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House of the week: Thorndon


This grand-old home's renovation came with its challenges. But, looking at the result, they were worth it.

House of the week: Lake Taupo


This holiday home has been inspired by its beautiful surroundings.

Home of the Year faces backlash


Love or hate them, two tiny cabins in Northland have been named 2014 Home of the Year.

How green is a green clean?


For those who care about the environment, the allure of using "green" cleaning products is more powerful than ever.

Jon Bridges: 10 reasons to build a house



Welcome to the final ever, ultimate and last blog post for 'We're Building a House' (well, pretty much).

House of the week: Kumeu


This cosy, liveable Auckland home was renovated from a grand but austere 1930s bungalow.

House of the week: Papamoa


This light, modern home is like Miami meets Muscat but it fits right in in the Bay of Plenty.

From meth-house to family home


The Hooper's new home was once laced with drugs. Now it sparkles with a community's love.

Sarah Jessica Parker's chic NYC home


The day has finally come for you to get a piece of not only Sarah Jessica Parker's shoe collection, but her home, too.

Video: A million bucks buys you this


Take a video tour of our brand new home. Go on, hit the lights and press play.

Home - no place like it

Home decor

Reflecting on the quintessential Kiwi obsession: our homes and the perpetual desire to improve them.

Love conquers family's termite trauma

termite home

The public and GJ Gardner have come to the aid of a Te Aroha couple whose home was riddled with termites.

$40,000 house sold


Having the Hawera Black Power as a neighbour has not turned off one bargain hunter.

'Living building' house a first for NZ

Eco friendly home

New Zealand's first house designed as a "Living Building" will take shape at Taylor's Mistake in Christchurch.

House of the week: Taranaki showhome

House of the week

The builders of this elegant home wanted to inspire people to think "out of the box" while sticking to a budget.

Jon Bridges reveals his final build cost


In this post I reveal how much the house cost, and like a poorly installed heated towel rail, the results will shock you.

Thousands flock to flower show


Thousands of people flooded into the Ellerslie Flower Show's opening day.

House of the week: Prebbleton

House of the week

This owners of this Canterbury home wanted an abode that suited people and pets alike.

NZ House & Garden Tours return in 2014


Tour a grand French country style home, a lakeside cottage and a clever architectural farmhouse.

House of the week: Melrose


Tui frolicking in the garden provided the main inspiration for this gorgeous Wellington home.

House of the week: Pelorus Sound


This small-but-perfectly-formed-bach is all about the view.

Peter Jackson's NY loft for sale

Peter Jackson's loft

Fifteen rooms, plus nine bedrooms - what Peter Jackson is selling for NZ$24 million in New York.

Handy herbs to plant now

herb garden

They'll save you money, make your house look good and you don't even need a garden. Win, win.

House of the week: Bach on sleds

House of the week

All homes in this coastal erosion zone must be removable: cue some good old Kiwi ingenuity.

Flowers are in, minimalism out

Ellerslie Flower Show manager Kate Hillier

There is no reason why your garden can't be fashion-forward.

Tiny home a true mansion

lily duval

Her only other experience was a bookcase, but that's not stopped her from building her miniature house.

Home on sale after 148 years

98 Majoribanks St

A house built in 1866, and lived in by five generations, is on the market for the first time.

Bargain comes with a catch

The house at 23 A’Court St in Hawera

You can have a whole home for less than a typical deposit, if you can handle the catch.

Design crush: The paper house


This wonderful wee structure looks black from one angle, white from another - and is all cardboard.

House of the week: Queenstown


Seven hundred basalt tiles, each one weighing 60kgs, make up this Lake Wakatipu home.

We move in, I go away


A belated post showing us moved in to our new home.

Show us your DIY Christmas decorations


We're looking for creative ideas for homemade Christmas decorations. Share yours.

House of the week: Kelburn


This renovation of a gorgeous old home took seven years of brain power.

Step by step to a stunning staircase


Things finished and unfinished as we move in tomorrow!

House of the week: Containers

House of the week: Containers

It's movable. It's affordable. It's recycled. It's also very, very slick.

Is 'home porn bad for self-esteem?


Design blogs are to 30-something women what fashion mags are to teen girls.

House of the week: Whangamata


This beautiful home makes the most of an odd section and maximises light and views.

House of the week: Peka Peka


This beautiful modern home appears almost like a floating hangar, hovering over the beach and hills.

House of the week: Akatarawa


This gorgeous in-the-trees property may just be home to the most envy-making deck we've ever seen.

Concrete, glass, marble home takes honours

House of the Year

A $2m plus Christchurch home has won top honours as New Zealand's best property.

Bad dream becomes eco-home

Eco Home Message

Written on a hidden weatherboard were the words: "This house was stuffed from start to finish".

Open homes: Good flow

Open homes

Fancy some stylish indoor, outdoor flow? Check out the best examples of open plan living on the NZ market.

House of the week: Waiheke

house of the week

This bach is a very well-designed, architecturally-dashing place in which to create family memories.

Open homes: Heritage

Historic homes

Did we say homes? We meant insanely cool heritage pads that border on castles, turrets and all.

House of the week: Lakehouse


Okay folks, this may just be our dream home - it's bach-meets-Hamptons-meets-boathouse.

Durie tells how to design with edibles


Parsley makes a fabulous border, while artichokes are a great accent plant.

Cats: Do they understand limericks?


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Building has its tough moments, and when they come around, it's time to get philosophical.

The Block winners treat their rivals

The Block

Alice and Caleb cleaned up the competition, but they're determined to treat their rivals.

Open homes: 10 or more bedrooms


From sprawling luxury mansions to mega student flats - these are NZ's most mammoth homes.

Block winners get $261,000

Alice and Caleb

Alice and Caleb Pearson win DIY show, selling renovated house for $1.126 million at auction.

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