This beautifully built 1980's town garden just didn't impress the new owners of this lovely Wadestown villa.
This lovely early 1930's cottage in Seatoun had an existing garden which at best could be described as wind-blown, 'seaside-style' – it even allowed sand into the house. The plan was to start again from scratch, removing all the old boundaries, materials and plants except the Pohutakawa and cabbage tree, and build a low-maintenance garden, with site specific planting around a lawn positioned in the sunniest spot.
Roof gardens tend to have a good view, not always, and it's generally something to do with being on top of a building. Unfortunately with that comes one or two other considerations, especially if you're in Wellington, like the wind and privacy, or lack of. So designing a roof garden for a smart set of apartments overlooking Oriental Parade and the harbour offered all sorts of excitements and one or two original problems that needed addressing.
The garden to this lovely period weatherboard and terracotta-tiled house was concentrated on the Eastern, downhill and shady side of the house. What little there was to the West, predominantly WCC road reserve, with some parts of a drive built on the next door neighbour’s section, was a run-down, high-maintenance, impractical, and un-safe approach to the house with an unappealing aesthetic that needed bringing up-to-date.