The best fruit trees for preserving

Plant fruit trees now for a bounty in the summer and autumn.

5:00 AM  Winter is a great time to add to your orchard - but which fruits have the best flavour for bottling, jam, storing or freezing?

DIY this cool 'candelabra'

Wooden mortar and pestle $89.90, platter $59.90, bowls from $34.90 and small utensils $12.90 each, dinner plates $52.90 each, side plates $39.90 each, coloured bowls (at right) $39.90 each and salad servers $29.90 per set, all by Nkuku through Source Home + Object, sourcehomeobject.com; pair of stacked plant pots $15 each and orchid pot (containing candles) $19, all from Nest, nest-direct.com; antique console table $1438 from Leopold Hall, leopoldhall.com.

5:00 AM  Looking for a modern (and very quick) way to add romance to a table? This'll do the trick.

The deck that turns into a pool

The clever deck sinks to create a swimming pool.

Whoever said money doesn't buy happiness obviously didn't know about this Bond-worthy invention.

Building a house: Walls

These hands have carried plenty of GIB.

Our house is suddenly feeling like a house. And you know what has done it? Walls.

How to build a bee hotel

Create a permanent home for queen bees this spring.

Our furry pollinating friends need all the help they can get in the nesting season.

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Realtor's dream home in Auckland gallery

The kitchen cabinetry reflects Cheryl's fondness for "the Hamptons look".

She sold the house she loved, and then realtor Cheryl Whiting fell hard for the charms of another.

House of the week: Raglan gallery

A studio added on to this barn-style home offered the perfect spot for this local artisan to perfect her craft.

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