Coastal Courtyard

Materials and built form gesture out to the sea views and offer a strong counterpoint to the rolling contour of this dune-top site. Low maintenance and unfussy plants and materials reflect the essence of relaxed sea-side living. Staggered Macrocarpa louver screens provide a sense of mystery on arrival, buffer winds and offer privacy and a rich textural backdrop to the courtyard area. Incorporating several native coastal species, this garden also features a self-sown yellow flowering Pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa var. Aurea), a descendant from a pair discovered in the 1940s on Motiti Island which sits several kilometres directly out from the site.

Coastal entrance design

"For the street and driveway side of the courtyard, …timber screens were created. These screens form a textured backdrop to the courtyard space and look great at night with lighting." Read article…
HOME NZ magazine Oct-Nov 2011

Seaside plantings
Seaside deck, courtyard
Sculpture fencing, fence detail
Garden edgins, meulenbekia, pavers

"Paving lines are softened with ground covers, and rocks add height to this section of the garden." Read article…
HOME NZ magazine Oct-Nov 2011

Landscape contractor: Glenn Fowler @ Masonry Landscapes Ltd, Te Puke
Steel sculptures: Jon Hall