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Architecture has been called ‘frozen music’ and in this series of articles we’re going to explore elements of design and building that showcase the flash and the foundations of this music.

If you’re building, come back regularly to check on new insights and products we discover along the way…

Curtains or Blinds?
Or Blinds or Curtains..?

Window Treatments have big impact on what a home feels like inside. It’s a big colour/pattern block and then there are other considerations, like thermal properties, ease of use, cost, etc…

Our friends at Harrisons have explored this topic in their post here, which we’ve shared from their own blog page.

Read more here…

Eco-friendly Food Waste Management

In-sink food waste disposers are actually really good for the environment, and cut down on your rubbish too! What’s not to like…

Waterproofing
A new product came across our desk recently for a part of building that’s often overlooked. Tanking, aka waterproofing, is an essential item and often involves highly toxic chemicals. But you can eat this product, and even better, it works a lot better too…read more here…

Timeline Photos

You invest a lot of money into a new build or renovation, so it’s important you protect yourself. Get to know your rights and what extra steps..

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Method in Modular: 10 Floor Plans Using Shipping Container Architecture

Notwithstanding our earlier post on the true cost of converting shipping containers, here’s the best of the best if new designs…

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Just what we need given this remarkable summer. The most beautiful pool we’ve seen for a long time. M Residence / F:Poles Arquitetura in Brazil.

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Building in New Zealand: What is the cost? One of NZ’s award winning architects has put together a table of rough costs to use as your initial..

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Builder and his family opt for tiny house, but it's a cool, upmarket version

How one couple have downsized to reduce their footprint and they’re loving it!

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Timeline Photos

This Opahi Bay home worked with the environment and incorporated sustainability into the design very successfully. The result is a home that..

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Modular Home Construction Process - Step by Step Modscape Design

A brilliantly simple video shows the process that a modular fabrication company in Australia goes through to create a home quickly and efficiently…

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Renovating can be tricky, but having the right advice available can help considerably. Here are the hidden problems of renovations so you know..

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Photos from Building Guide's post

These pics are from @housingnz homes going up in Pt Chevalier being built by a large national housing company. We’d suggest the workmanship..

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A New “Solar Paint” Lets You Transform Your Entire House Into a Source of Clean Energy

Technology like this will help save us.

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