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The crisp, contemporary lines of this house, named MountainView by its designer - who created it for his parents' retirement - make a strong 21st century style statement in a street dominated by villas from the 1900s, in Auckland's Mt Eden. However, this elegant residence is also a prime successful example of a home that upholds the principles of sustainable design and eco-responsibility... more
A plantation of waving palms and another of blossoming pink plums. Rows of tiny dream homes tucked on a tray. A drawer full of miniature people going about their business: White-clad nurses pushing patients on gurneys, businesspeople lugging briefcases, elegant diners lingering over their meal. Welcome to Steve Snow's world, where everything is one twentieth or one two-thousandths the size of real life... more
Art: It used to be so simple. Paint on canvas or paper, sculpture in rock or bronze, a finely carved piece of wood. However, the past century has put paid to that definition, as artists explore every kind of exciting medium - electronics, light, brick walls, installations - and, that most primitive of canvases, the human body... more
With the addition of a roomy living room/kitchen opening out onto a large deck and back garden, this small transition 1920s villa has been transformed into a spacious and very functional home. When they bought the house six years ago, it came with some cosmetic updates from the 1970s, but was mainly original... more
Vandalism is not pretty. Most of us, when we see such destruction in our community - a smashed bush shelter, tagging, a snapped-off road sign - respond with a tut-tut and a mutter about the youth of today, and keep on our way. Fortunately for the people of Auckland's North Shore, there is one man who didn't just tut and drive on... more
Reducing your carbon footprint at home can be as easy as taking a closer look at your appliances... and how you use them. When replacing them choose the most energy-efficient models and using them correctly will make a big difference in terms of reducing climate change effects, saving power and water, and saving you money... more
Until fairly recently, considering what happens to the waste material that gets ripped out hasn't been much of a priority for builders and homeowners. Did you know that with a little research and some planning you could reduce the load in your skip by a whopping 60%?... more
Thanks to technology, many of us enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working from home. However, higher energy usage also means we pay for the privilege. Computers, lighting, heating and air conditioning, not to mention putting the jug on for a cuppa several times a day... more
It's easy to think that we have an unlimited resource of fresh water, but this is not the case. Increasingly, urban areas are facing water shortages. Fortunately, reducing your demand for water is easy. Mulching the garden and taking shorter showers all adds up in dollars and cents. And not just on your water bill either. With everyone using a little less water, councils save on wear and... more
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