We had previously had the plesure of working with clients' on their melbourne garden [see":two gardens into one"]. So when a new holiday home was purchased directly opposite one of the West Coast's iconic beaches, the revamp of the "Builder's Special" Landscape was a pleasure to be involved with.
The severe coastal exposure, potential vandalism due to the proximity of the local pub, & the clients desire to retain any usable hard structures landscape components required a considered design approach to the project.
The heavy traffic congestion over the sunner required maximum off street parking being available This & cost considerations resulted in the existing driveway being retained, with travertine panels being placed to compliment the new pebble insert feature travertine entry steps & path. The portico floor was raised to stop debris blowing into the front door, with in-pave lighting to a heavily textured "wave panel" feature guiding visitors into the home
Color tones were maintained with selected, wind firm pebble mulch to garden beds, & the travertine & timber mail box linking visually to the bollards & paving. Planting selection is front line coastal tolerant, with lighting in corrosion resistant corten steel fixtures.
The side garden was hard paved in low maintenance materials to reflect the front garden paving, with feature aluminium slat screens & travertine planters positioned to create viewlines from floor sill level windows to home's interior living spaces. Built in seats & hot water plumbed shower/ hose facilities not only provide a space to wash off sand after the beach, but gas strut lids to seats provide storage for beach toys, while towel pegs are placed nearby for easy use.
The rear garden also had the previous sand based paving slabs replaced, with synthetic lawn used negating the need for regular gardener access to the rear of the home for lawn mowing. Careful plant selection allows for privacy screeing from neighbours, & softens fence lines w/out the requirement for regular pruning
It is always a privilege to be able to develope an ongoing working relationship with clients, & it is pleasing to be able to meet these particular clients practical & aesthetic requirement with their second garden
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