Living lines

It’s been said many times that he who fails to plan, plans to fail.

Never has a statement been so true as when it comes to landscape planning it is the quintessential corner stone of any amazing landscape. Every living line represents years of studying, hours and hours of research bringing all hard and soft elements together in harmony to create a balance of tranquillity and practicality, creating a space that truly feels yours.

Design within existing lines.

Stormwater is one of the major problems within New Zealand, especially in Auckland with the increasing population. Water ways are one of the major components that you have to take into account while designing on ground.

In any form of landscape reconstruction, underground services need to be kept in mind. We can always stumble cross electrical wiring through to wastewater pipes which can change the direction of a job if not planned out right.

When designing for any property, Soulscape aims to create a space that you don’t find in a typical residential home, we want our client’s end result reaction to be amazed knowing that their home will be one in a million.

One of Soulscape’s residential design included an existing stormwater pipe that had concrete poured over the top, which over time lead the concrete to crack making this the property’s low point. Soulscape’s plan opened up the water pipe creating a miniature live stream that ran through the property’s backyard, planting and terracing were introduced to make the home more aesthetically pleasing in a subtropical theme.

The entire landscape design included opening up the water pipe to create a live stream, terracing the back corner of the property to create more usable areas which included a custom designed chimenea by Soulscape for the terrace, a timber boardwalk to allow crossing above the stream, large steps as an access way into the backyard and planting throughout to bring life into the property.

While this design allows for an aesthetic look, it also serves a functional purpose. By exposing the stormwater pipe, it allows the waterway to act as a wet swale.

A swale is a low strip of land, specifically one that is moist or boggy. The phrase can refer to a natural landscape feature or a human-created one. Manmade swales are often designed to manage water runoff, filter pollutants, and increase rainwater infiltration.

Help promote healthy waterways