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Is this the best-ever boatshed?

These Auckland boatsheds seldom come onto the market - and this one is a real gem.

These Auckland boatsheds seldom come onto the market - and this one is a real gem.

Solar heater made from aluminium cans costs $1.50 per year to run

A Northland resident's DIY solar heater warmed his living space by about 4 degrees.

A Northland resident's DIY solar heater warmed his living space by about 4 degrees.

Australian home is a temple of colour

The owner spent years decoration her brightly coloured home.

The owner spent years decoration her brightly coloured home.

Take a look inside Modal - Auckland's latest carless apartment building

Renters at Modal are encouraged to ditch cars in favour of bikes. Take a look inside to see why that might just change the way we rent.

Renters at Modal are encouraged to ditch cars in favour of bikes. Take a look inside to see why that might just change the way we rent.

Hāwera garden full of stories and memories

Peter and Neryda Sullivan created this garden together over 26 years.

Peter and Neryda Sullivan created this garden together over 26 years.

Peek inside Susan Sarandon's New York home

Sarandon's home is a chic, creative space filled with light.

Sarandon's home is a chic, creative space filled with light.

Lighting 101: key points you need to know

Lighting not only influences the way we feel, it's essential to creating a space that's welcoming and inspiring.

Lighting not only influences the way we feel, it's essential to creating a space that's welcoming and inspiring.

Beautiful bouquet for under $20

Transform those cheap flowers into a beautiful bouquet.

Transform those cheap flowers into a beautiful bouquet.

This 150 year old home has had some illustrious owners...

From naval captains to judges, this home has seen some powerful people dwelling in it.

From naval captains to judges, this home has seen some powerful people dwelling in it.

Tiny container house nails it

This custom tiny house made from two stacked containers is all about the good life.

This custom tiny house made from two stacked containers is all about the good life.

Inside time-capsule cottage that's been left untouched for decades

These pictures show inside a 'time-capsule' cottage that has been left untouched for decades.The crumbling former home has been overtaken by nature and is barely visible from the public footpath it sits alongside.But inside it has been left exactl...

These pictures show inside a 'time-capsule' cottage that has been left untouched for decades.The crumbling former home has been overtaken by nature and is barely visible from the public footpath it sits alongside.But inside it has been left exactl...

Award-winning 'Bacho Relaxo'

This Motueka bach, an extensively remodelled 1970s house, has won an ADNZ architecture award.

This Motueka bach, an extensively remodelled 1970s house, has won an ADNZ architecture award.

Introducing the Draper Land Ark RV

Inspired by the TV show Mad Men, the Draper RV has combines mid century style with all the mod cons.

Inspired by the TV show Mad Men, the Draper RV has combines mid century style with all the mod cons.

The Block NZ's Peter Wolfkamp in his Devonport home

Peter Wolfkamp's Devonport home

Peter Wolfkamp's Devonport home

Art, objects, mid-century finds - it’s all here

This artist’s Opua house is full to the brim.

This artist’s Opua house is full to the brim.

The story of red oxide paint in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Long before the landscape was dotted with red wool sheds, Māori used Red Oxide paint in a variety of ways.

Long before the landscape was dotted with red wool sheds, Māori used Red Oxide paint in a variety of ways.

This Auckland apartment is like walking into Wonderland

This antique jeweller has a sharp eye for eclectic pieces.

This antique jeweller has a sharp eye for eclectic pieces.

Got your eye on the family heirlooms?

Got your eye on the family heirlooms?

Got your eye on the family heirlooms?

Green interior wows in home on a golf course

From the outside you would never guess what lies within this condo - an interior that reflects the green of the golf course beyond.

From the outside you would never guess what lies within this condo - an interior that reflects the green of the golf course beyond.

Major makeover reinvents '70s house

Tracey Geerin and Nicki Crouch of Christchurch have undertaken a major renovation of these twin townhouses in Merivale. Now, their own home, on the left, is for sale.

Tracey Geerin and Nicki Crouch of Christchurch have undertaken a major renovation of these twin townhouses in Merivale. Now, their own home, on the left, is for sale.

Amazing space-saving features of tiny houses

Three tiny houses that will inspire your next home reno or styling project no matter how big or small your place is.

Three tiny houses that will inspire your next home reno or styling project no matter how big or small your place is.

This bunker lets you survive the apocalypse in style

When the apocalypse comes, you may as well bunker down in style. Called 'Plan B', this new underground bunker concept has been created by Sergey Makhno Architects. They say their task was to “create a cosy and safe home in the depths of the earth”...

When the apocalypse comes, you may as well bunker down in style. Called 'Plan B', this new underground bunker concept has been created by Sergey Makhno Architects. They say their task was to “create a cosy and safe home in the depths of the earth”...

Rent or own - what makes you happier?

Home ownership versus renting - is either likely to make you more happy?

Home ownership versus renting - is either likely to make you more happy?

Inside Jimmy Stewart's one-time bachelor pad...

The It's a Wonderful Life actor lived her during the 40s, and only moved out when he married Gloria McLean.

The It's a Wonderful Life actor lived her during the 40s, and only moved out when he married Gloria McLean.

These five homes would make amazing Bachelorette Mansions...

Five beautiful Kiwi homes that would suit any aspiring suitor and his bachelorette...

Five beautiful Kiwi homes that would suit any aspiring suitor and his bachelorette...

The Masonic Lodge that became a family home

It was once just two big halls, but now this Waipawa Masonic Lodge is a comfortable three bed home.

It was once just two big halls, but now this Waipawa Masonic Lodge is a comfortable three bed home.

A dinky home on top of Bluff Hill in Napier

A villa wasn’t the first pick for Rachel Horton but the location swayed her.

A villa wasn’t the first pick for Rachel Horton but the location swayed her.

The folding hacks you need to know

Is your room messy? Are your drawers disorganised? Can you not fit your life into a suitcase? Here are the garment folding hacks you need.

Is your room messy? Are your drawers disorganised? Can you not fit your life into a suitcase? Here are the garment folding hacks you need.

A seamless Ponsonby villa renovation

As this Auckland family discovered, many hands make for an easy renovation.

As this Auckland family discovered, many hands make for an easy renovation.

Makeover for French residence in Wellington

Take a look around the French ambassador's Wellington residence.

Take a look around the French ambassador's Wellington residence.

7 easy changes to make your home more eco-friendly

Although the world’s current environmental challenges may seem unbeatable.

Although the world’s current environmental challenges may seem unbeatable.

Tips on how to organise your pantry

Tips on how to organise your pantry

Tips on how to organise your pantry

It's So Easy Being Green: How to use the most natural colour in your home

A sagey mossy green has been named the colour of the year, here's how to add natural greens to your decor.

A sagey mossy green has been named the colour of the year, here's how to add natural greens to your decor.

A New Plymouth home with a dubious history, transformed

A big breezy restored villa for a family of six is leaving behind its shady past.

A big breezy restored villa for a family of six is leaving behind its shady past.

Cottage charm in Christchurch

This small 1870s cottage in Montreal Street, Christchurch, is for sale for the first time in 20 years.

This small 1870s cottage in Montreal Street, Christchurch, is for sale for the first time in 20 years.

An Auckland home that is all about the merging of cultures


A house designed for entertaining, cooking and bringing people together

A house designed for entertaining, cooking and bringing people together

How does 2000 style compare to 2020 style?

We went from Trad to Rad in the last 20 years, with authenticity, texture and cosiness becoming key elements of decor style.

We went from Trad to Rad in the last 20 years, with authenticity, texture and cosiness becoming key elements of decor style.

This Puhoi property is selling after 120 years in same family

Oakdale in Puhoi, north of Auckland, is a grand old homestead and farm that have been in the Straka family since 'Grandad' built the house in the late 1800s.

Oakdale in Puhoi, north of Auckland, is a grand old homestead and farm that have been in the Straka family since 'Grandad' built the house in the late 1800s.

There's a slice of the Old West hidden on the Central Plateau

Mellonsfolly is an authentic Old West style town about an hour from Ohakune.

Mellonsfolly is an authentic Old West style town about an hour from Ohakune.

8 Tips for Taking Care of House Plants

8 Tips for Taking Care of House Plants.

8 Tips for Taking Care of House Plants.

7 Corners in Your Kitchen You Might Be Forgetting to Clean

1. Inside your toaster. All those crumbs at the bottom are easy to miss and can attract bugs.

1. Inside your toaster. All those crumbs at the bottom are easy to miss and can attract bugs.

5 Easiest Vegetables to Grow at Home

Starting a fruit and vegetable garden is easy for anyone with an outdoor area and a good amount of sunlight. Here are 5 veggies anyone can grow at home.

Starting a fruit and vegetable garden is easy for anyone with an outdoor area and a good amount of sunlight. Here are 5 veggies anyone can grow at home.

From funeral home to apartment-style home

With a superb industrial vibe.

With a superb industrial vibe.

The garden with more than 200 rhododendrons

Miriam Lee loves rhodos, and she's got the garden to prove it.

Miriam Lee loves rhodos, and she's got the garden to prove it.

Tips for easy-care beachside gardens

Simple massed plantings of native species make for bird-friendly, relaxed beachside holiday home gardens.

Simple massed plantings of native species make for bird-friendly, relaxed beachside holiday home gardens.

Swimming pool created from a disused water tank

Tom O'Carroll proved the doubters wrong by successfully converting a disused water tank into an impressive back yard pool in Napier.

Tom O'Carroll proved the doubters wrong by successfully converting a disused water tank into an impressive back yard pool in Napier.

Stairway House in Tokyo

This Tokyo house designed by Nendo is defined by a giant sculptural staircase that starts outside and leads right through the house, getting steeper as it rises.

This Tokyo house designed by Nendo is defined by a giant sculptural staircase that starts outside and leads right through the house, getting steeper as it rises.

A guide to buying antiques

Experts advise on the things you need to know before buying antiques.

Experts advise on the things you need to know before buying antiques.

How to avoid war with the neighbours

Here are some tips for sorting things out if issues with your neighbours arise.

Here are some tips for sorting things out if issues with your neighbours arise.

Tamzyn Adding top tips on buying art

Auckland designer Tamzyn Adding shows her favourite pieces of art in her home and gives four top tips on purchasing and how to hang artwork.

Auckland designer Tamzyn Adding shows her favourite pieces of art in her home and gives four top tips on purchasing and how to hang artwork.

A heater hack that'll save you money

Eco design advisor Nelson Lebo gives a new tip for heating your home over the winter.

Eco design advisor Nelson Lebo gives a new tip for heating your home over the winter.

Pot plants, the perfect decorating item

Nicky and Josh Peauafi in their home. Nicky and Josh have amassed a large number of different pot plant species.

Nicky and Josh Peauafi in their home. Nicky and Josh have amassed a large number of different pot plant species.

How to catch a rat

New Zealand's rat population has exploded due to an extra-warm autumn - and they are bigger than ever.

New Zealand's rat population has exploded due to an extra-warm autumn - and they are bigger than ever.

Kitchens to inspire - which trend will suit you?

These kitchens are the epitome of stylish.

These kitchens are the epitome of stylish.

Most Likeable Kitchen

This stunning kitchen in a traditional villa in Cambridge has been voted Most Likeable in New Zealand.

This stunning kitchen in a traditional villa in Cambridge has been voted Most Likeable in New Zealand.

DIY Rietveld crate chair

Rachel Clare and Jacob Leaf embrace the Modernist aesthetic of this simple chair, first created by iconic Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1934. Here's how they did it.

Rachel Clare and Jacob Leaf embrace the Modernist aesthetic of this simple chair, first created by iconic Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1934. Here's how they did it.

Art Deco house in same family for 70 years

This Art Deco house for sale in Mairehau, Christchurch has been in the same family since 'Dad' built it nearly 70 years ago.

This Art Deco house for sale in Mairehau, Christchurch has been in the same family since 'Dad' built it nearly 70 years ago.

Tips on keeping your electricity bills down during the lockdown

Tips on keeping your electricity bills down during the lockdown.

Tips on keeping your electricity bills down during the lockdown.

Easy-care hot coloured blooms for late summer

These golden and bronze perennials don't just tolerate drought, they thrive in the dry and bloom through late summer to autumn.

These golden and bronze perennials don't just tolerate drought, they thrive in the dry and bloom through late summer to autumn.

Private formal topiary garden in Wellington

Light years from the hustle of nearby downtown is a quarter-acre oasis of order and calm.

Light years from the hustle of nearby downtown is a quarter-acre oasis of order and calm.

This is gardening on a grand scale.

Achieved over half a century by two generations.

Achieved over half a century by two generations.

A grand home for grand collections

The view of the outside is just as good as the inside.

The view of the outside is just as good as the inside.

How to make floral bunny ears

Get into the Easter crafting spirit with these DIY bunny ears.

Get into the Easter crafting spirit with these DIY bunny ears.

Villa selling after 100+ years

This Devonport villa has gone from great-great-aunt to great-grandparents, to great aunt, to mother, then son, who is now selling more than 108 years after the first family member moved in.

This Devonport villa has gone from great-great-aunt to great-grandparents, to great aunt, to mother, then son, who is now selling more than 108 years after the first family member moved in.

Landscape photographer built himself the perfect home on the road

When Paul Mercer wanted to find the perfect hom away from home, he had to build it himself.

When Paul Mercer wanted to find the perfect hom away from home, he had to build it himself.

CyberHouse Life - house of the future?

Designed to combat zombie viruses, chaos, devastation, riots and revolutions, the CyberHouse Life is a Russian architect's glimpse into our future.

Designed to combat zombie viruses, chaos, devastation, riots and revolutions, the CyberHouse Life is a Russian architect's glimpse into our future.

How to grow autumn-flowering bulbs

These jewel-like flowers are perfect for pots, where they can be set at eye level, grouped in sunny spots, and given the rich soil and good drainage they love.

These jewel-like flowers are perfect for pots, where they can be set at eye level, grouped in sunny spots, and given the rich soil and good drainage they love.

Karen Walker's interior colour transformation

Leading Kiwi fashion designer Karen Walker is also an expert on colour for interiors, as her own home illustrates.

Leading Kiwi fashion designer Karen Walker is also an expert on colour for interiors, as her own home illustrates.

How to transform a chest of drawers with sticky back vinyl

This simple DIY doesn’t require any sanding, paint or elbow grease, but can be one of the most rewarding makeovers for existing furniture.

This simple DIY doesn’t require any sanding, paint or elbow grease, but can be one of the most rewarding makeovers for existing furniture.

Getting work done at home

Tips for working from home from someone who's been there.

Tips for working from home from someone who's been there.

How to create floral sneakers

Turn your trainers from boring white into a showstopping floral duo with personality.

Turn your trainers from boring white into a showstopping floral duo with personality.

5 Plant Care Mistakes People Are Making While in Quarantine

Whether you’ve been a plant parent for years or are new to the game, showering your plants with attention while on lockdown may be harming them.

Whether you’ve been a plant parent for years or are new to the game, showering your plants with attention while on lockdown may be harming them.

Puketarata: a garden four decades in the making

A combination of native and exotic plants make up Ken and Jennifer Horner's garden.

A combination of native and exotic plants make up Ken and Jennifer Horner's garden.

The neighbour is just as important as the house for these owners

They had lived in the area for years before buying this villa

They had lived in the area for years before buying this villa

Coromandel beach house is Home of the Year 2020

Architect Ken Crosson talks about his inspiration for the bach that has won the Home of the Year Award 2020.

Architect Ken Crosson talks about his inspiration for the bach that has won the Home of the Year Award 2020.

A castle lies in wait in Auckland

It has a tower, a dry moat and a turret... it's also a comfortable family home.

It has a tower, a dry moat and a turret... it's also a comfortable family home.

Mortgage free in a tiny house

Single mum Carol Armstrong of Hamilton found the perfect housing solution after her marriage break-up.

Single mum Carol Armstrong of Hamilton found the perfect housing solution after her marriage break-up.

Meet the man who turn his lorry home into a Lord of the Rings homage

When Glen Herbert was serving in the Falklands, The Lord of the Rings was his companion. It inspired him to create his magical home.

When Glen Herbert was serving in the Falklands, The Lord of the Rings was his companion. It inspired him to create his magical home.

How to make the most of your courtyard

Get the most out of a garden with postage stamp proportions.

Get the most out of a garden with postage stamp proportions.

Grand formal garden in Lumsden

Sharon Clarke created this garden after she was bitten by the gardening bug.

Sharon Clarke created this garden after she was bitten by the gardening bug.

Tree Church up for sale

Barry Cox has decided to sell his property which is home to the world famous 'Tree Church' in Ōhaupō.

Barry Cox has decided to sell his property which is home to the world famous 'Tree Church' in Ōhaupō.

Meet Studio Home's Julia Atkinson-Dunn (and Tonka the cat)

A garden full of drama and emotion, a home full of treasures.

A garden full of drama and emotion, a home full of treasures.

Holiday home celebrates a couple’s journey together

A place to properly unwind, they say.

A place to properly unwind, they say.

They had no intention of buying in Taupō

Four years on, this couple can’t believe where they live.

Four years on, this couple can’t believe where they live.

Do they have New Zealand's oldest houseplants?

Five gardeners share their horticultural heirlooms.

Five gardeners share their horticultural heirlooms.

Maggie Suman's charming glasshouse

Materials used to construct this glasshouse include old glass bricks, upcycled windows and Gran's glass plates.

Materials used to construct this glasshouse include old glass bricks, upcycled windows and Gran's glass plates.

First-home owner's amazing DIY

First-home buyer Lise Mackie of Berhampore, Wellington, had no building experience, but wanted to do her own reno. So she studied 'how-to' videos.

First-home buyer Lise Mackie of Berhampore, Wellington, had no building experience, but wanted to do her own reno. So she studied 'how-to' videos.

Despite wild weather, this garden is a five-star beauty

A classic country garden brought back into the family.

A classic country garden brought back into the family.

Take a sneak peek inside Neil Finns LA home

The musical legend has bought a second, more substantial home in LA, in the Los Feliz area.

The musical legend has bought a second, more substantial home in LA, in the Los Feliz area.

DIY rainbow woven wall hanging

Learn how to make a beautiful, large-scale woven wall hanging in a funky rainbow style.

Learn how to make a beautiful, large-scale woven wall hanging in a funky rainbow style.

US expats make a new home on the other side of the world

Hadley and Philip Fierlinger traded California for Wellington and instantly fell in love with their new home.

Hadley and Philip Fierlinger traded California for Wellington and instantly fell in love with their new home.

How to: Planter bowl

How to: Planter bowl

How to: Planter bowl

Stuff readers' cleaning hacks

Dozens of the best-ever cleaning hacks have been sent in by Stuff readers, and many of them have one thing in common.

Dozens of the best-ever cleaning hacks have been sent in by Stuff readers, and many of them have one thing in common.

Zen and the art of Japanese tree maintenance

Clip, prop and wrap: caring for trees in Japan is an art form with a practical purpose.

Clip, prop and wrap: caring for trees in Japan is an art form with a practical purpose.

African violets for easy-care indoor flower power

Charming African violets offer a wide range of dazzling flower colours and fabulous foliage effects and these easy-care house plants are well overdue a revival.

Charming African violets offer a wide range of dazzling flower colours and fabulous foliage effects and these easy-care house plants are well overdue a revival.

How to make liquid soap at home

Perfer liquid to bar soap? Here's how to make you bar soap go further and save $$$.

Perfer liquid to bar soap? Here's how to make you bar soap go further and save $$$.

How to grow spinach

Spinach is delicious and you can grow it during the cooler months too.

Spinach is delicious and you can grow it during the cooler months too.

Permaculture for urban gardens

Use these basic ideas to make your home garden more productive and sustainable.

Use these basic ideas to make your home garden more productive and sustainable.

Cat-proofing your backyard

An Auckland woman has devised a way to stop her cat roaming the neighbourhood. She used netting and mesh to fence her property.

An Auckland woman has devised a way to stop her cat roaming the neighbourhood. She used netting and mesh to fence her property.

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