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Selwyn Times: January 31, 2017

2 12 [Edition datE] Your

2 12 [Edition datE] Your guide to Show Homes & New Sections in the Selwyn District Landscaping and house design go together When looking at house designs, think about outdoor living and how the home will sit on your chosen section, along with the practicality of indoor/outdoor flow for you and your family. Often landscaping is down the list and while we may note where sliders are on a house plan we may think no further, yet planning helps ensure there is really functional outdoor space. If gardening is not your thing, your landscaping may no more than one or two patio areas, a few plants in pots then lawn with some trees and shrubs. For those who like gardening, positioning of garden beds will also be a factor. Sub-divisions usually have covenants requiring that a house and landscape plan (of any area visible to the street) is submitted for approval, before construction of the home begins. Plan outdoor living spaces for functionality. Identifying plant species on this plan may not be necessary with just an indication of number of plants along with their heights and widths needed. A landscape designer may provide you with plant details or you might consult a nursery who will recommend suitable plants. Minimalism is currently fashionable with grouping of evergreen shrubs and in larger spaces one or two trees to create effect. Natives are popular but consider also Rhododendrons and Camellias that while being slower growers, do put on a stunning display of colour in spring. If you want a little more interest in your garden, you might include a water feature, pergola or additional fencing within the property itself. The latter two have the added advantage of providing shelter from wind and sun. Look at how the dimensions of each house plan fits within your chosen piece of dirt, to see where such features might be positioned and whether it is workable. Planning your outdoor space early will also mean that you can have any pre-wiring for outside lighting undertaken by the electrician when the house is constructed, saving dollars and making it easier as the cables will be laid at a safe depth (a legal requirement) and ready for the later construction. In relation to hard surfaces, while driveways, paths and concrete patios are regularly planned as part of the build, other outdoor concrete areas may not be considered. If you do have an idea of additional parking areas to be concreted for a caravan or boat or other hard surfaces you would like, it may save on the budget by having this completed when the workmen are on the job rather than them having to come back at some point in the future. It also gets these jobs done. While the budget may be a factor in determining how many of your landscaping ideas are put into practice at the time of the build, having a plan in mind and costing for it is a good idea. It could save dollars down the track so talk to your builder, electrician and landscape designer. You may also like to put some ideas down on paper as a starting point. Planning helps ensure there are functional outdoor spaces. Sub-division covenants require approval of house and landscape plans. Consider how the dimensions of each house plan against fits with your chosen section. Brent loves reading the newspaper. So we designed an extra wide bench for him to stop his paper falling into the sink. Start your own story 03 348 1994 | www.peterrayhomes.co.nz

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