08 Sep Natural Habitats staring in The Kiwi Dream, Prime 7.30pm this Friday
The Kiwi Dream is a six part, one hour TV series that follows the ups and downs of a major private renovation project. The project, a 1950’s property has until recently, been kept by the one family for 60 years and barely been touched since it was built. Situated on a cliff top above Karaka Bay with magnificent uninterrupted views of the Hauraki Gulf, the potential is limitless!
‘It’s perched high above a beach in Auckland, but you could be in the far north or looking out across the South Pacific from the Banks Peninsula. The city feels so far away,’ commented presenter Evie Ashton.
Pascal Tibbits, Senior Landscape Designer at Natural Habitats teamed up with Architect Dean Wyllie to transform the property into a ‘Kiwi Dream’ by adding a modern feel, whilst keeping the initial 1950’s Californian bungalow style architecture.
‘Landscape design is about speaking the same language as the environment you are working with…. most often this includes the architecture, and if we respect the past, but look into the future, the results can be very satisfying,’ said Pascal Tibbits.
While a team from Refresh Renovations (www.refresh.co.nz) tackled the house, a team of experts from Natural Habitats looked after the landscape installation, to help achieve the dream and make the most of the spectacular views. Each section of the house and property will be transformed per episode.
Episode 1 tackles the master bedroom and the landscaping. The team is faced with challenges along the way when they find out that the floor boards have rotted, the old clay pipes need replacing and the concerned neighbours complain to council forcing the landscape part of the project to an immediate halt, while the situation was resolved. Evie is soon running over budget!
Despite these hurdles, the house team is able to produce a stunning main bedroom, and in the meantime council approved works on the landscape to proceed,
Find out more by tuning into The Kiwi Dream, Friday 15 November, 7.30pm on PRIME.
You can also visit www.primetv.co.nz/kiwidream and enter to win a grand prize to the value of $10,000 including – landscape concept design drawings by Pascall Tibbits from Natural Habitats and architectural plans from Refresh Renovations