March 2014

Sun Lounger

The Brief

The home owners of this multilevel home had a garden which was overlooked and disconnected.

Their terraced outdoor garden was tucked beside the third floor kitchen and living areas. Half of the space was cobblestone with the other half decking, separated by a retaining wall while an abundance of mature trees encroached from neighbouring properties.

The brief was simple. Maximise the usable space, light and views.

The Solution

To create an open, light, outdoor room, with a single level and uninterrupted views.

The existing rubber trees had outgrown their space and had to go, as did the trampoline.

This was a difficult property to get access to, with everything needing to be carried up stairs, so clever use of retaining walls and garden layout was important to minimise the need to remove large quantities of waste.

The Result

We created a seamless outdoor room.

Vitex hardwood was used to build the decking, board and batten cladding used to match the house.  Now ample space for a full set of dining furniture, a built in sun lounger and uninterrupted views through the new glass balustrade.

Simple planting with three large Ficus Hilli standards, under planted with Libertia and Ficus Pumila ground-covers for ease of maintenance beside the seating, with a Corokia hedge above the retaining wall and Star Jasmine trained to hang over.  A lime tree now pride of place overlooking the decking.

The existing anchor system for a shade sail has been kept in place; this will also be used for a hammock.

Our brief to Nick was simple, turn a small and unwelcoming outdoor space into a low maintenance outdoor room for our family. Nick delivered on this brief very well, and our whole family is delighted with the completed project. We will work with Nick again without question and recommend NJD to anyone considering a landscaping project.
— Graeme L


'Before' multi leveled yard


Overgrown pathway


Jungle entry


Streamlined entry


New retaining


Preparing for the new glass balustrade


Decking & seating in progress


The finished deck, all shiny & new


New planting & retaining


New entry planting


Glass balustrade in place


To enjoy : grab a cuppa!


New seating in situ


Pratia Angulata ground cover