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Grand Designs NZ: Crazy, backbreaking DIY in a vineyard pays off

REVIEW: New Zealand is a nation of DIYers. We love stories about people who have built stuff themselves, and nothing is more impressive than building your own house from scratch.

But how many of us would actually take on a pioneering project while also running a business? This week’s Grand Designs NZ show follows a family doing just that: Roland and Lucienne van der Wal are building a house (with tasting room) beside a picturesque lake on their 20ha vineyard in Central Otago.

Roland wants to do all the schist walls himself (78 square metres), despite no experience. Their 26-year-old son Michael, who is a builder, comes down from Wellington to be the “main man”, but he has not yet built a complete house himself.

Roland and Lucienne van der Wal, and Frankie, look like they may have bitten off more than they can chew in this episode of Grand Designs NZ.

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Roland and Lucienne van der Wal, and Frankie, look like they may have bitten off more than they can chew in this episode of

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A chic DIY bathroom renovation for less than $2,000

Need to start a bathroom renovation but don’t want to break the bank? Take a cue from blogger and interior designer Heather Cooke. Her dated ’90s master bathroom was in desperate need of an upgrade, but instead of splurging on a pricey renovation, Cooke gave the space a makeover using secondhand finds, a lot of creativity, and a little bit of elbow grease.



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Now, the black-and-white space has an eclectic farmhouse feel more in step with her family’s tastes. “As someone who has decorated their home 95 percent secondhand, it’s always a proud moment for us to develop spaces that are both unique and fit our design aesthetic,” Cooke says. 

For more bathroom inspiration, browse our bathroom ideas gallery.

The before

Cooke’s home was built in early 2000, so the bathroom had a very traditional 1990s feel. Thankfully, it wasn’t all bad. “We fell

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