“As part of Distinctive Home and Landscapes, we’ve used Terry’s expertise both inside and outside our home. He did a fantastic job building a large deck over our concrete swimming pool – which including some creative alignment with the old surround deck. Despite the odd shape of the deck and the challenges it presented, Terry did a great finish to the edge of the deck and incorporated an attractive and practical drop down step onto the grass. Along the way, he gave us some great planting tips too … we just need to apply them!”  – Joel and Catherine, Paremata.

“I called Terry from Distinctive Landscaping and asked him to come around and give me a quote for completing our landscaping at our house in Whitby. Terry promptly returned my call, turned up when he said he would and provided me a quote within a couple of days. Terry gave me options of what would work and then provided me with a plan and timeline of when the work would be completed. In some cases, Terry’s options turned out more cost effective than what I had in mind. The quality of the work was second to none. Nothing was too much trouble for Terry and his team. We would ask them to do a bit extra and this was all done willingly and with a smile. I can’t thank Terry and his team enough for the outstanding work that he has done. We are delighted with the results”. – Trish and Tony, Whitby

“I think Kay, you and your team have done a great job. It would have taken us a month of Sundays to do similar  –  Cheers”. – Mr Harry, Whitby.

“We thoroughly enjoyed working with Terry to design our BBQ patio area which included a raised planter box, seating, paving, drainage and fencing. He was willing to discuss our ideas and, combined with his cost-effective suggestions, use his expertise to make it all work in the space available. We would be happy for Terry to do further work for us”. –  Nigel & Jo, Tawa. Sep 09. 

“Thanks for all the work and its very impressive what you can do with the tight budget of ours”. – Ranjan & Lakshini, Whitby

“We are so happy with the work, everything looks amazing now and so tidy… the dogs love it too. It’s like a new playground for them!” – Toni & Teresa

“It really looks good – thank you. We loveit and all our friends & neighbours love it. If you would like a sign on the fence. We are happy for that.” -Brian & Debra, Whitby

St Ives –         New Artificial Lawn and Renovated Flagstone Paving

We are so happy with the work, everything looks amazing now and so tidy…the dogs love it too. Its like a new playground for them!   –  Toni & Teresa  (May ’16)

Motuhara Rd –  Retained Terraces and Gardens

Dear Terry

Great to sit down late yesterday going over a few things, we appreciate your indulgence.

We are delighted that the final cost will still be close to 20k, as budgeted by us, you are a Team of Stars, we like all the boys, they all seem Open & Honest, and ( generally  ) know how to work hard, a Testimony to your Leadership buddy.

We are looking forward to a celebratory social drink once all work completed.

Graeme & Viv (Sep ‘19)

Titahi Bay – Garden Retaining & Pathways


Thanks for all the work and yes it looks great. It’s nice to have water go straight into the drain. Thanks for leaving the two extra fence palings for when I shift the letter box.

– Frances (Jul 19)

Garden Feature – Whitby

Thanks for the job, I only wish most people I get in were as obliging and get the job done as you are . it has been a pleasure and I mean that.

Richard –              (May 19)

General Recommendation –

I have had the pleasure of working with Terry Johnstone of Distinctive Home & Landscapes for the past 10years. Since working together on our first project I have enjoyed and valued the dedicated and considered approach Terry takes to working with clients and other contractors within any given site. Terry always displays a can-do attitude and is always my go-to contractor whenever we are dealing with a challenging landscape or difficult site conditions.

Ben Hoyle – Blue Gecko Design (Sept ’19)