

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

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…

A larder for all creatures

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

Design: Made in Scandinavia

Nordic style is easily embraced, writes Ben Crawford.

DIY: Sit, relax, enjoy your cuppa
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…

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No sex please, we're cuddlers
No sex please, we're cuddlers

Apps such as Tinder and Grindr have created a 'hook-up' culture, but sometimes you may not want sex, or even a relationship…

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Apology after web domain name row
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