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Are you building or renovating?

Ask yourself this – are you confident you know what’s going on with your project? You’re about to spend somewhere between $50,000 and $5,000,000 on the biggest investment of your life – are you happy to entrust your builder or designer to keep your best interests at heart? Most do but we’ve all heard the stories.

Protect yourself.

Educate yourself.

Make sure you know what the rules are, what your builder needs to be doing.

Buying the Building Guide will be the best $7 you’ll spend on your whole project.

And for inspiration and insights into architectural design, grab our fabulous Design Guide – the perfect insight into what architects think. Stunning images and articles written by award-winning designers will get your creative juices flowing and help you build the best home you can. Set your imagination on fire.

Buy them Here, right now, and protect your investment even from before you start…

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Brand New!

Design Guide #11: Materiality (Out of Stock sorry but we have other editions still available!)



















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Now We Are Ten!
The Design Guide Issue #10 – ‘Ten Architects’ Homes’

What happens when the architect is their own client? What brilliant ideas (or not, as the case may be) can they introduce that might otherwise not have got past the client?

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We feature six New Zealand architects and their city, country, first and second homes…

And four architects from elsewhere around the world: Australia, Mexico, and The Netherlands…

        1. Guy Tarrant’s magnificent Pt Chevalier ode to mid-Century design is our cover feature. A challenging city-fringe suburban site leads to a stunning solution…
        2. One of Australia’s most celebrated architects, John Wardle, has created a sculptural guest house of splendour and comfort on his coastal property… 
        3. Jonathan Smith’s transformation of a rundown Ponsonby villa has created what may be the perfect city-fringe pad…
        4. Mexican sculptor and architect, Pedro Reyes, has created a brutalist masterpiece that is remarkably warm and full of life, art and colour…

        And then there’s more…
        NZIA Local Architecture Award winners, Ten great kitchens, Ten great bathrooms, Ten fabulous NZ products.

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      1. Because Now We Are Ten!

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The Design Guide magazine issue #09 – ‘Colour in Architecture’

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Colour plays such a major role in our lives and sense of being that it’s surprising more use isn’t made in our built environment.

We searched the world for examples of colour used to enhance the exterior and interior elements of our homes – creating exciting and bold spaces in which to live.

DG9: Plain House

DG9:Red House


DG9: Tin House

We conclude with our Design Source section, packed with images of bathrooms, kitchens, great spaces, and winners from the NZ Architecture Awards 2016. Packed with over 125 images and insights from over 20 architects, the issue is full of inspiration and insights to help create better living and better cities.
DS: Kitchens

DS: Bathrooms

The Design Guide #08: ‘Fundamentals of Architecture’

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2017-2 The Design Guide: Fundamentals of Architecture

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The ‘do up’ and ‘flick on’ culture that seems to define much of New Zealand and Australian housing places our homes at the centre of a business venture, a far cry from the social and urban projects they really are. Perhaps it’s time we move on from our ‘pioneer’ mentality and imagine a community where immediate capital gains wasn’t such a major focus. There are other less obvious – but no less important – priorities, such as quality, adaptability and sustainability, all of which affect costs, too, by lowering maintenance, alterations and energy bills over the lifetime of a building.

In this issue, we return to the fundamentals of house design and how those early decisions affect the ‘fitness’ of a project over the long term. Architects discuss project constraints and opportunities – site and context, brief and budget, climate and construction – and explain their design response with essays, drawings, analyses and photographs. We have chosen projects and topics to stimulate thinking and insight for your building project.


The Design Guide #07: Luxury Redefined

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Exploring New Concepts of Luxury

Our November 2016 Design Guide focuses on “Redefining Luxury” and showcases five absolutely gorgeous homes from the Pacific Rim, NZ local Architecture Awards, and more. This is a truely fantastic edition (well, we think so anyway), so get your copy here for just $12.95 including postage.

The Design Guide is a stunning publication, full of gorgeous images which gives you insights into the design process from the actual architects themselves.

Buy it Here at the special price of just $9.95 (+ postage).

This edition covers the new approach to luxury living, looking at projects from around the Pacific Rim.

Fabulous examples of stunning architecture from California, Tokyo, Vietnam, Australia and, of course, New Zealand with award-winning architects talking about their own designs – why and how.

If you’re looking to build, order your copy here, just $9.95 for 144 pages of amazing images, ideas and insights…see below for a taster…

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Examples from this edition:

Essay on New Concepts of Luxury from Andrew Paterson and Sarosh Mulla…


Breathtaking Rooms and why they work…


And there’s more; order your copy here, just $9.95 for 144 pages of amazing images, ideas and insights, and order the Building Guide or past issues of The Design Guide for package deals, too.

The Building Guide

We’ve been publishing our Building Guide and helping homeowners with their building and renovation projects for over ten years now and the biggest complaint we get is “I wish I had this when I was building”.

Can you afford to make the same mistake?

Buy it Here, for just $6.95 (+ postage) and prepare yourself for the most complex project of your life.

Building is an incredibly complex undertaking but you can make it easier for yourself by understanding the rules your builder has to follow, learning about the best products and how to avoid problems along the way – we help you make sure your build goes smoothly and is done right.

While it is so much easier to leave everything to your professionals, we’ve all heard the horror stories. We help you keep an educated eye on what they’re up to.

Well, we make it easy for you to avoid those problems. Protect Yourself – Buy the Building Guide here…

We run through the rules that you need to know, what you need to do, how the processes work and how to choose the best products, and all of it in easy, bite-sized chunks of information.

Arm yourself for one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do in your life: get an understanding of how building works so you can keep an eye on the things that need be done, and make sure you get a home where the builders have Built It Right.

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Have a look at what you get…


Start here! Defining your dream and starting to understand the journey you’re about to go on. The Seven Key Things you need to prepare for and the Four Essential Things you need to do.

Start on the front foot and keep your project under control.

Buy it Here , right now, and protect your investment even from before you start…

What kind of house do you want to build? Award-winning Wellington architect, Gerald Parsonson, has done some beautiful sketches of the basic house types for you to choose from. Wall house, Courtyard house, Pitch roof house and more… Decide what kind of house design(s) you like before you meet with your architect/designer and save time and money…


Defining what you need and what you want (and what you can afford) will help you prepare your brief for your architect/designer. Get a firm idea of the essentials and the ‘nice-to-haves’ so your architect doesn’t blow your budget designing something you neither like, nor need, nor can afford (and you’d be surprised how often that happens).

Buy the Building Guide Here and save yourself time and money by doing things right the first time – and it’s just $6.95 (plus postage)…

The Design Process – what can you reasonably expect from your architect/designer? What will it cost? How does it all work…? We explain it all in an easy to understand, path to getting the best out of your architect. Sketch design, finished plans, cost outlines and what you should get for your money – it’s all here.


The fun stuff: choosing the products for your new home. It’s tiring but it’s a great feeling – Yes, you need that beautiful tile. Yes, it’s okay to buy that glorious tap…

But make sure what you’re buying is up to scratch – there are dangers out there – cheap products that won’t last or even do the job in the first place. Is your builder swapping products during the build to make himself more money? Has the designer specified products that just won’t do the job? We give you advice on what to watch out for and what to avoid…

Buy it Here and learn about what you’re putting into your home….

And there’s more.

      • The Consent Process
      • Building Regulations in easy to understand language and bite-sized chunks
      • The Construction Process
      • The Sign Off Process
      • Most Importantly of all – the Prescribed Checklist (that every builder is supposed to give you when you appoint them to the job) – specifically designed to protect you, the client!

Checklists, insights and advice to make sure your house plans go according to plan and you end up with your new home or renovation getting Built Right!

Buy it Here at the special price of just $6.95 (+ postage) – this is likely the best investment you’ll make for your whole building project.

The Design Guide #06

Design Guide Issue 6Our April 2016 edition explores modern designs for suburban living, from single houses to duplexes, courtyard houses to affordable design.

Learn from architects themselves how they approach different sites with specific solutions to create great buildings in which to live.

Just have a look at some of these cases and visit our website to see past articles, written by some of our best architects…

Check out what we feature in our current issue here and if you’re looking to build, order your copy here, just $9.95 for 128 pages of amazing images, ideas and insights…

For all these and more, grab a copy now – from just $9.95 (+postage)

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