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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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Pennell – Waihi Beach, Stage 1

Design and Build This repeat client recently sold an architecturally designed home and bought a 1970’s style split level brick home and property in need of plenty of improvements! A total property makeover was requested and a full property Concept Plan was created to be implemented in 3-4 stages. The brief for this first stage included replacing existing retaining, establishing a large flat lawn and creating private, sheltered outdoor living and parking off a self contained flat being constructed downstairs. Read more ›

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Skinner – Athenree

Design and Build This is an elevated family lifestyle property with wonderful vistas and a 1980’s style home. Our clients greatly enjoy entertaining and their wishes were to create an outdoor dining and entertainment area adjacent to their home which could encompass a large dining table & fully housed BBQ. The gardens were to be low maintenance with easy growing plants. Our challenge was to keep the space open and sunny, maximising the view whilst providing shelter from the prevailing Read more ›

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John & Bev Back Porch

Design & Build John & Bev needed dramatic improvements to their back porch. They wanted a dry, sheltered space which would effectively be an outside room, but give the feeling of being immersed in their already established lush gardens. The home is of a 1970’s heritage and this project was to be part of a series of external improvements lending to a subtropical theme. We designed a chunky timber pergola and kwila deck that doubled the existing size. The main Read more ›

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