Outside rooms

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  • October 10, 2014
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    Following inspiration from this year’s Ellerslie Flower Show, outdoor rooms are a little left-field, but can look spectacular if planned in the right way. They offer a retreat in areas that may have seen better days and refresh the space for multi-purpose use. As spring draws in, now’s a good time

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Garden design for small spaces

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  • October 10, 2014
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Build & Renovate Today spoke to John McGrail, design director of Dalman Architects about design trends for entertaining and extended living spaces. “Big isn’t necessarily best anymore,” John says. “People are looking for high quality, high functioning spaces that respond to their lifestyles, are adaptable

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Shaping your place

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  • June 30, 2014
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Using the principals of design in your landscape   By Katie Costain and Ben Freeman The principles of design and composition help create a harmonious object or space. These principles are translatable across many mediums and while some may be more important than others depending on the discipline, they are t

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Outside ideas

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  • June 30, 2014
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  Nothing quite makes or breaks a property with as much ease as quality landscaping and let’s fact it - first impressions really do count. According to Erik Ellis Landscapes’ managing director Dr Erik Ellis, the key to making the best first impression is locality. “Like real estate, it’s all about loca

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Getting well grounded

By Katie Costain and Ben Freeman As many Cantabrians begin to rebuild or renovate their homes, it becomes important to start considering the landscape and its functionality within your property. The garden is typically an afterthought in the building process however, it is a crucial step in the developme

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Grow your own

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  • October 7, 2013
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By Melinda Collins Your garden is likely a shadow of its summer self as spring and its accompanying weather slowly but surely creeps in. While there might still be some brassica family greens toiling through the cooler months, the abundance of the warmer months is nothing more than a leafy green memory at this tim

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