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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…

The Grow Home is back with these flatpack houses for Dutch first-time homebuyers

As a follow up to our earlier post a few minutes ago mentioning The Grow Home, how’s this spectacular FLAT-PACK(!) home available to Dutch buyers..

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Why Is the Homebuilding Industry Stuck in the 1940s?

North America has the same issues we do when it comes to building houses. Ari Fleischer, designer of ‘The Grow Home’ – a pre-fabricated, row..

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Sustainable building - Building Guide - house design and building tips, architecture, architectural design, building regulations, auckland builder, christchurch builder, wellington builder, hamilton builder, tauranga builder, dunedin builder,...

An eco-friendly home is absolutely possible with a little planning and a dash of creativity https://bit.ly/28SSyp4

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Supreme timber award won by Wellington's 'womb-like' He Tohu Document Centre

Who else reckons this design would make a solid den? https://bit.ly/2prPYuD

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Angry backlash to consent blunder in Auckland's heritage suburbs

And now the fallout from this fiasco begins… http://nzh.tw/12128678 Will anyone be held accountable, we wonder?

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Lighting a Room, Simplified

Lighting is a critical element in creating great spaces in which to live, as this NY Times article covers. Lighting a Room, Simplified https://nyti.ms/2NlEzuY?smid=nytcore-ios-share..

5 likes, 0 comments4 days ago

Los Angeles architects design five radical building concepts for P.O.D.System Architecture

These radical building concepts aren’t exactly practical, but they’re sure to get the creative juices flowing https://bit.ly/2xxx2yf

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Steps to building your dream - Building Guide - house design and building tips, architecture, architectural design, building regulations, auckland builder, christchurch builder, wellington builder, hamilton builder, tauranga builder, dunedin...

About to embark on the process of building your dream home? Here are ten essential steps (plus a few more for good measure!) you need to consider..

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Building consent backlog 'risk' to Auckland Council

It would be too easy… Building consent backlog puts Auckland Council reputation at ‘risk’ https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/366682/building-consent-backlog-puts-auckland-council-reputation-at-risk

1 likes, 2 comments1 week ago

Two design students build a charming, off-grid summer cabin in a remote Finnish forest

This clever build proves once again that great design can be affordable https://bit.ly/2CRUDj5

6 likes, 0 comments1 week ago

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