Trick or Treat?

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When it comes to Halloween, if find that people fall into two categories. ‘Love It’ or Hate it’. I myself, fall into the latter. Partly because Halloween has never been a huge deal where I live and partly because as a child, I was never allowed to go trick-or-treating, so I tend to harbor a bit of resentment against anyone who gets to have fun around this time…

The reality is, I usually cower in my living room, pretending not to be home when trick-or-treaters come knocking on the door. (I have a very long, steep driveway, so trick’s on them!)

This year however, I feel like I shouldn’t be a total grinch and that I should make some sort of neighborly effort, for some reason.

So I’ve been trying to decide how I can decorate my house, with very little effort, because a) Carving pumpkins is dangerous. b) I’m lazy.

Here are some goodies i found:

Giant Spider Invasion

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Okay, a little bit of effort to make them, but a completely terrifying result!

Spooky Glowing Eyes

spookyeyeThis is probably more within my capabilities. All I need are some toilet rolls & glow sticks
Sorted.


Hanging Bats

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Martha Stewart can show me how to turn my porch into a bat-cave!

Bloody Hand Print

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This bloody hand print technique will give a lovely effect on any window of your house. (Hopefully without traumatising the local kiddies too much)

Window Silhouettes
Hello-Halloween-Silhouette-Windows possibilities are endless…

Monster Doors…

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& MONSTER HOUSES!

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Here is how this one was created!

And now for my favourite DIY decoration….

Giant eyeballs in a tree 

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Pure genius. It should be mandatory to have these in every tree, all the time!

Whether, you love or hate halloween, there’s certainly no harm in having a little bit of fun!

If you’re decorating your house, or heading off to trick-or-treat tomorrow night, share a pic with us on our facebook page.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Property Report – Spring pace slow…

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Navigating through the various property market statistics released each month can be interesting….especially when they’re all reporting different things. However, for September, they all seem to be agreeing that the NZ Property market has moved on from it’s stall during the elections, with property listings and prices picking up to follow the usual spring trend, albeit at a much slower pace than in the previous year…

NZ Property report
Asking Prices

Unconditional.co.nz figures show the increase in national asking prices has slowed considerably: 3.9%, compared to an 8.7% rise in 2013.

Although the rate of increase in asking prices for properties has slowed, the prices are still moving upwards and remain at a high level with September’s National average asking price of $484,791 very close to the record of $490,550 set in June of this year.

Get the full NZ Property report here

Image: unconditional.co.nz

REINZ
Sales Volumes

REINZ data shows that while there was a noticeable increase in activity towards the end of September, sales volumes were well down on the same time last year. There were 5,911 unconditional residential sales in September, a 7.8% decrease on sales recorded for August, and a 12.0% fall from September 2013.

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Auckland Property Market

Comparing year on year, Auckland sale volumes where down: 1105 properties in Sept 2013, to 959 properties in Sept 2014.

However, September’s average house sales price of $738,876 has been the highest on record, due to the relatively low volume, but also, of the 959 homes sold, just over 17% were in excess of $1 million, including this little Grey Lynn gem, which went for $1.075 million. Only in Auckland right?….

One man’s trash: unique ‘recycled’ homes…

‘One man’s trash, another man’s treasure’. That saying couldn’t be more true when it comes to these houses. All are made (or decorated) using salvaged or recycled materials. Would it inspire you to build something as interesting and unique as these?…..

1. The Beer Can House

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Photo credit: “Beer Can House” by Andrew Wiseman

What started out in 1968 as a project for John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, The Beer Can House is now a folk art house in Rice Military, Houston, Texas,covered with beer cans, bottles, and other beer paraphernalia. www.beercanhouse.org 

2. Horace Burgess’s Treehouse

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In 1993, after a visionary commandment from god, Horace Burgess, using tons of reclaimed wood, began construction of his 10 story treehouse. Unofficially the worlds largest treehouse, the structure was closed to the public in 2012, as it had become a public attraction, but did not follow fire safety codes.

3. The Paper House

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You guessed it. An actual house made from newspapers. Built by Mr. Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed the machines that make paper clips, began building his Rockport summer home out of paper as a hobby in 1922. Not only is the house made of paper, but much of the furniture as well. paperhouserockport.com

4. The Tombstone House

Constructed from the tombstones of Union soldiers, if you’re the superstitious type, this home in Petersburg Virginia USA probably wouldn’t be for you, because it would be haunted for sure! In an apparent cost-cutting exercise by the Poplar Grove Cemetery,almost 2000 marble headstones were removed and sold to Mr. O.E. Young who built the 2 storey house.

5. The Scrap House

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Photo by Cesar Rubio Photography via Scrap House.

Although only temporary, The Scrap House was a rather stunning building. Constructed on Civic Center Plaza in front of San Francisco City Hall for World Environment Day in 2005, using only scrap and salvaged materials. srcaphouse.org

6.The Junk Castle
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The Junk Castle is a magical little building, built by former art teacher Victor Moore and his wife Bobbie in a defunct rock quarry in Washington State. It is constructed from many salvaged materials found at a local junkyard and around the site itself, all for just $500!

7. Villa Welpeloo

Villa WelpelooConstructed in 2005 by Superuse Studios, Villa Welpeloo is a house and art studio in the Netherlands. 60% house is made up of from materials salvaged from the local area. The main structure is made out of steel profiles that previously made up a machine for textile production, an industry once very important in the region. One of these machines gave us enough steel to construct the whole villa. SuperuseStudios.com

8. The Glass Window House

Quit your job, move to the country and build the home of your dreams. Sound like bit of a fantasy? Well, young artists Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz did exactly that. And their dream home is built out of salvaged window frames! Quite beautiful don’t you think?….