Design & Build

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

Summer in style

Is your outdoor living area ready for summer? If your outdoor lounge setting is looking a bit tired, or you're thinking of replacing the umbrella, now is the perfect time to do it. And Mitre 10 MEGA in Tauranga is the perfect place to go to for... Read More

Furnishing for lifestyle

Stepping inside The Design Depot is like reading a great novel. The Mount Maunganui showroom goes beyond the physical space to tell a story. It's a story that customers are not bystanders to, they are truly participating in it. Each chair, lampshade... Read More

Eyes for design

A customer walks in looking for outdoor furniture for their apartment deck. “The space is very small,” says the woman. Grant Furniss and Paul Tanner accept the challenge. The owners of Contemporary Classics in Mount Maunganui show the woman... Read More

Decorating Tauranga for 120 years

Guthrie Bowron is the longest-standing and best-known supplier of interior and exterior decorating products in the home décor sector, says Tauranga branch's owner Shelley Varnam. And she's continuing to ensure this is the case. Guthrie... Read More