Holistic Architecture: Going Far Beyond Just Buildings
The traditional view of architecture is that it’s all about four walls and a roof. But as Nat Cheshire and his firm, Auckland-based Cheshire Architects, prove, architecture can go far beyond just buildings. I recently had the pleasure of welcoming Nat on the Spaces podcast, and it certainly got the synapses firing. Nat and his […]
How to Get the Most From Your Building Buck – A Practical Five-Step Process
Building a home is often seen as a more expensive and difficult option than buying an existing home or renovating. However, as home building expert, Natalie Stevens, shows, if you do it right, building your own home can be a surprisingly affordable and achievable way of getting the home of your dreams. Through her website, […]
THE BLOCK 2016 – Smart Home Automation
Smart Homes or Homes of the Future are now mainstream I guess! Smart Home Automation is here and truly alive in Melbourne with the unveiling of some very cool new technology on the 2016 series of The Block. Voice control, facial recognition, switch glass and a whole range of new connected devices being rolled out by […]
‘Smart’ Light Bulbs: A Gimmick Or Are They Actually Useful?
If you follow the smart device market, or more specifically the smart home market, you definitely won’t know what ALL the products coming through are, but what you will know is that there seem to be truckloads of new ones every week. We have well and truly entered the world of the Internet of […]
Smart Home Products and Apps that are so good…You don’t use them. Here’s 6 of the Best!
So what the heck am I talking about? Could this be true? In what kind of world is something so good it’s not useful? I didn’t say that. I said “so good you don’t USE them.” Nothing to do with being useful. In fact, is there anything more useful than something that does it all […]
Are ‘Smart’ Devices Making You Feel Silly? Here’s Why…
I get it, I see it, I hear the concerns. The whole world is going “smart,” right? You’ve got a smartphone, you’ve got a smart TV and you’ve probably got a couple of relatively smart appliances. I mean that Thermomix you paid $2,000 for is “smart,” isn’t it? That’s what the 20-something salesperson said to […]
So a ‘Glitch’ is now just normal right? My top 4 tips for avoiding problems with new technology.
Who hasn’t had to deal with a glitch in just the past 24 hours? WiFi that’s stopped working, software that’s frozen, an app that needs to be shut down and reopened, or perhaps your favourite Netflix show is pausing and pixelating from time to time. Oh well… A ‘glitch’ is by definition an irregularity […]
Why 99% of homes designed today are not as functionally simple as they could be
There’s always something new right? A carrot dangling out in front of us tempting us to pull out our credit card so we keep up with the Jones’. Maybe something shiny and new or maybe something conservative and useful. In any case many of us have a keen eye for what is we want […]