Catherine Foster, Penguin, $50,
212 pages, paperback
Red cowsheds, a mechanics’ workshop and a seaside cinema are among 20 homes in this book that celebrates the soulfulness of upcycled spaces and materials. While the concept of reimagining keys into the Kiwi psyche, the author warns that creativity must be balanced by reality: there are regulations to be negotiated. If your dream is a new home in the new year, be inspired by these inventive, intrepid individuals.