The complete remodeling of this stately Auckland home called for a garden design that reinforced the grandeur of the house.
The original driveway/motor court and expanse of uninspiring lawn did not meet the owner’s expectations for their garden. Natural Habitats design and build team was brought on board to make the owner’s vision for a serene, structured garden a reality.
The end result is a garden which achieves a clever mix of drama and restraint. A combination of new and old is held together in this design through the creation of garden rooms and functional areas. Throughout the design process, designer Mark Read was mindful of creating a garden that was easy to maintain while still being user friendly and inviting. It is this simple design response with layered planting and strong hard landscape components that achieves a unified design appropriate to the intricate house design and local surrounds. The garden, which won silver and bronze at this year’s landscaping NZ awards, was praised for its “bold formal design, which includes many thoughtful details.” The choice of restrained colours, quality materials, good proportions and detail of the highest calibre lends the garden the unity and balance, hallmarks of Natural Habitats work.