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The original site consisted of sloping grass
with lots of vegetation and established trees.
It was hard to imagine how the wishlist -
including a pool, lawn area, conversation pit,
koi pond and extended pergola - would all fit
in. After a few shuffles, the resulting layout feels
generous and balanced.
With the block sloping down towards the back
of the property, it lent to the idea of having the end
wall of the pool exposed, creating a sunken intimate
area for teenage kids and their friends to hang out.
A hedge ‘moat’ was created between the pool and
lawn to provide pool isolation without need for
a physical fence, while keeping to BCA standards.
The original idea was to have the koi pond and
pool within the same area, but after rationalising
the space, the garden worked better as a collective,
with the pool and pond separated.
The custom Corten and bluestone koi pond runs
down one side of the property and wraps around
an existing jacaranda, giving the illusion of the tree
growing through the pond. This ‘wrapping around’
was a decision made on site by the construction
supervisor because the rectangular pond was
sitting too close to the tree (the alternative was to
cut the pond short). The result turned out to be one
of the clients’ favourite features of the garden.
The completed project is a comfortable space,
best appreciated on a summer afternoon by the
pool, in the shade of the jacaranda and carob trees.
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