Ron Dykman

Ron Dykman

Company

Natural Integration Ltd

Phone

09 445 7095

Mobile

0274 926 920

Email

ron@naturalintegration.co.nz

Website

www.naturalintegration.co.nz

Garden 1: Arney Road, Remuera

Ron became involved with this project in 2011, as he had previously completed work for the client’s parents. The brief was to create a totally integrated design including the re-design of the house, which will be stage 2 of the development, with construction beginning soon. The design brief was to include:

  • the street front wall and entry gates
  • to improve vehicle parking and turning spaces
  • to raise the garden terrace under the old oak tree 2m to make this space more connected
  • to create simple classical garden forms with various spaces and places to wander and contemplate; places for artworks, places to play, a place for the dog
  • to create an outlook from the house, with connections
  • to create private garden courts
  • to create kitchen garden terrace (work in progress)

The final stage of this property development is to be the re-shaping of the house, but the brief was to create the garden first as it would take time to establish whereas the building work would be more immediate. Once renovated, the design elements in the front gate will be reflected in the architecture of the house. The modern classic style of this expansive garden is already impressive and will continue to develop over the coming years. The process of incorporating artworks has already begun with the installation of a Paul Dibble sculpture. 

Garden 2: Lucerne Road, Remuera

Well over a decade ago, the owners of this property gave Ron an open brief to create an Italianate garden that complimented the house; an informal garden. The brief included a street front wall and iron gates, a swimming pool, garden terraces, a driveway layout with detailed patterns, a garden arbour and outdoor fire. He was also called on to accommodate service areas, a pool-side shower and connections to every corner of the property.

Total privacy had to be created and the brief also sought to retain all the old trees on the property, especially a pohutukawa at the front door, and an old jacaranda facing the harbour. A reasonably durable garden planting scheme was also requested. Ron introduced limestone to the basement and walls throughout the garden. Together with the well-established plantings, this has resulted in a landscape that conjures up the Italian Lakes, it is so completely integrated with the house and its picturesque surroundings. 

Ron Dykman’s passion is architecture, which has a natural integration with the landscape that either exists, or is created as part of his overall designs. His Auckland-based company sees him creating outcomes that often exceed the clients’ briefs, and may include a new house, pool and garden, a holiday home, or a garden designed to fit an existing home. It could be rural or suburban. Ron’s work speaks for itself, and, in his view, durability is just as important as sustainability is. Integrity, balance and proportion are all critical in creating luxury living spaces.

Ron has involved his son, Cory, who is a perfectionist, in the garden installation business, delivering a quality of service not often seen, but vital to the creation of enduring landscapes. The business is now over two decades old, with projects in Auckland, rural NZ and in Australia.

Ron’s background as a qualified nurseryman has given the company extensive knowledge of nearly every cultivated plant known in NZ, and that passion for plants in the landscape is part of Ron’s design. He understands plants. Over two decades Ron has often relocated very old palms, cycads and other trees into his landscapes and he also has a strong interest in iron works and creating gates, arbours and other iron structures. Ron’s understanding of swimming pool design-and-build is extensive and has been an integral part of many of his projects. He keeps up with new innovations and introduces new technologies to his clients as is appropriate.

“Good projects always involve a team effort: client, architect, associates and consultants,” says Ron.

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