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NZ Swimming Pool Fencing and Rules

How to avoid ruining your beautiful new swimming pool with an ugly fence design!

You have a beautiful pool in mind, you’ve gathered together all your inspiration pictures, however if you do not take the right steps during your design process the reality is the swimming pool fencing can ruin it. Whilst your design is being developed you must take into account how the fencing will work with your swimming pool …


NZ Swimming Pool Fencing Solutions

Swimming pool fencing can make or break a swimming pool design.  If it is handled well, the finished result will not detract from your view of the pool or your outdoor living. Below are a few ideas, and tips for a stylish swimming pool fencing solution.

Basic Pool Fencing rules

The basic swimming pool fencing rules require a 1200mm minimum height barrier around the pool enclosure.  There should …

Loggia entertainment area with a resort style pool with unobtrusive pool fencing and native planting

Swimming Pool Design – Secrets on how to avoid common pitfalls

It’s hot!! Perhaps you have just had your summer holidays and are back at home and you’ve decided you want to cool off in your own home……. you want a swimming pool!! ….. But where do you start? 

Start with some really good quality design advice. A pool is a high value item and, as with all investments, it is always advisable to get some quality advice – hire a swimming pool designer.   

Every square metre of land in most suburban …

Outdoor space

Garden Design for Living

The Garden as a “Room”
Consider your garden spaces

Comparing the garden to a room or series of rooms in a house puts us immediately into familiar territory. We have all, at some point in our lives, either designed or redecorated rooms or entire houses. Garden design can work along the same principles.

Consider, for example, the division of space in a house. We take it for granted that living areas for dining …


In Search of Stylish Landscape Design by Robin Shafer

Garden Style

Great landscape design is mix of inspired layout and refined and considered garden styling.

Have you ever wondered what makes you notice a garden and enjoy the space? When you feel a sense of “rightness” or coherency; you understand the story it tells.  This is achieved through an intelligent and consistent styling that makes us subconsciously take notice and feel a garden.

What is Garden Style?

A garden design has two main …


How Can You Make the Most of Outdoor Space?

Planning an exterior space can feel daunting because with no natural physical divisions in place it can be difficult to envisage where one area might stop and another one start. But Shafer Design’s Robin Shafer says it’s no different than planning an interior space – something which New Zealanders are very comfortable with.

Please click here to read the full article.


Style Tips for a Low Maintenance Garden

If your garden was a joy to look at, fun to lounge in, and easy care would it enrich your life? A peaceful retreat from the “busyness “of living can bring peace and serenity to our lives.

When we have time to stop and reflect we become the people we want to be …. Not the cranky, stressy beings that we become when there’s not enough fun.

Managing our time these …


Soil Tips for a Low Maintenance Garden

Healthy, happy soil will make healthy, strong plants for you to enjoy! Attention to their growing environment and Soil preparation is the place to start when creating a low maintenance garden. The time taken to do the groundwork is time well spent, saving you money on failed plants and hours of time further down the track, on second attempts.

Follow the tips below, and your successful garden will bring you joy …


Time Poor – You Need a Low Maintenance Garden

If time and lack of experience are the biggest stumbling blocks to starting your garden, then here are a few tips to help you get paper writing service started with your low maintenance garden. Even a low maintenance garden can bring you joy, and respite from the busyness of life; the effort will be paid back tenfold!

But where do I start?

Even a tiny corner becomes a maze of possibilities… …


Plants of South Africa

Hi again I’m back! All inspired and ready to fire up the landscape design engines.

I’ve been off running the Big Five Marathon in South Africa since my last blog and enjoyed seven days with runners from all over the world, running amongst the lions and other wild animals on the Entabeni Game Reserve. What a place!  I had a second week in the Dolomite Hills near Johannesburg known as the …