Design & Build

Minden Makeover

The Minden Lookout has had a makeover in time for summer. The lookout at the top of Minden Road was built 40 years ago in 1977 by the Bethlehem Te Puna Lions and opened in 1978. Back then they were known as the Omokoroa Te Puna Lions. Brian Wright was... Read More

Summer loving

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your indoor-outdoor flow just the way you want it. If you're wanting to treat yourself and your home, it could be time to get some new indoor furniture, and The Design Depot in... Read More

Renovate the kitchen

You can get the kitchen of your dreams without the hassle and fuss of a complete replacement. If your kitchen is functional, why re-design it and go through the stress of weeks of work to completely overhaul it? Instead, give it a makeover! The team... Read More

Bespoke plans for each section

It's your home, you spend plenty of time in it, and you want it to work for you. If you're building from scratch, it's easy to get swept up in quick turn-around spec houses, but will that be the best home for you? Fowler Homes specialises... Read More

Design fundamentals

Local architectural designer Jon McAlpine heads Thorne Group Architecture and was the recipient of five awards at the regional Architectural Designers New Zealand awards recently. The homes entered demonstrated a phenomenal diversity, showcasing what... Read More

The best homes

  Bob Wheeler, and Michael Idiens arrived in Bethlehem, Tauranga on their nationwide journey seeking New Zealand's top quality builds in this year's Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition. They are judging two of... Read More

Form Building leads winning team

The recent awards won by Mangatawa Tari exemplify how a good ‘design and build' project works, with a strong collaborative approach with our client, design team and sub-contractors. After the sheep shearer's building which housed the... Read More

Meet the ideas man

Ken Evans is never short of an idea. A fence post for the roof. “So you don't fall off.” A honeycomb roof for privacy and warmth – and, something called a wheel-less trailer. “Did you get that? A wheel-less trailer.”... Read More

Creating the extraordinary

They stand out from the crowd. The one at the Mount nods to the timeless style and history of a weatherboard villa, while creating a relaxed vibe in keeping with it's beach location.The one in Omokoroa is commented on time and again for its stunning... Read More

Boat building a dragon

Paul de Wild is building a dragon is his kitchen. Drogon from ‘Game of Thrones'. Life size. Wearable. “This is our ‘normal,” says the boat builder by trade, referring to how he and wife Rozanne spend their spare time at... Read More