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by Outside In
the original garden
A 1970s rock garden described as a "mountain of
sand" by Outside In's landscape designer Denise
Staffa needed a complete overhaul.
e difficult site had an impractical driveway
that made manoeuvring vehicles into the garage
a nightmare and the brick paving was constantly
shifting due to the fall of the land.
e brick boundary walls were heavily stained
by bore water, therefore the homeowners were
keen on a clean slate all together.
the client brief
e clients needed both an appealing and
functional space for their front garden. e new
garden design needed to incorporate a visitors'
parking bay, room for a caravan and boat and
lawn for the children to play on.
e entrance needed to be warm and
welcoming, plus the owners wanted natural
materials used including stone and timber.
e previous retaining walls were harsh and
overbearing, whereas the new design needed to
incorporate retaining walls that complemented
the rest of the garden.
Subtle differences of levels throughout the space
were also requested to create some interest.
Working with a difficult site was the number one
challenge, however the property was a corner
block, which opened up possibilities.
"Being on a corner block led to my ideas of
creating an additional driveway at the top end,
which was screened off for the boat and caravan
parking," says Denise. "We then added steps that
led down to the lower area."
creating the look
A lot of research went into creating a practical
space that provided ease of vehicle entry and
Once the bulk of the area was excavated,
Outside In had the clients reverse their 4WD out of
the garage to determine a comfortable turning and
reversing space for the difficult driveway access.
Once this was designed, it created the basis
of the remaining space; visitor and additional
parking spaces, the lawn area and at the top of the
space, caravan and boat parking bays.
"Everything fell into place beautifully," says
Denise. "Positioning all major structures and
driveway shape was perfect."
Due to the change in garden structure, the process
was quite long with council approvals required.
e planning stage took about two months and the
construction took four months.
According to Denise, you can expect to pay
between $5000 to $10,000 for the professional
design for this calibre of garden. e construction
budget was not disclosed.
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