Dare to Dream
The brief was to create something modern, colourful, a large entertaining area with low maintenance gardens. The long hallway opens out to large bi folding doors linking the outdoor entertaining area, boasting wicker lounge, GRC dinning setting and outdoor kitchen. Large steppers traverse one side of the pool to the sun deck where a pergola featuring eye-catching orange columns provide shade on a lazy afternoon. The splash of orange enlivens the space and is beautifully off-set by the blue tiled raised planter extending above the waterline. The hidden ‘Ice Box’ is a hit with the adults and the large grass area to the side of the pool allows the kids and pets to run free.
A life outdoors
A confident fusion of design influences – some sleek and modern, others distinctly Australian with a rustic touch – this reimagined rear garden has a contemporary yet earthy feel.
For the Modern Family
When the owners of this contemporary family home met with Josh Hooper of Landscape Techniques they already had a few design ideas of their own, and some specific requests. Chiefly, they wanted a large lawn and family sized swimming pool in the rear garden, an eye-catching, well-lit front garden, and a palette of plants and materials that suited the modern architecture of the house.
As Josh Hooper was brought on board before the home was built, Landscape Techniques were able to get on onsite before work began on the house. This allowed them to complete the extensive concrete sleeper walling that frames the property and allowed for the introduction of usable level areas.
In the rear garden, some smaller rendered masonry walls were built. These walls enabled the creation of raised planting areas and the inclusion of built-in cantilevered timber seating. To match the colour of the house, the walls were painted in Resene Double White Pointer
The swimming pool and outdoor living areas were paved in sawn bluestone tiles which are contrasted by the light blue pool tiles and bright green foliage of the bamboo planted along one side of the pool. The outdoor entertaining space is covered by a louvre style roof that allows plenty of light through to the home’s open plan kitchen, dining and lounge room.For the front garden, the owners had a few prerequisites: a secure front fence and gate, garden lighting and a modern material palette. Landscape Techniques delivered on all counts and even went a step further, using the slope of the block to create a few different levels and give the property a grand entrance.Warm looking materials such as Corten steel and timber were employed to help soften the look of the large exposed aggregate concrete driveway. To further lighten the look, there are extra-large polished concrete steppers which flow from the front fence to the porch. These give the appearance of floating over the garden and tie in with the Corten steel raised planters. When the sun sets, strip lighting under the floating steppers and garden uplights work together to bring the front garden to life in a whole new way.
Of course the plants play an integral role. In the rear garden, there is evergreen ash (used for screening), murraya hedging, pink choisya, hardenbergia and bamboo to name but a few of the plants used. The front garden is planted with a feature ginko, silver birch, more murraya, Japanese box, viburnum hedging along with small grasses and shrubs.
The owners now have front and rear gardens with well managed level changes and an enticing planting scheme that perfectly complements the modern family home.
A “Resort Feel” was the brief from this Collinswood couple. This relatively small rear yard packs a lot in, an 8m long pool with attached spa and timber structure, stackstone sheer-decent water feature, 4x3m shed, storage yard and an outdoor kitchen and patio area. The white pavers and coping lighten the space and the feature plantings, wall art, timber structure and decks soften the rendered walls that frame the backyard. The front yard was to be maintenance free and easy to clean, gravel and pebbles were used as ground covering and exposed aggregate construction for the driveway and surrounding paths. The front yard is secured by a pillar and aluminium slat fence and automated swinging and pedestrian gates.
This Torrens Park home stands out from the crowd and the landscaping needed to reflect the build. A full size tennis court, 12m pool and extensive outdoor entertaining area take up most of the rear yard. Large format grey granite slabs continued to the pool edge giving a seamless effect which complemented the 140mm composite decking laid under the outdoor entertaining area. The front yard is separated by a number of different height garden beds planted out with striking and contrasting foliage. The grey granite continued out front with the driveways constructed in exposed aggregate.
With an entire home renovation the clients wanted to revamp their dated garden. An outdoor room, use of timber and raised garden beds were the main ideas from the client and we created a design to suit. Outdoor living and entertaining was also a priority, a large deck connecting the wings and an outdoor room for the bbq has now created plenty of room to entertain. With the use of garden lighting the feature plants become a focal point when the sun goes down.