What do you do if several companies behind the house you are planning go belly up? Take on the project yourself.
Among the sand dunes of Southshore sits a 1950s beach house with sprawling gardens.
This 1910 Cashmere home has been transformed after suffering major structural damage in the earthquakes.
When the Canterbury earthquakes tipped the Joneses from their hilltop haven, they found life is perfectly good on the flat.
Two brothers have converted a Beckenham house into a stylish pad for laidback living and entertaining.
Sweeping views of Lyttelton Harbour set the scene for a family home in Governors Bay.
'I have an English pub in my shed'
Shaun Maloney has built an old English pub complete with a 'snug' for the ladies, in his backyard in North Canterbury.
It's contemporary and well positioned, with beachy good looks, but this Sumner house has got brains, too. Sumner is the owner's home territory. There was no question this is where he would build.
A 1906 home lives on.
A Cashmere hills home combines the charm of yesteryear with modern comfort.
From creamery to crème de la crème
From homestead, heritage barn and creamery to modern, family home.
Designed to suit family and friends
With breathtaking vistas, a builder's dream home keeps everyone happy.
A Tai Tapu home rich in history
A fine Tai Tapu homestead and park resonates with stories of Canterbury's distant past.
A stylish Tai Tapu home worked so well for its family, it has been rebuilt exactly as it was originally designed.
The gift to the nation
A slice of heaven given to New Zealand.
An 1887 Papanui residence renewed
A grand 1887 residence in Papanui is back to its magnificent best.
A Tai Tapu home is the perfect gathering point for one extended Christchurch family at Christmas.
Tucked away at the base of the Port Hills is a cottage that once housed a queen of mystery
A peek inside Angela Stone's townhouse
Clients arriving for a session with style guru Angela Stone step into an elegant light-filled atrium, the business end of her contemporary town pad.
A touch of country flourishes in a contemporary family home.
Owned by an interior designer, this home is beautiful inside and out.
The Tai Tapu home of Stephen and Georgina Rosling brings city chic to the country.
A small cottage in Akaroa is a true example of shabby chic.
Oberau is an enchanting European-style villa offering elegant country living.
Downsizing has been a relatively pain-free experience for Cheryl Colley.
ROSA SHIELSTucked away in Tai Tapu is an oasis for travellers.
ROSA SHIELSIn rural Harewood a Southern American-style mansion defies convention.
Every Christmas a North Canterbury farmstead is garlanded in a traditional theme.
PHOTOS KELLY SHAKESPEARERosa Shiels tours a property once owned by suffragette Kate Sheppard.
PHOTOS KELLY SHAKESPEAREAre we in Palm Springs or Christchurch? It's hard to tell with this home.
A modern home with all the trimmings.
A piece of Portugese summer in a small corner of Cashmere.
A smallish 1920s bungalow becomes a capacious family home.
ROSA SHIELSAn interior designer's home at the foot of Cashmere Hill is a tribute to her rich life of art, song and dance.
KIM NEWTHA new Ohoka home captures the old classical spirit.
Shaken but not stirred
A modern home in St Martins remains a sanctuary for its owner.
Barry Gadsby welcomes garden writer Diane Keenan into his native retreat.
A series of sculptures adds quirk and drama to a Mandeville show garden.
ROSA SHIELSA converted bach fulfils every requirement for a couple who swapped city life for Church Bay views.
A spacious property underwent a complete revamp in eight months.
GARDENTextured plants are perfect for a hassle-free city garden that looks good year-round.
A sleek arc curves with the land and faces out to sea, making perfect use of the spectacular views.
This house on a hill has undergone many transformations over 82 years.
Living by Hagley
Modernist living in Deans Ave mixes minimalism, glass and light to make the most of a stunning location.
with a French connection
A life among the vines is enhanced by eco-friendly incentives, French flair and a stunning Banks Peninsula view.
KINETA KNIGHTStep inside a beautiful home living on the edge.