Design & build: Floored with options
Design & build: Floored with options

Timber? Man made? It’s a minefield.

Design & build: The first fix
Design & build: The first fix

Let there be light – and wires and heating, at the flick of a switch.

Design & build: Episode nine
video Design & build: Episode nine

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

Gardening: Family garden of Eden
Gardening: Family garden of Eden

The Heroic Garden Festival, now in its 19th year, offers the chance to visit 26 gorgeous Auckland gardens, and all for a…

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Gardening: Season for change
Gardening: Season for change

Herne Bay’s community garden will be under new management.

Design & build: My, what a great roof you have

The bush setting and the need for sunlight mean one thing: a flat roof.

Gardening: Sunny season show

Up and down our country, home gardeners are enjoying the fruits of their hard work.

Design & build: Where to from here?

The view is still to die for as the build takes shape.

Gardening: In a holiday frame of mind
Gardening: In a holiday frame of mind

Make summer last even longer with some relaxation-inducing outdoor living furniture and accessories.

Design & build: A year in reflection

It's the morning of New Year's Eve and I'm writing this from Matarangi in the Coromandel. Kylie's parents have a bach here…

Design & build: We have a house

A bit of brute force and the walls appear.

Design & build: Retaining the details

Masonry blocks will become a piece of art.

Gardening: A gardener's Christmas

I enjoyed researching this story, as I don't often peruse websites for garden gift-giving. My go-to presents for special…

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

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

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

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…

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
Design & build: A tale of two pods

Tricky weather gets building progress stuck in the mud.

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