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Infinity edge pool with postcard views

100 Sparkling Pools with Postcard Views – as featured on Houzz, July 2019

Check out one of our stunning swimming pools on Houzz!  Keep on going, we’re at number 92!!


Inviting outdoor spaces with stunning swimming pool

Swimming Pools – By Design

Landscape Architecture Aotearoa, 25th February 2019

“Swimming pool design is a complex design area and requires a sound understanding of design principles, writes Shafer Design principal, Robin Shafer. As a high value item, as with all investments, it is always advisable for a client to seek high-quality advice before construction. By hiring a landscape architect to design a pool, a homeowner should expect to be working with …

Contemporary Gardens of New Zealand

Contemporary Gardens of New Zealand, Carol Bucknell & Sally Tagg

A strong sense of arrival is an essential aspect of a well-executed landscape design….

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NZ House and Garden October 2018

NZ House and Garden – October 2018

“We asked three experts how to get more love from your garden for your labour and discovered that, with some planning and a heroic burst of initial effort, you can create an alfresco space that flourishes while you put your feet up”

Please read the following NZ House and Garden article to learn more…


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House and Garden, Fusion Formula – 2014

Courtesy of NZ House and Garden

A blend of Pacific, Asian and European influences animates an Auckland garden designed with fun in mind…

Magazine Article – Scanned Original


Resort style pool, modernist pergola, stepping stones, unobtrusive fencing, NZ Natives and grasses
Inviting outdoor spaces with stunning swimming pool

House of the Year 2018

Courtesy of House of the Year.

The owners had an absolute field day creating this unique home for themselves and their three teenagers on a staggering nine-acre section north of Auckland. Inviting outdoor spaces unfold naturally off the generously glazed living areas and elegant master bedroom. Extensive landscaping sets the scene for star-studded summer gatherings. Stylish and spacious, the pavilion design features five bedrooms, four bathrooms and three living spaces on a mammoth 511sqm footprint. The …

Outdoor room with louvres and palms

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 masses. …


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 …

Cape Cod-style new build with complementary planting

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 …