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When you’ve designed more than 200 bathrooms, you know a thing or two about the ins and outs of layout, fittings and features. Interior designer Sam Elliot works at Box Living, a combined design, architecture, and construction company, and is adept at fitting oodles of convenience into a compact floor plan. Sam teams practical thinking ... [Read more]

Beattie Passive is a complete system for high performance homes. I love the concept of 'a house as a system'. I also love the idea of making it simple and easy to get right, and that's exactly what Ron Beattie has done. As explained in their technical information, "The Beattie Passive system achieves superior levels of ... [Read more]

The philosophy of Albertsson Hansen is summed up in these simple words. Thoughtful design. Delightful living. Christine Albertsson is driven by her passion for creating wonderful spaces for people to live in. She's also driven by good design and responsible building. Architecture was a natural coming together for Christine of her love of art, photography, science ... [Read more]

Want to create a passive solar, healthy, energy and water efficient home with your existing house? Get access to Johann for a three part workshop at a ridiculously low price! Spots are limited so register now! Dr Johann Bernhardt originally came to New Zealand, expecting to stay for a year. That was about 30 years ... [Read more]

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