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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…

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

Architecturally unique home designs don’t have to cost the world, here’s an intro to a few of the most common types http://bit.ly/299kHVk

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This is a building site at one of the most valuable plots of realestate in NZ, on the coast around from Takapuna Beach. Clearly the firm building..

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Stunning makeover for '60s Beazley house in ADNZ BOP awards

Plenty to be inspired by here for anyone fond of the ‘modern rustic’ feel http://bit.ly/2NGgKKG

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Working from home has never been easier, thanks to new technology

There’s never been a better time to start thinking about including a dedicated working space in your coming build http://bit.ly/2Lb2sQL

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Choosing an architect/designer - Building Guide - house design and building tips, architecture, architectural design, building regulations, auckland builder, christchurch builder, wellington builder, hamilton builder, tauranga builder, dunedin...

Choosing the right architect may be the most important decision in a process that has a seemingly endless amount of decisions. Here are some..

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This guide will make your home chill-proof for winter

Building in these handy winter hacks will make for a more comfortable home year round http://bit.ly/2IVV8GM

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Top designs show character and modern builds 'in safe hands'

Plenty of inspiration to be taken from these award-nominated designs http://bit.ly/2KVBVGL

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Council orders removal of 'non-compliant' Dunedin tree house

Tree Houses are buildings too! Hard to believe, but you need consent for these or you can be made to pull it down! http://bit.ly/2ILNA9v

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

Knowing the key factors regulated by the Building Act can save you from making a lot of costly mistakes before you even get started http://bit.ly/2N9E57o

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Peter Stutchbury, Cabbage Tree House, Photographer unknown.

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