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 free but they lent nicely to the country style that our client wanted to achieve. Our clients had recently moved from a rural Waikato property to retire in the sunny Bay of Plenty. Ironically the first week of work was hampered by torrential rain then frosts! Sub surface water was such an issue that temporary drainage had to be implemented to allow work to proceed. Our client was beginning to wonder whether they had made a wise move! The end result however was a simple but elegant blend of modern and country. Stained timber slat screens were constructed to provide the needed privacy from the reserve and an enclave previously used to house a spar pool was roofed and converted into a potting shed complete with kwila potting bench. All areas were linked with Firth Flagstones bedded in river pebbles.