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Outdoor room with louvres and palms

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Urbis – How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

As featured in Urbis,

Kathleen Kinney talks with three award-winning landscape designers – Mark Read of Natural Habitats, Robin Shafer of Shafer Design and Xanthe White of Xanthe White Design – about New Zealand gardens; and asks them what makes a great outdoor space.

Urbis: In terms of residential garden designs, how have style and aesthetics changed?

Mark Read: The biggest change is that years ago ‘outdoor living’ wasn’t for the …

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shaferdesign is now on ARCHIPRO!!

“ArchiPro is the most empowering visual representation of New Zealand’s architecture and design industry. Launched in 2014, we have grown to become the nation’s largest and fastest growing resource for architecture online. Leading the way through inspiration, today ArchiPro receives well over 1.5m annual page views, is home to around 65,000 – 70,000 site visits every month with a rapidly growing database of 70,000 registered users and followers.”

When you are …

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Cape Cod-style new build with complementary planting

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Master Builders Awards Best New Zealand Houses of 2016

A Cape Cod-style new build in Auckland and a transplanted villa renovation in Hamilton are the Supreme Award winners in the 26th Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards.

The Awards were announced at a gala dinner attended by over 500 guests from the building and construction industry held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.

Auckland firm Richard Davidson Builders won four national awards for their Campbells Bay home, including …

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Garden of the Week: A St Heliers Garden

An Auckland couple’s grand plan to give their elegant St Heliers home the garden it deserved involved months and months of not-so-grand hard labour. Trish and Chris mulled over the transformation of their garden for years, but the final stages of their ambitious makeover were carried out relatively speedily by the couple themselves – they planted 7000 roses, buxus and other plants during four months of dawn-to-dusk, hands-and-knees toil.

Their story …

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Shafer Design - Plants and Porch

Thursday, March 9, 2017

NZ House and Garden Garden of the Week

 

Sue was living nearby when she fell head over heels for the house with its graceful return verandah, two pohutukawa standing guard at its entrance, and proximity to the Waitemata Harbour. “I ran past it most days and hoped that one day it would be mine,” she says. After much cajoling, the Waymouths convinced the family who had lived there for 20 years that they would love it just as …

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Maximum design on a small site, with pool and spa

Monday, June 29, 2015

Well Proportioned

As Featured in Trends magazine,

Holiday homes were once defined by their large sites – landscaping was limited to a great expanse of buffalo grass and a few fruit trees. Today, sites are smaller, space is at a premium and there is a more pressing need to maximise the available outdoor living areas.

For this project by landscape architect Robin Shafer of Shafer Design and pool builder Neil Runciman of Frontier Pools, …

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Landscape Gardens by New Zealand's Top Designers

Monday, September 2, 2013

Landscape

Gardens by New Zealand Top Designers/Robin Shafer – Rose Thodey and Gil Hanly.

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Soft landscaping includes native korokia hedges to add formality and help frame the outdoor rooms

Monday, September 2, 2013

Outdoor rooms

No property sits in isolation – there is always a backdrop that influences both the architecture and the landscape.For this Greenhithe project, it was a picturesque native bush setting that helped inspire the landscape design by Robin Shafer of Robin Shafer Design.

“The design needed to complement the setting, but the architecture of the house required a degree of formality,” Shafer says. “There was also a need to link several …

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Balinese inspired property with tropical planting

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Upon reflection

Lifestyle considerations are always a priority when you are looking to renovate or build a new home. And an attractive outdoor living area is probably right at the top of the list.

Robin Shafer of Shafer Design says the earlier a landscape designer is consulted on a project, the better the outcome.
“Outdoor living is an integral part of a modern lifestyle, and needs to be planned from the outset,” …

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