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ince 2008, Ascher Smith and business
partner Adam Kitchen have worked
together to deliver design and landscaping
for residential and commercial projects.
They work closely with every client from start
to finish, paying particular attention to fine details.
With 12 years of experience, Ascher uses sketches
and watercolour for each client design and offers
realistic 3D computer-generated images to create
a visual representation before it’s constructed.
This simple yet striking backyard makeover proves
well thought-out design is essential for success.
The clients wanted a large spa with decking in
a relatively small space. They also requested no
garden beds, as they led extremely busy lives.
Ascher created a design that positioned the
spa towards the corner of the yard, surrounded by
split-level decking, which helped meld the spa into
the area without dominating the space.
As the main alfresco was used for entertaining,
Ascher was wary of making the overall space appear
cramped. To exploit the space and maintain the flow
from inside out, large silver travertine pavers were
installed under the patio. The pavers were imported
from Turkey and open up the entertaining area,
while keeping it cool in summer.
Although the clients were reluctant to have garden
beds in the design, Ascher persuaded them to include
Bambusa oldhamii, an all-round bamboo that requires
minimal maintenance. The greenery from this plant
also softens the backdrop of timber screening.
On the other side of the alfresco, southwest river
stones were laid with more bamboo to relax the mood
and provide textural contrast against the timber
and travertine. The area was completed with subtle
lighting, highlighting the dramatic and contrasting
forms of the materials and angles used in the area.
The completed garden offers the perfect balance
of proportion, scale and form, while fulfilling the
required functions and completing the clients’ home.
Ascher Smith Landscaping & Designs believes each garden should
reflect a unique part of the client, creating a personal connection.
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