Monthly Archives: May 2012


Oliver, Waihi Beach – design and build Our clients for this project are a well travelled, recently retired couple who had just built their retirement home.  Their love of the outdoors and lush gardens was strongly emphasised in their brief and our design needed to reflect this and utilise as much space as possible for their future enjoyment. The size and slope of the property and site of the dwelling meant that the sunny side of the house was rather Read more ›

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Williams, Waihi Beach – design and build Waterfall, Deck & Gardens This was the very first time we had been asked to build a rock water fall and as excited as we were by the prospect we had one very obvious hurdle to overcome right from the beginning because there was no access for machinery. Our design and quote needed to take this into account with all excavation of the sloping eight metre site and most rock placement being undertaken Read more ›

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Jones, Waihi Beach – design and build This project coincided with a major extension and the remodelling of the existing house plus the construction of a new cottage, all sited on a semi rural property. The clients brief was basically quite simple; keep the rural and rustic feel, maintaining a sense of space for children to roam, play & enjoy, plus include some exotic elements to appease the adults. Our focus went first to the nature of the house alterations. Read more ›

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Beach Kids Childcare Centre – Waihi Beach

Beach Kids Childcare Centre, Waihi Beach – design and build Another first for our company, this time a playground conversion. Our budget was lean and we needed to retain as much of the existing equipment as possible whilst breathing new life into the space. Our design was based around a tribal village style setting and with the creation of a series of smaller linked spaces the end result gives a sense of more space with separate areas for young children Read more ›

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The Secret Garden – Wilson Road, Waihi Beach

Design and Build Brief: We were absolutely delighted to be approached by Jacob & Willie early in 2009 with the challenge of turning this once neglected but sheltered back yard into ‘The Secret Garden’, a tropical inspired sanctuary where they could showcase garden art and collectibles and offer a venue where individuals or groups could ‘escape from everyday life’. The first step toward helping our client turn this dream into reality was to formulate a plan which blended elements of design Read more ›

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Porter – Waihi Beach

Design and Build Brief: This project, undertaken on a large coastal property, presented the usual challenges associated with beachfront landscaping – salt laden winds and poor soil. Add to this the encroaching winter coinciding with our start date and we knew we had a real job on our hands. Our clients brief was relatively simple, maintain the unobstructed views, create privacy from neighbouring properties and allow for an expansive lawn area and petanque court. Our finalised design included nearly 500m2 of Read more ›

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Pascoe – Waihi

Design and Build Brief: Another brand new modern home but seemingly built on an old rubbish tip… from the first spade turned we were unearthing the history of Waihi! The focus of our design here was on an open, sunny outdoor living and entertaining area. Apart from the rock & rubble filled earth our main hurdle in achieving this was privacy, being that the outdoor living circle ended right on the footpath. This proximity to the public meant a substantial fence Read more ›

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Edginton – Katikati

Design and Build Brief: The brief for this project was to replace the existing modern contemporary garden and lawn with a ‘country style’ edible garden to include citrus, herbs and vegetables. The client wanted chemical free materials to be used where possible, an all weather potting shelter and because of the property’s proximity to a public reserve they wanted privacy to be improved. We built our design around two raised vegetable gardens constructed from untreated macrocarpa and kwila. Not only chemical Read more ›

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Beaches Motel – Waihi Beach

Brief: Take an aptly named and rather dated 70’s motel and transform into something relaxed and beach orientated. This pretty much summed up our brief. Oh, and do it on a shoe string! We got to work on this by drawing up a draft plan that could be implemented in 3-4 stages. Stage one, now complete, focused on the two road entrances. The existing bright pink garden boxes were unscrupulously demolished but the plants were kept aside to be reused later. Read more ›

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Purvis Industries

Design and Build This recently built factory was in need of an outdoor extension to its staff meal and meeting room. The brief was to create an area where staff and on occasions, family, could enjoy fine weather during work breaks and staff functions. With no designated staff gardener, the owners wish was to keep any gardens minimal and low maintenance. The area was to be secure from the street and adjacent creek but remain open, sunny and spacious. This Read more ›

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