Ivanhoe

The clients were fairly open to ideas with a broad request for an area they could enjoy with their young family and somewhere to store their bikes.

At the front of the property there was an existing red brick driveway and path to the front door. RB Landscapes decided to add to this with the addition of bluestone pitchers to form garden beds and a circular bluestone paved area leading to the front steps. These garden beds were planted out with a number of sun loving, water smart plants including liriope and xanthorrhoea.

A ramping deck was constructed linking the driveway to the backyard which provides a grand entrance to the side of the house. Adjoining the deck is a purpose built shed for the bikes to be stored. Running parallel with the deck, alternating series of bamboo clumps and Corten screens provide a striking feature along the side boundary fence.

The backyard consists of a Sir Walter's Buffalo turf lawn chosen for its drought tolerance and excellent wear resistance. The lawn had to be tough enough to withstand the children's ball games, whilst also staying green most of the year round with minimal water use.

A combination of dry stone walling and slate paving is used to blend from garden to lawn. The dry stone walls, whilst providing a feature in their own right, are used to retain garden beds filled with native grasses and Japanese maples. Slate pavers protrude from the walls with random spacing until they meet the lawn.

The key feature of this garden is the circular sleeper deck – complete with recessed fire pit - taking pride of place in the middle of the garden. Cradled by a circular dry stone wall, this rustic entertaining area delivers on the client's family-oriented design brief and enables them to enjoy their garden both day and night.

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