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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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Balinese inspired property with tropical planting

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Midas touch

Alfresco living is so integral to modern lifestyles that landscape design is no longer an afterthought. Rather, it is a crucial element of the overall architecture.
Robin Shafer of Shafer Design says a project has much more scope if landscape designers are consulted early.

“A thoughtful landscape that enhances the architecture will increase the value of a house substantially.”

Shafer says a successful project invariably involves teamwork and …

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Mix of Buxus with tropical plants is an effective emulation of formal Mediterranean garden design

Thursday, August 29, 2013

European Outlook

Hard and soft landscaping completes the home’s Mediterranean air. The landscape design was by Robin Shafer Design and built by Town & Country. The garden was planted and will be maintained by Christine Ramage Landscapes.

The brief was to design a formal structural layout with a resort flavour, says Shafer. The overall look also had to fit with the

Italianate style of the house.

“We used natural stone to age …

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