Midas touch

Good landscaping substantially increases a home's value. This resort-style garden was designed by national landscaping awards judge Robin Shafer
Exterior view of resort-style home designed by Masonry backyard, estate, grass, home, house, landscape, landscaping, lighting, property, real estate, reflecting pool, resort, swimming pool, villa, brown
Exterior view of resort-style home designed by Masonry Design Solutions with garden and pool landscape designed by Schafer Design and built by Second Nature and Frontier Pools

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."


Water feature designed by Schafer Design and built arecales, evening, landscape, leaf, morning, nature, palm tree, plant, reflection, resort, sea, sky, sunlight, tree, tropics, vacation, vegetation, water
Water feature designed by Schafer Design and built by Frontier Pools as part of resort-style home designed by Masonry Design Solutions

Shafer says a successful project invariably involves teamwork and good communication between homeowners and designer, and also subcontractors, whose work she oversees.

Shafer does not promote any one particular style, as every project demands a different design response.

"A subtropical garden, such as the one featured here, may be a solution for a house with resort-style architecture, but my experience over 25 years designing gardens has allowed me to master several different styles. These range from modernist designs to more formal traditional layouts, or landscapes that are completely naturalistic. Swimming pool design is a particular interest."

Exterior view of resort-style home designed by Masonry architecture, arecales, cottage, estate, flora, home, house, palm tree, plant, property, real estate, resort, tree, tropics, window
Exterior view of resort-style home designed by Masonry Design Solutions with garden and pool landscape redesigned by Robin Schafer

Although based in Auckland, Shafer undertakes work throughout the country.

For more details, contact Shafer Design, phone (09) 420 4412, mob 021 717 377. Website: www.shaferdesign.co.nz.

Mar 11, 2009
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