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Renovation, reimagined – This hot company is your reno one-stop shop

You’re spending a lot more time at home. And you’ve reached the point where you can’t turn a blind eye anymore. It’s time to renovate the bathroom. Or the kitchen. Or maybe both.

But where do you begin? There are a hundred decisions to be made. How do you find contractors you can trust? How do you choose from the seemingly endless options for tile, flooring, fixtures and colors—and where will you find the time to hunt them down? Will you need an architect, what about permits and approvals? And how long will you have to live in construction-project hell?  

Block Renovation, a young Brooklyn-based company, can answer all these questions and more for too-busy-to-figure-it-all-out clients in NYC and environs, with plans to grow beyond those boundaries. Block’s platform has turned the proverbial nightmare of renovation into a predictable experience of ease, speed, reliability and head-turning results. The idea is

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So much more than a home reno show: The simple joys of Grand Designs NZ

Grand Designs NZ is back with a new season that promises more incredible homes, optimistic owners, and the easy charm of presenter Chris Moller.

Grand Designs NZ kicked off its sixth season with a reminder that most of us will never have six million dollars to transform a heritage building into our house of dreams, and I’m not even mad about it. It’s impossible to be angry at Grand Designs NZ, the fascinating series that follows the tumultuous journeys of ambitious New Zealanders who are building their ideal home in innovative and creative ways.

Last night’s episode focused on the transformation of Auckland’s historic Farmers Department Store Grand Tearoom, an enormous and beloved space that now sits on the top floor of the Heritage Hotel. The tearoom was purchased in 2018 for $2.5 million by Steve and Bridget Varney, who plan on transforming the empty heritage-listed building into a New

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