Creating a slice of Middle-earth

Live like a hobbit - Green Magic Homes has devised a prefabricated shell that lets you create your own hobbit house.

Bilbo Baggins, move over - now you too can build your own hobbit house with these prefab shells.

New generation of open plan?

Split-level interiors, or broken-plan living spaces, can provide a welcome degree of separation for family members while still retaining a sense of connection.

We once called it split level, now it's broken-plan living - and it's growing in demand with homeowners.

Gardening tasks for the week

'Looking Good' has masses of frilly pink, healthy blooms.

Little and often is the way to go in your garden - here are three jobs to do this weekend.

The real cost of Christmas lights

There's no lack of inspiration from Christmases past - this display was captured at 120 Gimblett Place, Invercargill.

Everyone loves a decorated street - is it your turn this year?

Sheet folding not so simple video

Julina Ismail has a go at folding a fitted sheet and nails it.

It's an age-old woe - how to fold an awkwardly-shaped fitted sheet. Do you know the secret?

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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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