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Ask Ritz Exterior Design (RED) director
Guy Mouritz the difference between a
good outcome and an amazing result and
he’ll tell you that it’s all in the detail.
RED provides a complete design and
construction service. From 3D design to
specification, Guy and his team are committed
to perfecting every last aspect of a project.
Green practices are important to the company,
which regularly uses rainwater harvesting systems,
waterwise irrigation and sustainable materials.
RED is also a registered Waterwise Landscaper.
RED’s approach to landscaping has resulted
in many awards, including the Designer -
Residential/Commercial more than 500sqm
category at the 2010 Landscape Industries
Association of Western Australia (LIAWA) Awards.
The owners of this property hired Ritz Exterior
Design to create an entertaining and dining space
that would complement a new pool. Site access
was limited, so small machinery was used to clear
the existing garden; new landscape elements were
either carried or craned in.
The biggest challenge was the limestone garden
bed next to the pool. A large hole was dug and
limestone blocks were laid by hand, from two
metres below ground level.
The landscape’s main features are the polished
plaster screen and feature walls. Two offset feature
plinths, in contrasting colours, are enhanced in
the evening thanks to LED up-lights.
Another wall acts as a backdrop for a suspended
bench seat. Constructed from steel and clad with
compressed fibre cement, the wall also hides pool
equipment and toys.
Washed aggregate paving was poured
throughout the space, while jarrah decking was
used for the main alfresco area.
Bursts of green, in the form of low-
maintenance native grasses, such as Lomandra
tanika and Dracaena marginata, next to silver
succulent Sanseveria ‘moonshine’, contrast
with the red feature walls.
Westringia ‘naringa’ will grow to screen
the old pine fence, while a dragon tree (Dracaena
draco) and coastal banksia (Integrifolia) serve as
feature trees. Both have silver-to-blue foliage
which is enhanced by the up-lights.
Ritz Exterior Design landscape designers
Ritz Exterior Design
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A dragon tree (Dracaena draco) is
one of the landscape’s main features.
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