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Kerri Fennell, senior landscape designer at Tim
Davies Landscaping, was called upon to create
a stunning and functional outdoor area for this
established family home in Floreat. The owners
were keen to preserve an established almond tree
and address a privacy issue with the neighbours.
Taking into account the family’s four children,
Kerri focused on maximising play space, as well as
the pool and outdoor entertaining space. The cubby
and its incorporated chook pen were preserved, as
was as much of citrus grove as possible.
The project included adding a family-sized pool
and a generous outdoor alfresco area, something
that required an outdoor extension to the home.
A small deck comes off the family room, extending
it and highlighting the almond tree.
A sandpit has been incorporated into the deck,
and once it is no longer required it can be turned
into a herb garden.
The alfresco by Patio Living was pulled right out
to the boundary to make the most of the kitchen/
dining area, defined by Austin Developments
decking and bluestone from Absolute Stone.
Kerri addressed site difficulties by using the pool
– by Exclusive Pools – to help retain the level along
the rear and side. This created a flat area between
pool and house for a lawn area, while walls to the
south side of the pool shell help to disguise the shed
and allow levels to the southern side to be retained
for the existing trees and cubby area.
Trees help maintain an established look and
offer vertical scale, including narrower planter
boxes, planted with tall narrow trees to open
up the space. The wisteria arbour to the alfresco
creates a beautiful alternate entrance to the rear
garden/alfresco. Kerri says the mature wisteria
will create privacy from the neighbour’s windows,
which overlook the space.
The result is a homely, relaxed classic family
garden. In a year or two, when the planting has
established, it will be very lush, green and private.
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