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Tips, tricks, hacks and advice to ensure your home design project is a success

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Put together a home project budget
About to start a home project? Take a look at our budgeting tips to ensure everything runs smoothly
Home Prep – Your guide to a great home building experience (Part One)
Watch as Simon Barnett takes us through each chapter of Home Prep. Posing questions that you might not have thought of, and giving advice needed that will in turn help you get the home you want, wit...
How to choose the right paint colour, room by room
Ever been struck by paint paralysis? Anyone who’s been overwhelmed by choosing paint colours can tell you it’s a real thing.
Landscaping 101: Tips for beginners
From planning to planting, landscaping projects don't have to be as overwhelmingly difficult as they might initially seem. Here we provide some great first steps for first timers

Kitchen

It’s OK to have a small kitchen
A big kitchen may be the dream for many of us, but small kitchens are likely the reality. Here's how you make it work
How to update your kitchen without spending a fortune
Forget replacing cabinets and tearing up the floors – with a few small changes, you can make your kitchen feel like new
5 ways to modernise your kitchen for sale or rent
Your kitchen affects your home's value more than you may have thought. Fortunately, some relatively minor changes can help thoroughly modernise your kitchen and fetch a higher asking price
Tips for taps: Getting the most out of your kitchen faucet
Andrew Billingham from Häfele walks us through some things to keep in mind when it comes to the venerable kitchen tap

Bathroom

5 things you need to consider when designing a shower
Custom showers are an opportunity to create the ultimate retreat within your home – and there's no shortage of customisable features
Bathroom on a budget: achieving an affordable reno
Renovating your bathroom doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. There's plenty of ways to significantly improve your bathing space, without emptying your bank account. Here's how.
4 approaches to bathroom basins
Switching out your basin can quickly inject some personality into your bathroom. Don't believe us? Here are some examples
Flushing out the right toilet
When it comes to buying a new toilet, you might be surprised how flush for choice you are. We've broken down all the important bits to make your decision easier

Interiors

5 innovative uses of flooring in kitchens
Clever use of flooring materials adds to the functionality of your kitchen. Here are 5 examples to prove the point.
Interior design with Amanda Neill
New Zealand designer Amanda Neill discusses interior design trends and how to give your home a cohesive look
Getting the most out of your furniture
Furniture can make or break a space, so choosing the right pieces can be extremely intimidating. Here are some ways to ensure you make the right choice.
How gloss levels affect paint finish
First time painting your home? Consider the gloss levels to ensure you get the right look and longevity from your paint.

Outdoor living

The 6 most important spa pool considerations
Spa pools can be a great addition to an outdoor area, but as with any large purchase, there are important things to consider before you go out and buy one
7 top tips for outdoor rooms
Make your outdoor room the envy of your neighbours – here’s our handy list of tips
Space saving suggestions for small outdoor places
Don't let lack of room stop you from getting the outdoor area that fits your needs. Here are some ways to make the most of your outdoor space
8 affordable outdoor projects you can try today
Not every outdoor project needs to involve an expensive massaging spa or costly deck rebuild. We’ve got 8 you can do on a budget

Renovation

Key questions to ask yourself before starting a home project
Take a look at our questions below before you dive into your next big home project
How to create perfect lighting zones in your kitchen
Ever wondered how to elevate your kitchen from merely great to a true showstopper? Here's how to create the ultimate kitchen lighting
Make your bathroom look bigger with these 5 flooring tricks
With a bit of imagination, there are plenty of ways that you can make the most of small bathroom spaces
9 home maintenance tools for safe DIY
Guest writer Dakota Murphey outlines nine useful home DIY tools and how to use them safely
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