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Surya Fullerton was Patterson Associates’ project architect as well as the project manager on Sea Wall House, overseeing the process from start to finish. Justine Harvey spoke with him about what it took to create this complex, high-quality home and asks for some design and build advice...
It’s easy to see why people from across New Zealand are being enticed to move and live in Tauranga. It’s a desirable harbourside location with great beaches, good employment prospects and it offers the chance to live a more laidback lifestyle than some of our other large cities...
The advantage of buying New Zealand made is well understood across the architecture and construction industries. We spoke to Timaru Bluestone’s Renè Kempf to get the lowdown on the benefits of going local for stone...
New Zealand’s incredible coastlines are ideal for living and holidaying beside the sea. Designing for this environment also has its challenges: strong ocean breezes, the eroding capabilities of salt, rising sea levels and more.ArchiPro talked to Grant Neill of Pacific Environments NZ Ltd Architects about what to consider when building or buying your dream coastal home...
Across the globe, tiles have been the flooring of choice for centuries, but it was only 60 years ago when...
EMA Architecture is known for designing a range of black houses, from a holiday house set in the Waiheke bush...
When designing large scale residential buildings there’s a tendency towards monolithic grey boxes because apartments designed with the rental market in mind are often void of a personal touch...
If you look around our cities there are so many beautiful historic brick buildings - churches, and warehouses with a depth of charm and character that only brick, one of the world’s oldest building materials, can create...
Industrial design is no longer a subtle influence across residential buildings in New Zealand. Converted...
When buying a piece of land to build on, it’s important to remember there’s usually more to the story than what’s been advertised...When we say ‘location is everything’, we don’t mean access to schools and local amenities.Where you choose to build can also have a significant impact on the sustainability and long-term running costs of your home.Learn more from our interview with Don Jamieson of Don Jamieson Architecture...
We spoke with Brian of Neuchatel about the advantages of mastic asphalt waterproof membranes and why it’s such an effective solution for old buildings...When you renovate heritage listed buildings, the goal is always the same.You want to enhance the structure while replicating the original as much as possible. This, of course, creates a unique set of challenges for contractors on the job.Want to find out more? Read our interview with Brian Mohan of Neuchatel...
Recently, virtual reality, or VR has taken the world by storm, making its way into several key industries. The military uses VR to train pilots while fashion designers use it to create products. We use it at home to exercise, play and relax behind our personal headsets.VR has changed the way we learn, exercise, entertain ourselves and now - design our homes.We spoke to Patrick Wood of 3DAV about his new simulation, where VR, design and gaming come together to help Kiwis customise their homes.Sound like fun to you? Click the image below to find out more...
When New Zealand amended the Building Code to include cladding fixed on a cavity, the industry found itself with hundreds of projects that couldn’t get compliance...Rosenfeld Kidson has always been on the cutting edge of innovation in the timber industry and they’re at it again with new 3D-animated installation instructions for their Cedar weatherboard systems.  We spoke to Ray Hutton about the incredible tool that’s bridging understanding gaps for suppliers, builders, specifiers and architects alike...
The faꞔade of any building is the structure’s outermost protection - keeping the asset and its occupants safe. But not all faꞔades are created equal and some are more prone to thermal loss than others. We spoke with Mike Olds of Resene Construction Systems to uncover the benefits of externally insulated cladding and their complete system approach...
With 15,000 kilometres of diverse coastline, Kiwis are always finding new, innovative ways to build by the sea. Behind some of New Zealand’s most unique coastal architectural projects is Mitchell Stout Dodd, an Auckland-based firm directed by Julian Mitchell with partners Julie Stout and Rachel Dodd. We asked Julian to tell us a bit more about how life by the water affects the way we design and build our homes...
Patrick Wood at 3DAV is giving homeowners and designers the tools to visualise the built environment more accurately and with much greater context...When a law was passed in the UK mandating all new structures be built in 3D, the country saw a major positive shift in their built environment. Patrick Wood of 3DAV would like to see the same happen here in New Zealand. We sat down with Patrick to talk further about how having a 3D render made can enhance a project and save time and money at every stage of a build...
A new generation of gas fireplaces is emerging from a team of Dunedin-based engineers and designers intent on...
Backed by 27 years industry experience, Peter Fell is the specialist for coloured concrete in New Zealand. With his own extensive experience playing with colour, Managing Director Brennan Fell knows the difference high quality oxides can make...
Relocating from post-earthquake Christchurch to the Bay of Plenty represented both a divisive change in...
Big, bold and beautiful is what it’s all about in terms of soft furnishings at the moment. Glamour is in,...
Colin Gregg was destined to become a builder from the day he was born. He follows his father Bruce and grandfather George...
New Zealanders have an innate relationship with the environment. Most of us have grown up going camping or visiting the beach...
Living in smaller spaces is a topic that’s been discussed for a while now. In Auckland in particular, it’s something that’s a necessity rather than an option...
The traditional definition of a lodge essentially centres around a lodge being a rural dwelling of some form, often used by groups of people...
After spending more than two decades involved in the New Zealand construction industry, and more than 12 running architectural firm Turner Road Architecture, it was Lee Turner’s experience at the coalface of housing design that led him to start thinking outside the square...
There were 52 Saturday nights in 2014, but only one of them was needed to change the future of New Zealand...
In our busy lives we often find ourselves seeking out spaces in which to relax and take time out from the constant distractions that life throws at us...
Due mostly to renewed seismic requirements for heritage buildings, much of the original masonry detailing on some of our oldest homes...
If you’re considering a renovation, the first thing to look at is whether the house has good bones...
Designing a house for a difficult site can be like a dance, a subtle adaptation of elements to create a...
Of late, there has been a feeling in the market that residential architecture has become something reserved...
We talk to Adam Taylor Architecture about smart design and working with set material properties rather than...
Fibre cement has long been used as exterior cladding, but its use is expanding in the interiors of New...
Sustainability in residential design doesn’t have to mean grand green roofs or the latest technology, or...
Detailing recessed aluminium windows within a cedar facade has been a challenge for New Zealand architects...
To renovate or to rebuild? It’s a big question, and one where the scales can tip in either direction...

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