The Block: Five things we learned

Jamie and Hayden's timber feature wall guest room on The Block NZ.

8:05 AM  As week one of The Block NZ Villa Wars closes, we have a chance to reflect on the perils of DIY renovating.

Truth about open-plan living

Danny Katz reveals the pitfalls of open-plan living.

At first, you will love your open-plan house. But over time, you'll make a few tweaks.

Signs of a good apartment block

Is apartment block living right for you? It can be - if you find the right place.

Here areĀ 10 ways to tell if the building you chose for your new flat is a good place to live.

Home innovations you need

The Samsung's Serif's design aims to make the TV more of a statement design piece in the home.

Designers are reimagining ordinary household objects in interesting new ways.

How I learned to love beige

Beige gets a bad rap, but it remains an interior decor stalwart.

It gets a bad rap on the home interior front, but when done well, you'd be surprised at how not-at-all boring it is.

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Home of the week: Martinborough gallery

Richard working in the 22m-long living space; to his right is the wood store hatch.

Chunky recycled timber gives this barn-like home (with a 22-metre-long living room) its cosy character.

House of the week: Wanaka gallery

Halloween every day and Christmas twice a year... you can expect the unexpected from the Legnavsky family.

House of the week: Christchurch gallery

House of the Week: Island Bay gallery

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