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This clever couple pooled their considerable talents to create a home of their own design.
Produced by Janice Kumar-Ward.

It’s not often you hear first-time homeowners and renovators say “everything went to plan and to budget”, but then Clayton and Heidi Elsmore have an unfair advantage. Clayton is a builder and Heidi has a knack for interior design on a shoestring. Together they make a formidable team. The 30-something pair bought in Auckland’s North Shore when they realised that property on the city side of the bridge had risen beyond their fiscal capabilities. “We’d been living in London for a couple of years, and when we returned in 2009 we were blindsided by the prices,” says Heidi.