8 expert tips for designing a swimming pool to enhance your home & lifestyle
If you find yourself getting to the end of each summer thinking ‘next year I’m definitely getting a swimming pool’, then now’s the perfect time to start planning what you really want from a pool.
The right swimming pool design will work for your family situation increasing opportunities for the kids to play and reducing time driving to the pool or beach. It should also work for your property …
How to Choose the Right Landscape Gardener to Implement Your Garden Design
Our job as landscape designers and landscape architects is to design a garden that meets your needs, enhances your lifestyle and the architecture of your home. We also need to choose plants that will flourish in the environment we have created. Choosing the right landscape gardener to bring this to life can make or break your creative garden project.
What makes a great landscape gardener?
The final design creation only works if …READ MORE
The Shafer Landscape Design Process – from start to finish
As a client the most important thing to remember when hiring a landscape designer is to know that this is your garden and it is your chance to express who you are, from start to finish. By using our “Shafer Design Landscape Design Process”, we will ensure you are proud of your garden for years to come.
What is your landscaping brief?
Thinking about what you want, and bringing your brief to …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
In Search of Stylish Landscape Design by Robin Shafer
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 …READ MORE
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.
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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.
Managing our time these …READ MORE