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“Turn an existing, tired garden into a lawn oasis”. A simple brief and a relatively simple project for this urban Katikati property which featured no lawn at all. It is often the simple designs which prove to be the greatest transformations and this was no exception. A virtual ‘lawn island’ forms the centrepiece of the new garden with a flagstone patio and brick paver mowing strips adding a solid definition to the space. The planting scheme is mainly native hybrids and with the exception of some flowering leptospernum, the colours remain mainly neutral allowing the lush green of the ‘tall fescue’ lawn to standout as the hero of the design.
‘Bold’ was the key phrase for this coastal property. The owners, a busy couple with a rapidly growing business as well as a popular accommodation wing, were all about impact when it came to creating a landscape to compliment their architecturally redesigned home. Being a large, tall house on a narrow site, the challenge for designer Josh was to keep a balance and scale to the landscape so that neither element dominated the other. The resulting concept really met the brief with the strong architectural form of Titon board frames in the front garden setting the overall scene. These structures match the double story pillars used in the exterior design of the house. The cleverly designed cantilevered or floating corners defy gravity and often stop passers by in their tracks! To soften the industrial nature of these structures a planting scheme consisting of African cabbage trees with their unusual form, Kangaroo paw and ground cover Rata was implemented. The striking red flowers from these varieties matching that of the front door. Behind all of this lies a meandering paved patio which weaves between large specimen seating rocks and the hardwood deck eventually encompassing two sides of the house. The standout feature of the patio being the large rectangular pavers laid in a stretcher bond pattern. The effect seems to add an almost ‘olde world’ feel to an otherwise contemporary design. The element of bandsawn cedar was also included to match the cladding on the house, being used in the privacy screens built along one boundary. All in all a very satisfying project which we believe really highlights the diverse abilities of our design team. More photos to come.
Beach Kids Preschool and Childcare Centre in Katikati is now complete and taking enrollments. Call in at 80 Main Road, Katikati or call them now on 0276793052 for quality childcare in a beautifully landscaped environment
The Omokoroa Show Home Garden at 51 Lynley Park Drive is all but ready for viewing. If you’re driving by anytime soon, drop by for a look at our modern, native planting scheme and lush tall fescue lawn.
Curves add a fresh new approach to paving. Sure they add a little bit of extra time but as you can see by this recently completed job in Athenree, the result is quite stunning.
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 restricted & cramped. This presented our main challenge as to how best lend an impression of space to the outdoor living areas & maintain views whilst creating privacy & shelter from prevailing winds. Our concept begins with stack bond block fencing which invites passersby to imagine what lies beyond. Well hidden behind the fences lie a series of ‘outdoor rooms’ comprising smaller paved spaces framed by sub tropical plantings, built in seating and timber slat screens. The resulting spaces are both intimate and roomy with each area subtly obscured from the next by the foliage & screening.