This project was coordinated, alongside Peter Bodecker Construction, with our 'more senior' clients easy of living in mind. This rundown rental property has now been modernised; but we have been careful to maintain character. All pavements were required to be smooth and without trip hazards and we have raised pavement levels to be flush with internal for future wheelchair accessibility if required. All external areas are well lit, and with space to maneuver, however, this project was more than just an exercise of functionality.
The front courtyard utilises an existing curved retaining wall to create a lush green outlook from the bedroom windows; and upon entrance. The semi-mature ornamental pear tree carefully fits the space and helps to create and light and shadow; and vertical scale. The structural changes to the entrance increase accessibility and frame a view to the sitting area beneath the automated Vergola; which is the perfect spot to read the paper and enjoy a cup of tea.
The rear of the property provides a place to entertain family and friends. Large sliding doors open onto the courtyard from the lounge room and looks onto a floral backdrop of picking roses; for which the clients have a particular desire. The curved seating wall has been designed for overflow seating at family gatherings but with its stone cladding and timber work, it also provides a focal point for that end of the garden. Adjoining the kitchen and servery window, is an outdoor dining area, again, with an automated vergola. The mixture of fixed and unfixed seating maximises space and also the number of people that can be accommodated in this area.
We began landscaping works at this stunning Peppermint Grove property over 6 yrs ago. The project took on a new dimension when the clients jumped on an opportunity to purchase the corner block next door and open up sweeping views of the Swan River; a reversal of the subdivision that had occurred some 50 yrs earlier. As one of the premier properties in Perth, we feel privileged to have been able to have worked on such a project. Many thanks go out to our long term clients, Ross and Jennylee Norgard. Thanks also to architect Alan Holbrook and to the team at Peter Bodecker Construction for their collaboration on this job.
Masonry Walls, Pavements, Water Feature, Pool Fencing, Pavements, Composite Decking, Reticulation, Softscape, Ornamentation
This backyard transformation was designed to compliment the addition of a new swimming pool. The cobblestone clad waterfeature gives focal interest to the pool and the planting void behind softens the existing limestone retaining wall. Low masonry walls give terminus to the cobblestone strips which are designed to break up the expanse of granite pavement, but also they provide overflow seating to the outdoor kitchen and alfresco dining area.
Design, Hardscape & Softscape
We designed a custom, ‘maintenance free’ picket fence with automated sliding gate in a style that is a modern and clean lined take on the traditional ‘white picket fence.’ The aim was to create a contemporary frontage whilst being sympathetic to the character of the house. The plant palette and material choices continue this aesthetic.
Thanks Joel, from a very satisfied customer. It’s the second job you’ve done for us and we cant wait to work with you on the third!
Jasmine and Louis Martin
Timber Pergola and Decking, Limestone Walls and Pavements, Masonry Alterations, Lighting, Reticulation, Softscape, Ornamentation
This private courtyard garden reflects the clients desire for a traditional, formal aesthetic and provides a lovely sheltered area for outdoor dining and entertaining. The rear courtyard is a further private sanctuary adjoining the master suite.
Softscape, Reticulation, Ornamentation
The 'clean and green' plant selection adopted on this Subiaco project allows the award winning architectural refurbishment by Hoffman & Brown Architects to be the hero. The balance of leafy foliage and tightly clipped hedging is important in creating a modern aesthetic; but one that also compliments the historical character of the front of the house. The clean-lined modern extension at the rear of the property then looks out onto mass plantings; with focal interest provided by the glass faced swimming pool and retro ornamentation.
Softscape, Irrigation, Ornamentation
This refurbishment project softens the house frontage to the street with the use of an evergreen climber on a stainless steel wire trellis and companion planting. This is the second project that we have undertaken for this charming couple.
Automated Security Gates and Integrated Video Intercom, Letterbox Design, Exposed Aggregate Pavements, Cobblestone Pavements, Masonry Walls, Painting, Lighting, Reticulation, Softscape
The client brief was to create a neat and secure frontage with a private shaded garden to the larger space at the rear of the property. The fully automated, sliding driveway gate and pedestrian gates were designed by us to provide security and privacy but they are also a unique feature to the busy street frontage. In the rear garden, we identified that the existing layout was sound, but it needed purpose. We protected some of the existing features, upgraded finishes, and installed screening trees to boundary walls where privacy was lacking. The understory planting is rustic and colourful and it helps to set a relaxed homely vibe for spring and summer entertaining.
This front garden in Mt Lawley, is just part of a larger renovation project by this young couple and it has been designed to fit the clients clean and modern sensibility, whilst being sensitive to the architectural heritage of the property.