Lessons from building a house

Michele Powles' finished family home in West Auckland.

It's the journey's end for our own Grand Designs project... but would we ever do it again?

Modern estate scores a win

As its name suggests Flint House replicates the shape and texture of a flint. The house, designed by Skene Catling De La Pena is the RIBA 2015 House of the Year.

Forget your archetypal English farmhouse - this may be the country house of the future.

Toaster trick you shouldn't try

What happens when you try to grill a cheese sandwich in a toaster.

"Life hacks" are supposed to make your chores easier - yet this one almost burned a woman's house down.

Is this the best wardrobe ever?

This 17m-long dressing room designed by Canavan Interiors is a finalist in the SBID International Design Excellence Awards to be announced on Friday, November 27, 2015.

This bespoke dressing room - the flagship room in a new UK house - is up for a big award.

Smart house gives sales edge

32 sapperton drive Harcourts smart technology 24/11/15

Making your home a smart one won't just make your life easier - it can boost value when it's time to sell.

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House of the week: Island Bay gallery

Who needs a burglar alarm? With two towering stone-faced bouncers and an iron resin guard-dog (albeit distracted by a ball) out front, most would reconsider seeking unauthorized entry.

Who needs a burglar alarm with two towering stone-faced bouncers outside your home?

House of the week: Taranaki gallery

A timeless traditional Christmas is the best gift she can give her family, says this creative rural homeowner.

Light-filled Ponsonby villa gallery

House of the week: Auckland gallery

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