Creating a beautiful garden and deck extension in Sandringham, Auckland Central

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A lacklustre backyard and plain deck were transformed into a stylish entertainment zone and beautiful garden area, perfect for family and friends.

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Help Wanted

Cameron’s backyard in Sandringham, Auckland was a “Plain Jane”. There was no design, planting was sparse, and the small deck with troublesome stairs lacked any personality. Hardly an inspiring place to kick back with the family or host a BBQ! Cameron was hoping that expert landscaping could transform the space into a relaxing retreat, so he contacted his local Zones Consultant Kate Ryan for some advice.  

Kate arranged a free consultation to meet with Cameron and discuss goals for his outdoor renovation. A deck extension was a top priority, as well as a more purposeful garden design to make the area more inviting. Kate offered some initial advice and explained more about the Zones process. 

Zones renovations are tailored to your needs by a consultant committed to delivering outstanding results on time, on budget, and stress-free. Your consultant remains your single point of contact throughout the project, and no work begins until you are completely happy with the design and budget. This type of managed service sounded perfect to Cameron, so he gladly moved forward to the exciting design phase. 

Creating a Concept

As an experienced consultant with a keen eye for design and detail, Kate was thrilled to work on Cameron’s backyard blank canvas. Transforming the existing deck would be a key feature of the renovation; steps would be extended down to the lawn between new feature planter boxes, and the odd alcove would be cleverly turned into a sunken seating area. Time was spent deliberating over a potential pergola and different screen options, but ultimately Cameron decided to increase the budget to achieve the design look he wanted with stunning custom-made cedar wood screens.

Elsewhere, porcelain pavers and built-in bench seating would feature in the new sunken zone, while new pebbles, pavers, and planting between the fence line and the house would smarten up the property. New, easy-care gardens with edging would be established all around the property, and the boundary fences spruced up with fresh paint. Garden lighting would be the cherry on the top!

Work Underway

Once Cameron signed off on the concept, it was time to sit back, relax, and watch Kate’s trusted team of professionals work their magic! Ordinarily, sourcing multiple quotes and scheduling tradespeople can be a time-consuming headache, but with Zones, every element of the build is managed for you – including council consent – to keep the stress at bay. You’re always kept up to date by your consultant, and have access to the customer portal anytime, anywhere.

Kate expertly managed every element of the landscaping, from the deck build and planting, to sourcing the custom cedar screens and installation of garden lighting. During the work phase, Cameron decided to also add lawn irrigation which Kate was able to organise.

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Style Plus!

In just a few short weeks, Cameron’s backyard was transformed into a stylish outdoor living area with designated areas for relaxing and entertaining. The deck extension with new cedar slat screens is a fabulous feature, uplifting a simple deck into a truly special space. The deck no longer has a large drop to the garden – instead wide stairs lead to the garden between two in-built planter boxes. The once ‘missing’ portion of the deck that looked so out of place is now a novel sunken seating area off the main deck, providing an extra nook with bench seating and beautiful pavers.

Multiple edged gardens built around the property are filled with low maintenance shrubs and flaxes and black bark to tie in with the new fence paint. Pebbles and pavers now offer a smart passage between the house and boundary fence.

Final Words

Cameron’s Plain Jane backyard is now a stylish outdoor living space, with beautiful features and unique design elements. Feature cedar slat screens elevated the simple deck into a special space for entertaining, while plantings around the property have added warmth, interest, and an inviting feeling. Kate is thrilled with the transformation. “What a difference good design can make! Cameron’s new backyard looks fantastic, and I love that the sunken seating area is a novel design feature that looks like it was always meant to be!”

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This project was completed in
September 2023
Project description
Landscaping and Decking
Auckland Central
New Zealand
Project duration
4 weeks plus additional wait time for custom screens
Cost estimate
Actual cost
$68,000 after requested additions during build.
Delay with cedar screens
Interesting aspects
Custom cedar slatted screens and gates; Sunken entertaining space
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Kate Ryan is Landscaping Consultant of Woodbury Landscapes Ltd, a franchisee of Zones Outdoor Renovations Ltd, doing business in Auckland.

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