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17 Apr 2016

Choosing and planning your swimming pool

When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing better than going for a dip in a beautiful swimming pool. Many people dream of having a swimming pool in their backyard but they don’t install one thinking that it will be hard to maintain, expensive, or they simply don’t have enough room. We have the perfect solution because we offer world-class Narellan swimming pools that come in a wide variety of shapes, colours, and sizes that will be sure to meet your needs and expectations – transforming your ordinary backyard into a private oasis.

Going for a swim to beat the summer heat is one of our national pastimes. There’s no better way to spend quality time with family and friends away from electronics while getting some exercise.

Our range of in-ground fiberglass Narellan pools are low maintenance, long-lasting, and affordable. They’re resistant to UV exposure and chemicals, meaning you won’t find them fading or needing new liners or resurfacing like other pools. Narellan pools also have an Aqua Gel coating, making them smooth but non-slip while keeping them resistant to pesky bacteria and algae.

Our pools come in many colors with a selection of finishes. Choose from our Crystal Granite range for a pool that sparkles, or from our unique Marbleglass range for a look of luxury. Narellan pools are quick and easy to install, so our experts can have your pool installed within just a few weeks, ready for you to dive right in!

Deciding the swimming pool design that is right for your property and lifestyle is crucial. Our Symphony pool, for example, is ideal for families with children because of its child-safety ledge and gradual depth. People with small properties will love our space-saving Eden pool which would be an excellent choice for seniors wanting a low-impact aerobic workout. Those that are serious about getting some daily exercise would love our Panama Lap Pool, while big families would love entertaining and lounging around one of our many larger pools. Our pools, in unique and elegant shapes, can give you the feeling of being at a tropical resort or villa.

Once you’ve determined your pool shape, colour, and size, you need to design your pool surroundings before your backyard paradise is complete. Your pool and landscape should complement and work with each other.  The path that leads to your pool should be easy to navigate and slip-resistant to avoid accidents. Privacy fences can be installed or shrubbery planted for privacy when using your pool.  Some people like planting trees close by to provide some shade from the sun. Stone, bricks, and concrete surfaces often surround swimming pool areas. To soften up the look and make it look livelier, you can plant flowers close by. A popular way to merge your pool with your landscaping is by incorporating a cascading waterfall into your pool. It looks absolutely stunning and provides you with the tranquil and calming sound of running water.

Make going to your backyard feel like a holiday by adding some of our exciting features to your swimming pool. Swim jets create artificial currents and are often found in lap pools. Spa jets create a bubbling effect in the water and massage you like those found in spas. Swimming pool lights add a special touch to any swimming pool. A swimming pool cleaner is a much-needed feature that will ensure your pool stays spotless with minimal effort. Let’s not forget that you can also have a heated pool system with an energy-efficient heat pump, which will make sure you can swim in your pool for more of the year.

A Narellan swimming pool from Green Gables is a fantastic investment and will increase the property value of your home. The benefits greatly outweigh the costs – if you dream of having the pool of your dreams at a price you can afford, you know where to find us!

10 Apr 2016

Green Gables provides service across Northland

Green Gables has Whangarei and Northland covered for landscaping service.

Green Gables is a long-established local company, providing design and construction services of the highest standards, with the goal of “enriching the outdoor lifestyles of our customers”.

We operate in all these areas:
Bream Bay
Central Whangarei
Helena Bay
Langs Beach
Marsden Point
McLeod Bay
One Tree Point
Parua Bay
Pataua North
Pataua South
Port Whangarei
Sherwood Rise
Springs Flat
Three Mile Bush
Waipu Cove
Whangarei Heads
Whau Valley
Wheki Valley
Bay of Islands

If you are interested in enriching your outdoor lifestyle, please use our contact form and one of our landscape experts will be in touch – or pick up the phone.
If you’re in an area not listed, but you’re in the top half of the North Island, please get in touch and we’ll be glad to see if we can help.

10 Apr 2016

Green Gables overview

Green Gables has been a Northland institution for more than twenty years, designing, excavating, paving, planting and building all over Whangarei, Mangawhai, Dargaville, Kerikeri and the rest of the North (as well as in Wellsford, Warkworth, Whangaparaoa and Auckland).

Our company motto says it all: “Do it right, get it done.”

We are fanatical about quality and communication. We will complete your project to the highest standard, and you’ll be kept informed about the progress of your job the whole way through.

We’re often asked what services we provide – it’s not an exaggeration to say that “we do everything outside.” When you work with Green Gables, you’re taking advantage of the systems we’ve developed and documented over the decades, as well as our hundreds of years of collective experience in landscape design and construction. We also have a TON of gear and because it’s all ours we can say with confidence it will be on site, on time.

If the job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right – don’t trust your home or business landscape to a one-man-band, or a project manager who’s never had dirt under their fingernails.

For a top quality job at a very fair price, with total peace of mind, choose Green Gables.

10 Apr 2016

Outdoor kitchens

Outdoor grilling and barbeques are a huge part of New Zealand’s culture. We have such lovely weather, especially in the summer, so spending time outdoors is a given. What could be better than having an outdoor kitchen allowing you to enjoy the outdoors while keeping the excess heat from cooking out of your home? Whether you just want to throw something on the barbie for a simple meal, or you want to socialise with your mates outside and dine al fresco, an outdoor kitchen will be an investment you’ll never regret!

Warm weather is the perfect excuse for backyard gatherings with family and friends. No party is complete without great food, which is why we tend to do a lot of our socialising over the barbeque. However, anyone who’s had a Kiwi barbie knows how annoying it is to constantly make trips into the house to grab drinks from the fridge or use the sink. Having a fully equipped outdoor kitchen will allow you to do all your food prep and cooking outdoors and with everything you need close by. An outdoor kitchen can even be quite budget-friendly, so there are loads of options for everyone.

To start with, you won’t have a true outdoor kitchen without a good grill or barbecue. Many come built-in today in outdoor kitchens. An outdoor cooktop or wood-burning pizza oven would allow you to create some amazing meals right at home. The addition of a sink and small fridge would mean that there would be no need to head inside to wash up and drinks would be right on hand. Let’s not forget precious counter space and cabinets! Outdoor kitchen counters give you a place to assemble hamburgers, pile up the sausages, or whip up a fresh salad.

Most outdoor kitchen appliances come in stainless steel and look fantastic. You want to make sure your kitchen and landscaping look just as great so your entire outdoor area has a cohesive theme. A well-maintained backyard, appropriately placed walkways, and some potted plants create a charming outside environment. Planting a small vegetable garden nearby would be a great idea. A herb garden, which is relatively easy to grow, will be of so much value when you’re doing your outdoor cooking. An outdoor kitchen should be fuss-free, which goes hand-in-hand with our casual and relaxed attitude. You may even end up cooking in your outdoor kitchen all year round.

The ideal complement to your outdoor kitchen is an outdoor dining area. Make sure it’s close by and covered with a shade such as a canopy or large umbrella so you can enjoy outdoor dining whether rain or shine. Choose furniture that is weatherproof for an all-weather dining area. Lighting is important, both in your kitchen and dining area, because you want to make sure you can entertain outside after the sun goes down. Shades or screens provide some privacy from neighbours.

The team at Green Gables would love to create your concept design in advance, no matter your budget, so you have a kitchen that fulfills all your needs at a price you can afford.

Residential landscaping


Residential landscaping


Residential landscaping

10 Apr 2016

Planning your landscape project

A. Goals and budget

  • What do you NEED, and what do you WANT?
  • What are you hoping to achieve? What activities do you want to support or make possible?
  • What are your timeframes?
  • What is your approximate budget for this investment?
  • Any other constraints?


B. Ideas

  • Grab a manila folder, a filing box, or an account at or
  • Start collecting images and articles
  • Start sketching and/or making notes
  • Look over the Green Gables services pages and gallery pages
  • Get in touch with us to make a time to sit down with a Green Gables landscaping expert – free, no-obligation
  • Complete your design


C. Arrange your finances

  • Ask your Green Gables landscaping expert for an indication of the investment level for your various ideas
  • Compare the total of your needs and wants with your budgeted investment
  • Consider making use of your mortgage or revolving credit facility, as this is probably the cheapest finance you can obtain (if necessary)


D. Get started

  • Your Green Gables landscaping expert will work with you to create a project plan with indicative timeframes
  • Apply for building consent (if you’re working with Green Gables, we’ll be happy to handle this for you)
  • Pay your Green Gables deposit
  • Sit back and watch the Green Gables team swing into action!
01 Apr 2016

Landscaping is a wise investment!

Many people underestimate the power of landscaping and how much it affects their property's value. Anyone would agree that a home with great landscaping looks attractive and inviting, but not only does it add charm and curb appeal to your home, it actually increases your property's resale value. Whether or not you're planning to sell your home now, the money you invest in landscaping can deliver financial benefits.

Create an outdoor oasis!
You can extend your home's living space by creating a relaxing retreat in your backyard. When the weather is pleasant most people want to spend time outdoors, and what could be better than having a place to entertain or unwind at home? A little patio with a seating area is suitable for most budgets, and with the addition of a few plants and lights you've got yourself a delightful outdoor sitting space. Those of us that grill outside can set up a weather-resistant dining area under a shady tree for a lovely alfresco dining experience. When it comes to transforming your outdoor space, the possibilities are endless.

Sell your home for a premium price.
It's generally recommended that up to 10 percent of a property's value should be spent on landscaping. First impressions count, and if you want your home to sell for a premium price it has to attract potential buyers right from the curb. A professionally landscaped property gives the sense of value, which is why homes with a well-maintained landscape have a higher resale value and spend less time on the market. There are additional advantages to landscaping you may not have thought of, too. Trees provide shade in the summer and lower your air conditioning costs, and they act as a windbreak which reduces heating costs in the colder months. In addition, having nice walkway is practical and necessary, while lighting illuminates your property creating an ambiance and making it harder for intruders to target.

Get the best return on your rental property.
If you want your rental home to rent for a higher price, you need to invest in professional landscaping. Tenants will be more willing to pay a high price for your rental home if it's appealing from the outside. The issue with rental homes is that you need to ensure the landscaping looks great without being high maintenance. Keeping in mind that plants that require constant watering will cost your tenants, go for native plants that are suitable for your environment and require little upkeep. A manicured lawn with some perennials and trees is not too expensive but makes a world of difference as far as rental properties are concerned.

Landscaping can improve your property even with limited space or money.
Add a touch of color to wide expanses of grass with flowers and walking paths. Break up a useless slope by creating a terraced garden. Even homes in areas with extreme weather can benefit from landscaping. Rocks, stones, and gravel alone can make up the majority of your landscape such as those used in a Japanese-style zen garden, which adds a sophisticated touch to a property without needing water. Investing in good landscaping will return your investment on the seeds that you sow - literally!

Paving with edging

Send us your details and one of our landscaping experts will be in touch to arrange a no-obligation consultation.