15 Nov Green wall transforms inner city outlook
High above street level, the first view from the Jeffares’ inner city apartment is not other city buildings but a green flowering vista thanks to a 17 metre green wall as a balustrade.
The North facing apartment, with distant views of the sparkling Waitemata Harbour, has a 140 square metre balcony creating a unique opportunity for “something special rather than just planter pots”.
Nicola and Peter Jeffares had got some ideas from a book called “Rooftop Garden” and then contacted Natural Habitats to help them design their dream.
“Natural Habitats was committed to creating our brief for a water feature and a green wall,” says Peter. “They then embellished and enhanced our brief with a floating private deck outside our bedroom, copper planters and pumice gabion planters.”
There are many aspects that the Jeffares love about their balcony garden.
“When you’re sitting down, you forget that you’re right in the middle of the city, as it has a sense of peacefulness, quiet and calm,” Nicola says. “Our friends and family visiting the garden are absolutely stunned with the size of the balcony and its transformation into a garden.”
With a mix of covered and uncovered areas, a BBQ, and an outdoor lounge and gas fire, the Jeffares describe their balcony as a garden for all seasons.
“We enjoy our garden day and night, in rain and shine, and in summer and winter,” says Nicola. “During the day, you enjoy the planting on the balcony and the borrowed tree line of the city. At night, the city lights add to the balcony illumination.”