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ere were a few existing features the client
wished to retain including the centrally located
e finishes of the hard surfaces were to tie in
with the architecture of the house, which had also
been recently renovated and extended.
e property faces east, so Craige had to ensure
the northern winter light was retained while
screening the garden from neighbours.
Access to the site was hampered by a maximum
900mm wide passageway into the back garden.
creating the look
e home's new hallway leads from the front
entrance to the back living areas, and is set on
a slight angle.
Craige extended these angles from the house
to distinguish garden beds, lawn areas, pathways
and decked areas.
In the front garden, the pond, pathways and
front boundary wall are all governed by these
lines, creating an appealing pattern throughout
Part of the front boundary wall was clad in
travertine to match the entrance tower and
portions of the walls throughout the house.
e travertine-clad section also highlights
the trunk of a large jacaranda, which is backlit
at night and provided a visual barrier to one of
the home's windows for privacy.
e existing concrete slab around the pool
was also finished in travertine, creating a visual
tie from the front boundary fence, through the
home to the back garden space.
e main entertainment deck was placed by
the pool and wraps around one of the large,
existing African robinias, which provides natural
shade during summer entertaining.
Craige enhanced the back garden's privacy by
adding magnolia "little gems" along the northern
boundary. e little gems were trimmed into an
informal hedge to screen the fence.
A creeping fig was placed along the back
boundary fence to create a wall of greenery,
visually extending the property.
The initial consultation and design took
about two months and between three and six
meetings. The builder demolished the existing
garden and did much of the construction.
According to Craige, the construction of the
new garden, including the softscaping, took
about a month.
The design fee for this garden was $1800
(plus GST) and the softscaping (this includes
all planting, soils and reticulation) cost in
the vicinity of $37,000. The hard construction
was carried out by the builder and included
within the house renovation/extension
The travertine-clad entrance tower is connected to the
house by exposed aggregate lines, which run from the
water feature to the front wall.
The pool was re-plastered and tiled with chocolate-toned
Bisazza tiles along the water line, which pick up the darker
tones from the surrounding travertine and decking.
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