“Material is endless. Take a stone: you can saw it, grind it, drill into it, split it, or polish it. It will become a different thing each time.” So says Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor. There’s no question that different materials

Thinking of renovating?

By Mark Graham, Publisher of the Building Guide and Design Guide magazines and websites. Buying a run-down house in a good area has been a traditional way for first home buyers (and often second and third and more…) to take

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This blog has been republished from There are techniques that can bring down the cost of building. In our issue #5, The Design Guide spoke with five New Zealand architects and a solar engineer, to learn some of their