Our design philosophy for Carters Estate is to create a premium subdivision where residents have exclusive access to private parkland and associated facilities.
Lots are arranged in small clusters accessed off private lanes. Each lot fringes common parkland with the aim of giving residents the opportunity of living within a large parkland environment.
It is our aim to have the individual lots blend with the parkland rather than creating fenced or closed off lots, whilst maintaining the privacy and views of residents.
Design and Landscaping
Carters Estate consists of 25 residential lots arranged primarily in clusters of four, these clusters are accessed off Racecourse and Carters Roads via private access lanes. Each lot is approximately 2000m2 and within has a building platform where the Registered Proprietor may develop a single residential dwelling.
In creating the parkland environment we have established a series of landscaped buffer zones. These zones form breaks between clusters of lots, and to the road frontages, allowing for a lower built footprint over the entire subdivision.
Carters and Racecourse Road frontages are defined with macrocarpa post and rail fences, behind that is a large planting strip populated with three varieties of oaks, which will mature to create a strong boundary to the subdivision.
Entranceways to the private lanes are articulated with solid architectural concrete walls with expressed timber shuttering and heavy dark aggregates reflecting the Canterbury tradition of exceptional concrete work.
The private lanes have gardens down each side and are planted with Magnolia and Tulip trees over a bed of Rhododendrons. These gardens are defined with the same macrocarpa post and rail fencing as the road boundaries.
The private lanes are formed in aggregate concrete with the entrance to each individual lot defined with a rumble strip of basalt cobbles.
The defining feature of Carters Estate is the common parkland, which runs through the centre of the subdivision and weaves in between the cluster of sections. Mounding has been incorporated in the parkland to add privacy to some lots and in turn, creates a picturesque rolling golf course like park environment.
Planting within the parkland is mainly exotic tree species including oaks, elms and birch.
To the south-eastern end of the parkland is large pond, which collects stormwater from the residential lots via a system of swales. The fringe of the pond has been planted with native grasses and Kowhai trees.