Deck and Landscape Design in East Of Auckland

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Good Morning Everyone,

Hope you have lucky and happy ANZAC holidays!!

Japan Homes are currently engaging a whole house renovation in East Of Auckland and have been asked by the owner to design and build timber deck with a spa installed outside the kitchen area.

We would like to share our deck design with you guys so please have a look at below and give me any comments if you like!!


Existing Condition


The whole house is under construction at the moment and the photo shows the backyard.

The deck should begin from the rear entrance and expand towards the both sides of the building as well as the swimming pool to cover most of the concrete ground and walk path.

The owner wants to install a spa, pergola, bench and counter top below the kitchen window on the exterior wall.

I like the idea of the counter top so much because you can prepare meals or drinks inside the kitchen but easily serve to people outside via the counter when have BBQ, party, or just sit back and relax in the garden with some drinks ans snacks.


There is another consideration about the deck design; Approach to the swimming pool from the rear entrance.



The deck should connect to the timber platform (landing) in the photo but, as you see, the landing is not straight in the direction of the rear entrance but we would like to create this approach neatly and smart.


Our Proposed Design

Here is our design.

Option 1 Perspective 3B

Plan Option 1

We put the timber deck to cover the existing concrete ground, and the bench, pergola and spa around outside the kitchen and rear entrance. There is also the counter top outside the kitchen.

Option 1 Perspective 4

From the pergola area you can have a nice view of small Japanese Garden nearby.

Option 1 Perspective 6

Here is a perspective view of the entire garden.

Option 1 Perspective 2

Approaching Stairs To The Pool Area

We have prepared the two options for the approach stairs:

One is the one already shown above (Option 1).

The other is shown below (Option 2).

Plan Option 2

Option 2 Perspective 1

Option 2 is just a straight path from the rear entrance to the landing.

You see that the connection of the stairs and landing looks a little funny.

Here is Option 1:

Plan Option 1

Option 1 Perspective 2

I think Option 1 looks smarter and more interesting than Option 2.

Which one would you like if you were the owner?


Thank you so much for reading!!

See you next week (*^o^*)!!


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Amazon OkuchiArchitectural Designer
Qualification: Degree of Architecture Studies and Graduate Diploma of Psychology (University Of Auckland) ; 2nd Grade Cad Technician (Japan)
Family: Extremely lovely wife, wonderfully kind mother in low, awesomely hardworking chickens, surprisingly lazy cat and unbelievably naughty dog.

I love architecture and design so much that I have been to so many buildings and places around the world such as Sydney Opera House in Sydney, CCTV building in Beijing, Empire State Building in New York, Royal Palace in Bangkok, Houryu-Ji in Nara, etc. However, the residential building attracts me the most. For nearly 10 years I have visited heaps of local and historical homes around New Zealand which I feel the builders’ great workmanship as well as occupants’ life.

From this experience my aim is to design and provide the comfortable and affordable houses with the spirit of Japanese workmanship that people enjoy and improve their quality of life.

In this blog I write my everyday experience of work to show what is a designer’s work and how it goes at Japan Homes.

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