Welcome to our blog post about the Takapuna Landscaping Project on Aucklands North Shore
In this project, our clients, Nick and Clare, had two young boys and a lovely Ragdoll cat. The existing landscape was outdated, with old cobble edging, a poorly functioning space, visible utility area, sloping lawn, and a lack of security. With a budget ranging from $35,000 to $45,000, the clients were looking for a transformation.
Nick and Clare had a clear vision for their Takapuna landscaping project, including the following requirements
To meet the clients’ needs for the Takapuna landscaping project, we undertook the following steps:
We began by removing the existing shed and excavating to the correct depth. The new deck was constructed using 90mm Kwila timber, providing additional strength to accommodate the spa. The deck was carefully painted to ensure a seamless integration with the existing deck.
We built timber stairs that mirrored the look of the deck, creating a cohesive design.
The old lawn was replaced with instant lawn and tall fescue. Premium lawn mix was brought in to create a level surface, and a step was added to address the sloping issue, providing easy access to the utility area.
For a clean and contemporary look, we used 100 by 50mm H4 timber painted in black. The edging was securely pegged in place, defining the garden borders.
We replaced the old cobblestones with larger pavers, giving the area a more modern feel. A gate and screen were added for both privacy and aesthetic appeal.
To provide access over the lawn to the utility area, we laid porcelain tiles on a concrete bed, achieving a visually pleasing and functional solution.
Screens were installed in the decking area, along with a matching gate, enhancing privacy and creating a cozy atmosphere. The gate and screens were meticulously painted to blend seamlessly with the existing fence.
Strip LED lighting was carefully integrated into the screens and fence, adding a captivating glow to the outdoor space during evenings.
Throughout the project, we encountered several challenges, including matching the new deck height with the existing structure, limited access due to a tight site and shared driveway, manual earthworks due to space constraints, and the difficulties of painting in cold weather with extended drying times.
STEPS AND LANDING
The Takapuna Landscaping Project came together beautifully, with each element complementing the others. The meticulous painting of the timber played a significant role in achieving a cohesive look. Nick and Clare were fantastic to work with, and we thoroughly enjoyed bringing their vision to life.
We are extremely pleased with the exceptional job that the Lush team did in designing and executing our garden upgrade. They extended the deck, built new fences and gates, laid pavers, leveled and relaid the lawn, and took care of painting and other odd jobs. We were impressed by their attention to detail and how seamlessly they integrated the changes with the existing deck and outdoor spaces. They went above and beyond, even tackling additional painting and odd jobs, and maintained excellent communication throughout the process. Thank you so much for the outstanding results. We couldn’t be happier!