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10730951_10152526839572883_1847294852938229115_n10858358_10152561237042883_7489436356909132918_nWe have been awfully busy over the last couple of years and our website is in desperate need of updating. This is a job that that we hope to undertake soon but in the meantime, keep up to date with all the latest goings on at Outer Spaces by following us on Facebook and Instagram which we endeavor to update frequently.

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Lawn Oasis


“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.

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Bold is Beautiful

‘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.


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Freedom Village


Another commercial project in 2013 – Freedom Village Papamoa. The owners expressed a desire here to create a sense of permanence with the use of timeless materials such as stone and weathered timber whilst also presenting a contemporary, modern style. The Entire street entrance, seating area, fencing and planting scheme was designed by Josh and he married together beautifully two bold mediums in Blue Basalt and Macrocarpa with accents in the form of corten steel signage and stone set street crossings. A simple coastal planting scheme soften and frame the solid materials.  Construction and installation of these, plus the adjacent show home gardens and lawns were overseen and carried out by our team along with ATD Stonemasons and Greg Bond Bricklaying.

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Beach Kids Preschool, Katikati

This, the second Beach Kids Centre carried a whole new set of challenges for us. The same unique design style was requested and key words in the clients brief were, natural feeling, texture, colour and discovery. Our canvas this time was an elevated bitumen carpark therefore our approach needed to differ immensley from the norm with areas of existing soil at a premium. The concept plan featured many of the same design features and elemements as the Waihi Beach branch, such as rock, pointed posts and a heavy reliance on timber to maintain a rustic, almost tribal theme however, at ground level the lawn is synthetic, meanderings through gardens of ‘Kangaroo Paw’, ‘Lomandra Tanika’ and ‘Lambs Ear’ together with native offerings of Corokia and Nikau. A shade canopy is provided by way of Fraxinus and Cabbage Trees to compliment the geometric lines of shade sails. The result is another coup for the company with happy clients and kids!

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Beach Kids Katikati


photo0039Beach 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

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Omokoroa Show Home

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.

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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.

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Fresh subtropical planting near Waihi Beach

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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.

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