Who dared take on these?

AFTER: This completed house is unrecognisable from the original. After lifting the house, digging a new foundation, recreating a porch, and refinishing all the doors and woodwork, the house was so beautiful the architect won an award for the renovation from the local landmarks and historical society.

So you think your renovation was major? These 23 scary houses were off the scale.

Block NZ, 5 things we learned

Jamie and Hayden's black kitchen.

Kitchens sell houses and first impressions count - what should you look out for in your home?

Garden that love built gallery video

Gardena Gardener of the Year finalist Helen Coker, right, with husband Brian in their West Melton garden.

A wife's gesture of love for her husband injured in Christchurch earthquake wins hearts... and a national title.

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.

How households have changed

Home ownership rates are falling as Kiwis struggle to get onto the property ladder.

Despite clamour about rising prices, home ownership rates are only about 6 per cent lower than 50 years ago.

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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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