Design & build: Rising from the mud
Design & build: Rising from the mud

The builders are getting stuck in, even by hand.

TVNZ buys Westie do-up
TVNZ buys Westie do-up

A small fibre-cement-board do-up cottage on a large tree-lined site in the Waitakere Ranges has been bought for TVNZ's new…

Creating a kitchen in the rain
Creating a kitchen in the rain

There’s a lot to be said for wet weather.

Gardening: Hands-on part of makeover fun
Gardening: Hands-on part of makeover fun

I was looking forward to visiting friends Gilbert Wong and Jo Boese to check out a landscaping project at their Herne Bay…

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video Design & build: Episode eight
Design & build: Episode eight

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

Gardening: Old skills make a comeback

Yvonne Thomas believes New Zealanders are the luckiest people in the world. She says it's not about whether we have money…

Design & build: A tale of two pods

Tricky weather gets building progress stuck in the mud.

Design & build: Stuck in the mud

Mud sticks, as the piling contractors found.

Design & build: Digging in for the long haul
Design & build: Digging in for the long haul

Builders are on site and the dream will soon be a reality.

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

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

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…

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 your garden, the…

Design & build: Through a glass, lightly
Design & build: Through a glass, lightly

Glass is for warmth, as well as looking through.

Design & build: From the inside out

The building hasn’t begun but the buying has.

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" items - they were…

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
Prepare to salute the admirals

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

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