How to: Find a builder

ADD IT TO THE LIST: It's not just about choosing the builder, but how you pay the builder too!

This close to Christmas, finding the time to quote our job was about as likely as a possum learning to drive a digger.

Let's live in... Taupo

AIN'T SHE A BEAUTY: Taupo from above.

The idyllic town on the shores of Lake Taupo is big on all things outdoor.

7 tips from a Kiwi interior expert

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Feel like you have interior inspiration overload? Never fear, just be true to yourself.

$110,000 to stay at home

In demand: Karala has expansive views north over Palm Beach.

The prospect of earning thousands over summer tempts Sydney's Palm Beach holiday homeowners to stay at home.

At home with: Dudley & Josh

COSY: Josh, Rupert and Dudley just chillin' with Captain Cook.

'It is a total nana home with beautiful old carpet and frilly wallpaper and a little flower garden."

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