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habitat magazine, issue 07

Thinking of building, renovating or redecorating? Sit back, relax and enjoy all the projects and inspiration from habitat magazine!

Want a hard copy? Printed copies of habitat highlights are available from late March 2024 at Resene ColorShops and resellers, while stocks last. You can view back issues of habitat magazine online.

If you have an idea, project or story that you think would suit habitat, we'd love to hear from you. Please drop us an email with your details and include photos if submitting a project.

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Welcome

Welcome

Here, you’ll find ideas on lessening your impact on the world around you and improving your quality of life at the same time... more

Anything but retiring

Anything but retiring

The crisp, contemporary lines of this house, named MountainView by its designer – who created it for his parents' retirement... more

Special effects

Special effects

Art: It used to be so simple. Paint on canvas or paper, sculpture in rock or bronze, a finely carved piece of wood. However, the past century has put paid to that definition... more

Testpots

Testpots

Find out what new products have recently been launched into the decorating market... more

Let the sun shine

Let the sun shine

Drawing their inspiration from local wineries and historical buildings, and using raw materials on their property... more

Sign of the times

Sign of the times

Vandalism is not pretty. Most of us, when we see such destruction in our community - a smashed bush shelter, tagging, a snapped-off road sign... more

Mucking around in boats

Mucking around in boats

Getting away to a beach-house or lakeside bach is a great way to recharge your batteries, spend time with family and have fun with friends... more

Nikau, nikau on the wall

Nikau, nikau on the wall

Do our natural surroundings influence the shades and hues we choose to decorate our homes?... more

With nature in mind

With nature in mind

With its design inspired by nature, and energy efficiency an important feature, this bathroom is green in more ways than one... more

Water, water, everywhere

Water, water, everywhere

It's easy to think that we have an unlimited resource of fresh water, but this is not the case... more

Power down

Power down

Reducing your carbon footprint at home can be as easy as taking a closer look at your appliances... and how you use them... more

Paint by pictures

Paint by pictures

Crimson seemed such a good idea on the wall of the dining room, and it's supposed to stimulate appetite... more

Building a compost heap

Building a compost heap

Learn how to build your own compost heap in six easy steps... more

Decked out

Decked out

With the addition of a roomy living room/kitchen opening out onto a large deck and back garden... more

Laying paving

Laying paving

Learn how to lay paving in six easy steps... more

Model business

Model business

A plantation of waving palms and another of blossoming pink plums. Rows of tiny dream homes tucked on a tray... more

Choosing and using an arborist

Choosing and using an arborist

So, that mighty oak out the front is blocking the light? Rather than lopping its top off, and thereby completely ruining its shape... more

DIY kidz

DIY kidz

Entertainment in a box that you can decorate to suit... more

No effort wasted

No effort wasted

Each year we throw out 3.2 million tonnes of garbage – about 40% of which is food scraps... more

In touch with your roots

In touch with your roots

The ideal garden is happy, healthy, and weed and bug free... more

Research, renovate, recycle

Research, renovate, recycle

Until fairly recently, considering what happens to the waste material that gets ripped out hasn't been much of a priority for builders and homeowners... more

Saving the world starts at home

Saving the world starts at home

Thanks to technology, many of us enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working from home... more

Off the shelf

Off the shelf

Innovative products new to market... more

That rocks

That rocks

Hands up for those whom xeriscaping is a new term. Developed in Colorado, it's a landscaping approach centred around water-conscious garden design... more

Hey Habitat

Hey Habitat

Habitat answers reader questions about decorating... more

 

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habitat is printed on environmentally responsible paper using environmentally responsible ink.

From issue 8 onwards, copies flow wrapped and sent to Resene Cardholders are flow wrapped in environmentally responsible material from epi-global. This product when discarded in soil in the presence of microorganisms, moisture and oxygen will biodegrade decomposing into simple materials found in nature, as described in ASTM D6954-04.

 

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