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23-24 NOVEMBER 2024



2013 Garden 18 - Remuera


Design Brief

Hardscape: It all started with a request for a design that would address a drainage problem in the rear, incorporate a pool and spa and improve the outdoor dining experience.
Because of the site’s challenging geography, the pool was bedded into the bank and elevated to reduce soil excavation, retaining walls were built and the drainage was addressed. Staircases and fencing were cleverly designed to minimise visual impact and allow easy access around the property. To soften and soothe, layers of planting were formed around the mid-level with a lush green flat lawn on the upper level. The BBQ terrace and a pool cabana created a better outdoor entertainment space.

A new staircase with materials and colours that complement existing house features was designed at the front of the property to replace the original, steep concrete stairs, A pedestrian path and gate improved access from the road. Subtle security fencing and terraced gardens also improved functionality, safety and the visual impact of the property.

Softscape: The planting brief for the terrace and pool area was for a structured, green garden with seasonal interest of colour and flowers. Creating privacy from neighbouring properties was also essential. The front and drive planting needed to soften the hardscape and create interest at the various levels. The client was keen to have a Buxus parterre and to use a predominance of flowering plants including roses, hydrangeas and perennials as well as specimen trees.


Rear landscape development & front staircase:
Simon Farrell, 027 523 1592

Pool & Spa: Duncan Hogg Pools
027 496 4155

Front landscape development and driveway:
Strass Landscape Developers
09 358 -3303


Rear and front planting: Barbara Garrett Planting Design Ltd
021 441 411
09 630-7120


Jenny Pullar Landscape Lighting & Garden Design,
021 399 932
09 820 3520