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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 Read more ›

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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 Read more ›

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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 Read more ›

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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 Read more ›

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Oliver

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

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

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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