about us

catnik design studio have established an enviable reputation for designing the finest quality gardens and landscapes. Since catnik’s establishment in 2004, we have designed many varied gardens and landscapes in and around Adelaide.

Landscape design is an independent profession and a design and art tradition, practised by landscape designers, combining nature and culture. In contemporary practice, landscape design bridges the space between landscape architecture and garden design.


Elements in our gardens are often designed to encourage people to connect with nature and to encourage family time in areas where family, adults and children can come together in harmony. We work closely with each client and the opportunity that exists to create a unique and specific design for their garden.

Drawing on the basic elements of space, light and environmental design, coupled with attention to detail, we bring to life each client’s garden dreams. We believe the design process should be engaging and contribute to each client’s enjoyment of their garden. Design services include, but are not limited to: Garden Design | Site Analysis | Presentation Drawings | Plant Selection | Planting Plan | Garden Lighting.

Spatial and functional requirements, together with the design objectives outlined within the client’s brief mean each project develops its own unique character and sense of place.

design team


CATHY APPS | Dip Landscape Design  

Cathy has been designing landscapes for over 15 years. Cathy’s designs typically include a combination of structural features with soft naturalistic style planting delivering outstanding designs tailored to the space, architecture and the client.

She studied Diploma of Landscape Design at Urrbrae TAFE and has recently been awarded the 2018 Playford Memorial Trust TAFE SA Award.

Cathy draws on her varied experience to create unique outcomes for each client and site.

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NICK APPS | Dip Building Design B. Ec CPA (Cert. 4 Building & Construction)

Nick has been involved in the building and landscape industry for over 10 years.  He has a very good understanding of the construction process and as a qualified CPA accountant as well as being a building designer he understands the real world budget constraints that a project can face and will work with you to craft a design that is aesthetically beautiful and fits the budget.

His design philosophy very much embraces the natural beauty of built materials with an emphasis on creating functional, balanced spaces.