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he most engaging gardens will have a sense of place, looking as if they were “meant to be” rather than a hasty after-thought. They will be like a wellwritten symphony in which each element is in perfect harmony with the other — and with the home the garden envelops. Garden making is both an art and a science. To get the balance right, and to ensure the desired end result, you need design expertise, horticultural experience and an understanding of the construction issues involved. An in-depth knowledge of soils, microclimates, aspect, drainage, plant maintenance and other such fundamentals is equally essential. The only way to harness the necessary know-how is by calling upon a professional landscape designer and landscape contractor. Outdoor Design & Living celebrates the inspiring, world-leading work being carried out by our home-grown landscape professionals. To show what can be achieved when you work in collaboration with a professional, we have amassed a diverse array of expertly designed, built and maintained Australian gardens. The projects cover the gamut of design styles, from

contemporary resort-style retreats and modern Japanese landscapes to foliage-filled tropical sanctuaries and quirky suburban gardens offering a treasure trove of design delights. While each may look different and sit at a different point along the budget spectrum, the gardens showcased here all have three main things in common. First, they were designed and built by professionals yet embody the individuality of the homeowners. Second, they were tailor-made for their climate and location, and third, they reflect what has perhaps been the biggest trend in landscape design — the use of our garden spaces for outdoor living. Investing in the services of an experienced landscape designer or landscape contractor is an investment in your future. It will ensure your garden will cater to your family’s lifestyle, now and for many years to come. And it will add to the value of your property, which will be a boon when the time comes to sell. Be inspired!

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LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY ENDORSEMENT I’m sure that you, the reader, will agree that Outdoor Design & Living showcases some of the best work produced by the landscape industry in Australia. As a consequence, Landscaping Australia Inc (LAI) is proud to be associated with the production of this publication. This top-selling magazine is a credit to the editor, as well as all involved, and LAI looks forward to its continued success. For more information on LAI, visit landscapingaustralia.com.au Brian Rankin, Acting Chair, Landscaping Australia Inc

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contents REGULAR SECTIONS 16 Flourishes New-look decor and furnishings

68 Off The Shelf Latest landscape design books

72 Designer Landscapes Professionally designed and built residential gardens and pools

234 Essentials Shade, screens, decor and more

240 Landscape Awards Award-winning garden showcase

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ALFRESCO LIVING FEATURES 26 Set in concrete Ingenious ways with concrete

32 Plan to succeed Why planting plans make sense

34 Pool cool Fun swimming pools and spas

42 Show stoppers Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2016 roundup

170 Just add heat How to warm an outdoor space

176 Go with the glow Inspiring garden lighting ideas

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Concrete steppers and stairs are a feature of this garden designed by Peta Donaldson of BLAC.

Fo r m a n d f u n c t i o n Be it paving, pots, benchtops or walling, concrete lends character to the contemporary garden Words: Karen Booth ith the resurgence of interest in mid-20th-century modern design and an embracing of industrial chic, concrete is being used in increasingly interesting and engaging ways in the garden. Cantilevered concrete benches and dining tables that seem to hover in place, platform-style concrete boardwalks, built-in planter boxes, bold feature walls … concrete is no longer just used for paving or walling, or hidden behind cladding or a layer of paint. Concrete is ubiquitous. It’s a common building material that is prized for its strength and although it weathers gracefully, it is often kept behind the scenes. However, that is no longer the case, both inside the home and outside in the garden. Concrete is being used in a plethora of creative ways, some incredibly refined, others bold and dramatic. That is one of the things that attracts the inventive landscape designer to concrete — its amazing versatility which allows it to transform functional elements into design features.

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it provides many opportunities for creative design elements within a garden and the options are nearly limitless. In recent years, feature concrete has been increasingly used in architecture so it is a natural progression that is now being used more freely outside. After all, it’s the role of the landscape designer to complement the home the garden surrounds,” he adds. Garden designer Peta Donaldson from BLAC agrees. “Concrete is now a popular design material and we are seeing new forms of basins, benches, seating, baths, platforms, landings, pools, water features, paving and tiles being developed for both residential and commercial properties,” she says. “I now use concrete in every garden I design but I use it in conjunction with other materials so that, when it’s all combined, the overall palette provides a generous source of visual interest. The end result is also clean and seamless as with concrete there are no grout lines or unsightly exposed edges.”

STRENGTH AND BEAUTY Concrete offers a very special blending of form and function. Explains Steve: “Concrete has its well-known function of structural foundations and bases for paving, retaining walls, swimming pool shells and footings, but with the introduction of special blends and formulated mixes, concrete is now serving many more functions such as

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barbecue/kitchen benches, dining tables, garden seating, steps, planter boxes, feature screening walls, privacy screens … the list goes on. “The beauty of concrete, when used appropriately, is that these functional items can become amazing pieces of garden artwork and architecture. With the correct design, engineering, preparation and execution, concrete can seem to defy gravity and float, becoming a design feature. Cantilevered concrete steps, plinths or benchtops, and stairs with a neat 20mm shadowline under each step can all seem to be suspended in mid-air. When LED strip lights are rebated into these elements, the effect is clean, sophisticated and stunning.”

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ABOVE Designed by Franklin Landscape & Design, these raised, angled planters were poured insitu. TOP Built by Harrison’s Landscaping, a concrete feature wall contrasts the timber slat screening.

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“The variety of different colours, textures and finishes is overwhelming, although availability does vary across the country,” says Peta. “From white through to black, rough to polished, and from a trowelled finish through to ground-exposed aggregate, there is a combination to suit every hardscaping palette.” “Colours start at white and flow through all the grey hues to charcoal,” affirms Steve. “There are also beige and bone tones, and strong browns. Pebble combinations, which can be exposed through grinding, are virtually limitless. There are off-the-shelf pebble mixes you can buy or you can invent your own combination and choose to incorporate, say, coloured glass for a unique effect.” Concrete, which is a blend of cement,

DECOR AND MORE Vases, pots, tea light holders, birdhouses, bowls and table sculpture … outdoor and indoor cast-concrete decor is in plentiful supply. Many items are in traditional greys but you have a world of colour available to you, including black and white as well as plain hues with pops of bright colour. The range of outdoor furniture made of sturdy lightweight engineered or fibrereinforced concrete is increasing too. There are benches, tables and consoles that look as if they have been block cast, as well as tables and stools that feature a concrete top but legs of metal or timber. In the world of outdoor heating there are designer ranges of ethanol-fuelled fireplaces set within concrete surrounds and fire pit where the metal bowl is surrounded by a cement “bench” that can be used as a table or for casual seating.

aggregates (typically a combination of fine particles such as sand and larger gravel or crushed rock) and water, is basically a blank canvas. With the addition of special blends of oxides, feature stones and pebbles, concrete can be coordinated with most colour and design palettes. ”Technology has also helped with additives, experimental strengths and engineering, all allowing us to redefine the limits for the use of concrete, and create finishes that weren’t possible before,” adds Steve.


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In this garden by COS Design, concrete platforms give access to the home’s front gate.

OUTDOOR DESIGN PAVING PERFECTION Either wet-cast or dry-pressed into moulds, concrete pavers are often made to imitate the look and feel of natural stone. Wetpoured concrete pavers can have colour from added pigments or coloured sands; a textured surface created by a mould; or added aggregates to make pebblecretes and terrazzo. Dry-pressed concrete pavers often contain a quantity of ground or chipped natural stone to give them the look of real stone. With concrete pavers, the range of colours, textures and sizes is broad and they are long-lasting. Exposed aggregate paving is a popular choice for driveways, garden paths, around swimming pools and outdoor entertaining areas … basically anywhere you want a bit of extra grip underfoot. The exposed finish allows the colours and texture of the stones and sand within the concrete to show through. The colours will, of course, depend on the aggregate mix used and you have a choice of standard paving ranges or you can have a mix custom-designed for you.

GARDEN STYLES “Feature concrete is mainly used in modern, contemporary gardens, resort-style gardens and minimalist gardens. It is used less for traditional style gardens but the horizon is ever broadening for the use of concrete in a landscape design,” says David Franklin of Franklin Landscape & Design. “Concrete provides landscapers and designers alike with a surface and material that is highly flexible and easy to manipulate to create a tailored design element within a garden. It allows a designer to create a desired effect within the landscape concept, no matter the surrounding context or potential constraints.” Peta feels concrete feature elements most often suit a “timeless, modern garden”, which of course can be interpreted in a number of ways. In a modern rustic garden, recycled concrete paving or walling can add character and charm; in a streamlined contemporary outdoor entertaining area, a sleek barbecue benchtop can be a feature in its own right and one that won’t date. Gardens that draw their inspiration from industrial chic are a perfect fit. Concrete, teamed with vintage metal tables or light fittings, or pergolas built of weathered wharf timber can look amazing and stand the test of time.

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aesthetics of the garden. It can also be used to help tie everything together. Concrete can be used for many different scenarios … steppers leading across a lawn, retaining or planter walls, both straight and angled, benchtops and bench seats. If you use a number of concrete elements throughout the design, it can make it look cohesive.” While feature concrete has myriad practical uses, and the finished product may look clean and simple, you need to use a professional to install it as it can be a tricky material to work with. “You need to work with skilled tradespeople who will use precise measurements and processes to get the right end results,” advises Steve. “Professional engineering, good foundations, form work, steel fixing and the pour itself are all highly skilled and technical processes that should be respected no matter how small or large the feature may be. And speaking from experience, if you don’t get it right the first time, the removal and rebuild can be extremely costly as most of the time there is no way of repairing your errors.”

as Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra. The resurgence of mid-century architecture has certainly reinvigorated the popularity of concrete. Once regarded as the poor man’s alternative, it is now a high-end luxury material that can be used widely throughout both the home and the garden. “For me it is a sleek, textural and timeless product,” continues Peta. “It is a bold, sculptural substance that requires little to no maintenance. Its simplicity is sublime, but what warms my heart most is the appreciation of the selected composition for its end purpose and the skill that is required to achieve the finished product.” ODL

A LONG TRADITION “Concrete is a fascinating substance with a rich history,” says Peta. “Its use dates back to 5600BC, with concrete floors found in ancient housing along the Danube River in Europe. During the 19th century, concrete was used widely but it was primarily for commercial purposes as it was considered socially unacceptable for aesthetic reasons. “It wasn’t until the mid-century modern era that concrete was used extensively and included as a dominant material in residential architecture. It featured heavily within the incredible works by iconic architects such

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Plan to succeed Take the time to create a proper planting plan and you will be well on your way to success Words: Meg Geary ou’ve finally decided on the hard materials, accessories, layout, and set the theme for your garden. But how do you work out what plants to put in and where they should go? A common approach is to head to the local nursery and buy what you like the look of, but how do you know it will suit your garden and the growing conditions? There is nothing worse than spending money on plants that don’t work — that either end up dying, grow too big or just don’t look right. This is where spending some time creating a planting scheme can save you money and provide you with the look you want.

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SITE ANALYSIS To select the right plants you need to know what the growing conditions are. A site analysis will help with this. It’s not hard to work out your soil type, the pH and how deep the soil profile is, but it may involve some digging! Then take a look at the site, identifying where the sunny and shady areas are, spots that don’t get rain or remain wet, which areas get afternoon or morning sun (be aware this will change depending on the time of year), which sections are exposed to wind or are sheltered, which areas drain well and those that collect water. The list goes on, but this is a good starting point.

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PLANTING STRUCTURE The next step is to work out the structure of the planting. First, identify which plants you want to give you the specific look you’re after. Looking at magazines, books and websites such as Pinterest and Houzz are great for inspiration. For example, you might draw into your plan that you want an upright grass to 700mm high in a particular area, with a lower groundcover to 200mm in front and some rounded mounding shrubs scattered throughout. Once you’re happy with the way the different plant shapes, heights, colours, textures and forms are working together, it’s time to start selecting the plants.

PLANT SELECTION Take the site analysis and the planting structure plans and combine the information. You can now select a plant that matches the structure (700mm upright grass) and the growing conditions. By combining these two elements you will narrow the selection right down, so you may find there are only three or four upright grasses that reach 700mm high that will grow in dry shade, or whatever your conditions are. If this all seems a bit daunting, there are professionals who can help you create a planting plan. Horticulturalists, landscape designers and retail nurseries are all places you can go for help. The cost to produce a planting plan will depend on the size of the project and the level of complexity. ODL

ABOVE Plants hug a stone seating wall in this garden designed by MG Gardens. TOP In this landscape designed by Ian Barker Gardens, the planting has a natural feel. This article was written by Meg Geary of MG Gardens (mg-gardens.com.au) on behalf of Landscaping Victoria (landscapingvictoria.com.au).


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Po o l c o o l A stylish poolside entertaining area is as important as the pool itself

A pool deck is a focal point of this project. Photo courtesy of Apex Landscapes and Pools.

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Words: Karen Booth swimming pool has long been a quintessential part of the Australian outdoor living experience, but today we expect a lot more from our pools. No longer just a place to cool down or somewhere for the kids to play, a pool is the centre of outdoor entertaining. We want to entertain in the pool and by the pool. “The trend to create more sophisticated poolside entertaining areas has been fuelled by the desire to turn our outdoor spaces into personal oases, somewhere we can escape to, leaving our hectic home and work lives behind,” says John Storch from A Total Concept. “Elaborate or restrained, the poolside entertaining area is a lifestyle must. All Australians love entertaining outside. In fact, outdoor living is so entrenched in our culture and such an important lifestyle focus that together with a swimming pool, the poolside entertaining area has become a backyard essential, and rightly so.”

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THE OUTDOOR ROOM “The average poolside entertaining area has changed from a simple paved space adjacent to the pool where kids can throw down a towel for sun baking and drying off to a sophisticated outdoor room-style space with designer outdoor furniture, a stylish umbrella for shade and perhaps some in-built bench seating or a day bed,” says John. “In some cases, it takes the form of an actual outdoor room, such as a poolside cabana or pavilion, decorated as you would an indoor room and equipped with an

outdoor kitchen, dining table and chairs, and perhaps a television or sound system. Maybe even bathroom facilities”. Dean Herald from Rolling Stone Landscapes agrees, saying he has seen an increase in the number of people wanting a poolside structure. “The introduction of a pavilion by the pool creates an additional entertaining space and enables parents to keep a close eye on the kids while they swim,” says Dean. “These pavilions could be a simple shade structure, such as a thatch-topped tropical-style gazebo or something more substantial with an outdoor kitchen, dining space, lounge area and more.”

UNDER FOOT Even if you opt for a pool pavilion, the area around the pool is still prime entertaining space so the surface you use has to look good and be safe. “This is the most basic element of your poolside entertaining area and must be right as it can be very difficult and costly to change once in place,” says John. “There are myriad options available for your poolside flooring — you could opt for a stylish timber deck, natural stone paving, aggregate or tile.” “The introduction of paved sitting areas or the integration of timber decking creates practical useable areas and by mixing materials and using interesting design elements, such as poolside decks that seem to float over the water, you create visual interest,” adds Dean. When choosing a material for your pool surrounds, keep in mind it needs to be

ABOVE In this COS Design’s creation, the expertly integrated spa has an almost sculptural quality. TOP A fully-equipped pavilion is a feature of this lavish outdoor design by The Garden Company.

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slip-resistant and able to cope in a wet environment. Natural stone paving, such as bluestone, travertine and sandstone, is a popular option as is concrete aggregate for more contemporary pools. If using timber, use a quality hardwood but keep in mind it will need regular maintenance.

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ABOVE An integrated spa and a timber deck provide outdoor entertaining opportunities. ABOVE MIDDLE Even in a limited area, room can be found for a pool and a sun deck.

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“When designing a swimming pool and the surrounding landscape, consideration of the type of pool fence you want and where it will be placed should be a major part of the planning process and never an afterthought. Doing this will ensure the fence sits well within the design,” says Dean. “Pre-planning also allows you to deal with the regulations governing pool fencing and not be caught out. In recent years, different councils have been viewing the swimming pool code in different ways and reducing the amount of entertaining space within the pool area, which can include pavilions and other lifestyle items, so check things out with your designer and local council.” There are myriad fencing choices and the trick is to choose something that complies with the code while complementing the design of the pool and home. Semiframeless and fully-frameless toughened glass fencing is becoming increasingly popular because it allows uninterrupted views from the house and entertaining area to the pool. This makes it easy to supervise children and it can make a small backyard feel more open.

CABANAS WITH CLASS “More and more we are being asked to integrate a pool cabana with a swimming pool and poolside entertaining area,” says John Storch of A Total Concept. “Ideally, the style of the cabana should tie back to the style of the residence. If you have the space and budget for a large cabana, you can incorporate a luxurious bathroom with toilet, shower, bath and basin amenities together with kitchenette facilities including fridges, barbecues, stove, cupboards and sinks, with day beds for relaxation and a wet bar plus tables and chairs for entertaining purposes. “During the past five to 10 years, pool cabanas and poolside outdoor rooms have become all the rage, whether people are building a new home and landscape from scratch or embarking on a major home renovation or extension project.”

LET THERE BE LIGHT “Lighting is an important consideration when creating your poolside entertaining area as it is likely that some of your entertaining will be done at night,” says John. “Outdoor lighting is used for functional purposes so that your guests can safely find their way around your garden, and it can also be used to create a certain mood and atmosphere, which is what you want to do when entertaining. “Mood lighting is achieved by using LED or low-voltage lighting. This subtle


OUTDOOR DESIGN SPA SUCCESS A spa can be a terrific addition to any pool and if integrated into the design, it can be turned into a feature in its own right. If you like the idea of sharing a spa with friends and family, you’ll need to consider size, seating, positioning and access. While many people like to have a spa that is part of the pool itself, it can be a standalone structure. A popular trend is to have a spa placed beneath a shade pavilion, perhaps a thatched hut or gazebo if you are going for a holiday resort theme or a tropical ambience. A spa can also be incorporated into a deck design if you want it close by the house for easy access, or when space is at a premium. Or you might want to consider a plunge pool/spa combo that also serves as a water feature when not in use.

lighting is used to draw attention to a plant, a garden feature or to create washes of light, simulating moonlight. And you can add to the ambience by using candles, lanterns and garden torches. A scattering of these in strategic locations provides light and a fantastic ambience to a poolside entertaining area.” Pool lighting plays an integral role, too. A pool needs to be lit so it can be used safely, but you can also get creative by using coloured LED lighting which makes the water appear red, green, blue or whatever colour you prefer. You might also want to add to the ambience of a pool area by mounting a lasercut metal light box onto a nearby wall.

HEAT UP, COOL DOWN While pool lovers are often sun worshippers too, that doesn’t mean providing some form of shade isn’t important. In fact, it’s essential if you want your pool and poolside entertaining area to be used often, and it is an absolute must if you have children. Says John: “Shade is an important consideration and some form of shade protection should be incorporated into your poolside area. If you like, shade can be achieved permanently, using a fixed-tensile structure such as a pergola or shade sail.” An umbrella is another good solution if you want something more flexible, either a simple market umbrella you can move as the sun shifts or a cantilevered umbrella whose canopy can be rotated and angled. A retractable awning, which can be extended when protection is needed and folded back when not, is an adaptable shade solution. If you’re using a poolside area at night when the temperature tends to drop, you can provide heat with a fire pit, brazier or ethanol fireplace. “These give just the right amount of warmth

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and atmosphere to make sitting out beneath the stars an enjoyable experience,” says John.

TAKING A SEAT If you want to use a pool deck or its paved surrounds as a gathering point, you will need some form of seating. If space allows you might want a couple of sun loungers, an outdoor lounge, even a table and chairs or a bar setting, and with the range of styles available it really is easy to find something to suit every space and budget. “Today there is a vast range of outdoor furniture available which has enabled us to relax and entertain in so many ways,” says Dean. “Sun chairs, modular outdoor lounges with soft cushions, waterproof bean bags and ottomans … the list of possible pieces and combinations only seems to grow.” While good looks are important, there are practical considerations too. “The furniture you choose for your poolside entertaining area will depend on factors such as the number of people you choose to entertain, what budget you have and how much maintenance you are prepared to undertake to keep it looking good,” says John. “Consider comfort and durability and invest in pieces that will survive the elements over time. Creating a poolside entertaining area is an investment in your lifestyle, so choose wisely and well.” ODL

ABOVE Although this is a small space, Liquid Blue was easily able to incorporate a fully tiled pool.

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Install a tank: Consider installing an underground rainwater tank as part of the construction process and use the water for filling and topping up your swimming pool. Get a cover: Use a pool cover to stop evaporation and reduce the heating needs of your swimming pool — you can save up to 50 per cent of your heating costs, just by using a cover.

See-through panels are a current design trend. Photo courtesy of Apex Landscapes and Pools.


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his was a garden that relied on clipped plants for definition and form and a green-on-green planting scheme for year-round interest. From the double box hedge used as a backdrop for the main garden to the espalier employed as a feature wall, The Greenery Garden reminded us of the essential role plants play in the well designed garden. Designed by Vivid Design and constructed by Semken Landscaping, The Greenery Garden used both hardscape elements and structural plantings to form the bones of the design, all of which were softened by a sprinkling of flowers, which included hydrangeas, salvias and gardenias. The paving was a contrasting mix of Bamstone natural bluestone and brick. In the sunken garden, over which a cleanlined pergola stood, the central strip of

slimline brick was flanked by tiers of richly coloured Bamstone bluestone which folded up the feature wall at the back of the space, furthering the sense of immersion. The inlay of green plants in the paving balanced the hard surfaces and was also taken up the wall, enhancing the integration between hard and soft landscaping. Just as the repeated use of evergreen plants served to link different parts of the garden, so did the recurring use of Bamstone bluestone, in the form of stepping stones, a garden bench, steps and random paving. The garden, presented by The Greenery Garden Centre, scooped the awards, winning the City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show, a Gold Show Garden Award, the Mark Bence Construction Award and the Horticultural Media Association Award for Best Use of Plant Life. ODL

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esigned by Brent Reid of Candeo Design, Do the NT used feature rock, red desert sand, timber and a palette heavily featuring ochre tones to conjure images of the Northern Territory. The garden was carved into three levels, the highest featuring a cube-shaped outdoor structure and a deck. Both structures were built of timber and sat upon a platform boasting natural stoneclad walls, with the stone representing the rock

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faces found in the Northern Territory’s Top End. The second level was the “outback garden”. This space was awash with large feature rocks and the dark-green/grey-green foliage typical of the Northern Territory bush. Ochre-coloured stepping stones led through the “outback garden” to the deck and there was a still lagoon filled with water lilies. The last level, representing the Red Centre, was sunken into the middle of the

garden. This area was finished in red desert sand and featured a limited plant palette, indicating that only the toughest plants can be found growing in desert areas. Bronze sculptures of dancing brolgas and a giant blue-tongue lizard completed the picture. Do the NT, which was presented by Northern Territory Tourism and built by Semken Landscaping, won a Gold Show Garden Award. ODL


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emonstrating that a minimalist design need not be devoid of warmth, A Garden Called Frank presented an elegant and modern interpretation of what an outdoor living space can be. Created by BLAC’s principal designer, Peta Donaldson, and master builder Kennan Harris, also of BLAC, the garden displayed a well-considered use of scale, form and detail, enriched by a subtle yet clearly defined interplay of textures and contrasts. The architectural hardscaping featured concrete and stone, complemented by a green planting palette that emphasised foliage over flowers. The paved areas were comprised of Moroccan limestone and oversized exposed concrete landings. Concrete was also used to construct the “submerge” pool. Some textural warmth was introduced into the garden through the addition of discreet brass and timber elements. The

latter included the Scandinavian-style Clear Ash Glosswood ceiling panels in the pavilion. Modern furniture and light fittings added more warmth and had a softening effect. The minimalist planting emphasised mounded greenery and featured an array of sculptural dwarf conifers (such as Pinus sylvestris ‘Saxatilis’, Pinus strobus ‘Nana Macopin’ and Pinus densiflora ‘Osmaston Compact’), providing inspiration for those seeking a hardy yet sophisticated garden. Fire (in the guise of an ethanol fireplace integrated into the rear wall of the pavilion), water, light and shadow were the most persuasive components within this garden and their successful integration created a space in which people could luxuriate, whatever the time of day. A Garden Called Frank, in essence a celebration of the relationship between architecture, nature and human interaction, won a Gold Show Garden Award. ODL

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n ornate, old-fashioned metal gate led to a freeform garden featuring meadow-style plantings. Winding paths, finished in crushed-stone toppings, led past garden beds featuring a heady mix of flowering Australian natives (such as kangaroo paws, native fuchsia and hardenbergia) and exotics (such as statice, butterfly bush and verbena), as well as herbs and ornamental native grasses.

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Dubbed The Retreat, the garden was divided into two spaces: one for strolling, the other for relaxing. The latter featured a hut boasting a reclaimed timber roof with Corten detailing and decorative Corten screens on two sides. Reclaimed timber was used for the deck upon which the hut stood and the tree boxes, planted with eucalyptus, that flanked the open area in front of it. Adding to the natural feel of the space, river marbles were placed around the

base of the tree boxes and lush garden beds. The original design was by Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paul Hervey-Brookes, who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the show due to family illness, so Kim Earl of Candeo Design took over the reins, interpreting the drawings and developing the planting plan. This proved a successful collaboration as The Retreat, which was built by Semken Landscaping, won a Silver Show Garden Award. ODL


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ight of Way, designed by Daniel Tyrrell Landscapes, took the focus away from our backyards and placed it in our long-forgotten laneways. Daniel was inspired by the bluestone-paved laneways which still exist in some Melbourne suburbs and are, in many instances, just wasted space. With an escalating need for green space and increasing interest in fresh produce, these laneways and similar public spaces have great potential for growing hardy perennials, herbs and seasonal vegetables.

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Reflecting this, Daniel Tyrrell’s laneway was lined with drought-hardy Miscanthus oligostachyus ‘Eileen Quinn’ and Panicum virgatum ‘Rubrum’ (both ornamental grasses), flowering plants such as Echinacea purpurea, Verbena bonariensis, Astrantia major, Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’, Echinops ritro, Agastache aurantiaca ‘Sweet Lili’ and Agastache rugosa ‘Heronswood Mist’, along with a healthy peppering of edible and medicinal herbs (such as fennel, parsley and lovage].

The laneway was paved in traditional bluestone pitchers, borrowed from the City Of Port Phillip council depot, and flanked by perforated aluminium screens. These screens, in the pattern Domino580, were supplied by Melbourne’s Locker Group and proved an apt canvas for celebrated street artist Conrad Bizjak. In front of the black paling fence at the end of Right of Way, the worthy winner of a Silver Show Garden Award, sat designer metal milk crates from Rock Martin. ODL


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ased on a fictionalised memory of a charming, plant-filled English garden visited during childhood, Reflection showcased designer Ian Barker’s penchant for natural gardens awash with perennials. The story behind the design was a grandparents’ garden by a lake, a place with a profusion of plants that offered scope for exploration and the ideal spot from which to jump into the lake — a boathouse. The highly naturalistic planting plan was a treasure trove of perennials, some well-loved traditional favourites, others less well known. Among their number were Achillea ‘Mondpagode’, Echinops ‘Star Frost’, Eryngium ‘Tetra Petra’, Filipendula palmate ‘Nana’, Geum ‘Leondard’s Variety’, Helenium ‘Riverton Beauty’, Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’, Phlomis ‘Lloyd’s Variety’, Polygonum ‘Summer Dance’, Salvia argentea, Scabiosa ochroleuca, Teucrium ‘Purple Tails’ and Verbascum ‘Polar Summer’. For height,

Nyssa sylvatica ‘Forum’, a feature tree with a pyramidal shape, was employed. A path of Tasman grey granite led through the garden, straight to the mirror water wall and reflection pond. To the left of the water feature stood the boathouse, a simple structure built using oregon timber and given a charred finish by the Ian Barker Gardens’ construction team. To achieve the distinctive finish, they used a traditional woodburning technique called Shou-sugi-ban. To complement the dark tones of the finish, grey-coloured composite decking was used for the boardwalk and boathouse floor. A gravel pathway branched off the main path, leading through densely planted garden beds and allowing total immersion. On the other side of the path was a lawn of tall fescue and in the middle of that, a granite-paved, open-air outdoor dining area. Reflection won a Gold Show Garden Award for Ian Barker Gardens. ODL

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njecting a bit of fantasy into this year’s show, Find Your Balance evoked a sense of wonder and sparked the imagination of the viewer. Presented by Beyond Blue and designed by Christian Jenkins of the Landscape Design Group, the garden featured a pod-shaped outdoor room, a butterfly-shaped pond and a swing chair, suspended from a pergola roof. With its curved walls and cypress cladding, the outdoor room gave the garden

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a soft, organic look, an effect enhanced by the rounded form of the swing chair and the “floating”, bright-blue and green rubber rock stepping stones that led from the outdoor room, through the pond to the suspended chair. A cobblestone path wrapped around the pond, taking you past the pastel Perspex and timber batten rear wall, all the while remaining beneath the laser-cut screen ceiling of the pergola.

Plants were crucial to the design. Cycads lined the garden beds at the rear, wisteria hung from the pergola, the garden beds at the side were filled with sedum, gardenias, star jasmine and liriope, and the pond was edged by lawn. The cumulative effect was a garden space that soothed the senses, emphasised the importance of finding balance in our lives and garnered for itself a Bronze Show Garden Award. ODL


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design of many parts, Abscindere targeted a modern audience with its emphasis on distinct yet seamlessly linked, low-maintenance spaces that could be enjoyed day or night. Jake Stone of Landscape Lab designed Abscindere (which translates to “fragmentation of pieces”) as a series of three clearly defined spaces, each with its own function. One space, paved with black granite and furnished with a

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high table and stools, was designated for dinner parties. The structure next to it, which was clad in marine-grade plywood, was a place to reflect as you looked out on the water-filled moat. The third space was an open lawn of tall fescue partially covered by a “floating” roof set at a 15-degree angle to provide shade, yet still allow sunlight to filter through. The central feature of the garden was a fire pit. This sat in the water and could be viewed

from each space, giving them an even greater sense of connection. The plants were an interesting mix and key among them were several maples (such as Acer ‘Crimson Sentry’ and Acer ‘Autumn Red’), Acacia ‘Mini Cog’, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Protea ‘Little Prince’ and Banksia ‘Birthday Candles’. Abscindere won a Bronze Show Garden Award and was constructed by We Build It Melbourne. ODL


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he Ohana garden, designed by Georgia Harper Landscape Design and built by The Garden Company, was a fresh departure from many of the gardens on show. Designed to mimic a 1960s Hawaiian beach party movie set, it had a very strong mid-century modern influence. The low, flat planes of the terraces, with their off-white, wavy paving design, evoked the ripple pattern of sand on a beach. Large planters were clad in off-white and green terrazzo concrete panels, stacked in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s style. The glass-mosaic swimming pool flowed over two sides, suggestive of waterfalls, and presiding over it all stood a 5m-high, glass-mosaic surfer girl. Clever terracing used the sloping site to best advantage, ensuring there were no hidden spots, and all parts of the garden were visible at once. The levels also allowed for

distinct zoning of the spaces. The lower level was home to a large lounge area, where you could easily imagine relaxing while talking to people in the pool. A few steps up and you were in a large dining area, featuring a table made out of a timber surfboard and a fish scale arbour over the bar. Georgia used an eclectic planting palette. Palms, frangipanis and lush bold foliage textures were blended with some native grasses and groundcovers, and as the planting moved downhill, it slowly dissolved into a selection of succulents and finetextured plants to reference coral reefs. Ohana, which won for Georgia Harper a Silver Show Garden Award, showed that a strong design theme (interpreted with a touch of humour) can really enhance the usability of a modern garden space, not only making it stylish, but fun too. ODL

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amed for its fluid design, What Goes Around was a major drawcard at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. A key feature of the garden, created by Inovasis Design, was a GFRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) seat, its sinuous form ideal for encouraging conversation. Of contemporary design, the What Goes Around show garden used varying heights, levels, depths and angles to create the illusion of additional space. It was also a

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modular garden (with all the steel works prefabricated off-site by PO Box Designs and all the GFRC elements made off-site by Set in Steel) that took just two days to install. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;paddlesâ&#x20AC;? of the open pergola provided an element of fun, while their blue frosted panels entertained with an everchanging display of diffused light during the day. Another feature was the bio-ethanolfuelled hanging fire pod, designed to glide in and out of the seating zone.

The inclusion of plants was an essential component of the design and by using both ground-level garden beds and a multitude of raised planters, the builder of the garden, Terraneo Landscape Design, was able to introduce a mix of evergreen and deciduous plants that reflect the changing seasons. The combination of cascading plants, shrubs, groundcovers and flowering perennials provided colour and softened the lines of the GFRC elements.ODL


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ttending a garden show can be a wonderful way to keep abreast of current design trends, as well as be inspired by new and interesting ways of using plants. Nature showcased a diverse array of plants, many used in novel ways, and demonstrated how much fun designing with plants can be. It also illustrated how man and nature can come together to create garden spaces that soothe and nurture.

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The underlying theme was the continual push and pull between man and nature. The central part of the garden explored how we can formalise, develop and stylise nature to create a liveable harmonious space. This was represented by a paved outdoor living area with modern garden furniture and a bubbling water feature. The surrounding garden showcased the ability of nature to reclaim and regenerate spaces, represented by some rather fun

features â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a car with bamboo growing through its doors and windows, and a house that had been overtaken by myriad plants. These spaces showed natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power and beauty, and also emphasised how man should seek to work with nature, shaping it but not controlling it. Nature, which was presented by Yates along with Tree and Shrub Growers of Victoria, was the recipient of a Bronze Show Garden Award. ODL


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ach year, Landscaping Victoria hosts a Boutique Gardens Competition in conjunction with the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Finalists are given a modest 5m x 5m space in which to build a garden that pushes design boundaries and showcases innovative ways to maximise small outdoor spaces. Ben Harris Gardens took out first place with the lush Calming Waters (pictured above). Central to the densely planted

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woodland-inspired garden was a natural rock stream that meandered around a glade of graceful silver birches, widening as it approached a secluded rustic pergola constructed out of timber. Second place in the competition was awarded to Gardenridge for The R(H) ope Garden (shown above right). Offering a new take on the outdoor room, the main structure of the garden was a cage comprised of a central pole onto which

metal circles of different sizes were welded. The pole and circles were the skeleton for stretching and linking the ropes. InStyle Gardens, led by designer Joel Barnett, took out third place for A Young Family (pictured top of the page). At the heart of the garden was a curved, cushiontopped stone bench. In front of the bench was a fire pit, where a family could gather and toast marshmallows. Above it sat an ornate metal canopy. ODL


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off th e s h e l f THE WINTER GARDEN EMMA HARDY | CICO BOOKS, RRP $39.95 The Winter Garden proves there is no shortage of inventive ways to add some vitality and vibrancy to your home and garden in winter. In the first chapter, Stems and Leaves, you will learn how to make a door wreath from succulents, plant a decorative display of miniature conifers and grow ferns in a reclaimed sink. In the Beautiful Bulb chapter, the projects include growing hyacinths in glass jars and lilly of the valley in vintage jelly moulds, while in Winter Colour you’ll discover how to create a cheery window box with winter-flowering pansies off-set by ferns and moss, a vertical garden of vivid cyclamen and plant shrubs laden with berries. The book also offers some basic information on things such as selecting compost and containers, and there’s a directory of winter plants that will bring flowers, scent and interesting foliage to your garden during the cold months.

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GARDEN DESIGN SOLUTIONS STEPHEN WOODHAMS | QUARTO UK, RRP $55 Penned by British garden designer Stephen Woodhams, this book is a wellspring of inspired design solutions that can be applied to gardens of any style or size. The book is divided into six chapters — Planning and Designing, Scale and Proportion, Textures and Surfaces, Features and Focal Points, Garden Rooms and Planting — and provides plenty of practical advice, such as questions to ask yourself when planning a design (for example, will you need storage or a children’s play area) and how to choose the right materials for everything from paving to walling to screens. In addition, case studies are used to illustrate how to resolve common design challenges (such as dealing with level changes, creating a multi-purpose space, making a small garden seem bigger, and turning a rooftop into a garden). Each case study includes an abundance of photos and looks in close detail at garden layouts, design choices and planting plans.

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ANGUS STEWART AND A.B. BISHOP MURDOCH BOOKS, RRP $49.99 This is a beautifully illustrated book exploring all aspects of using native plants in the home garden, from design through to plant choice and cultivation. Authoritative and practical, the book provides expert information on the fundamentals — soils, cultivation techniques, pruning, fertilising and maintenance — and looks at different styles of garden design using Australian plants not only for aesthetic reasons, but for creating drought-proof gardens, fireresistant gardens, and environments attractive to native fauna. Growing your own bush foods is also covered. To drive home the diversity of design with native plants, The Australian Native Garden showcases some of the best-designed Australian gardens and explores rural areas around Australia where indigenous species thrive in the wild. The result is a book that is both inspirational and informative.

BETH CHATTO’S SHADE GARDEN BETH CHATTO PIMPERNEL, RRP $49.99 The author of many gardening classics, Beth Chatto is a world-renowned British plantswoman whose approach to plant selection and garden design is pretty simple: the right plant has to be used in the right place. This principle underlies the success of her own woodland garden, which is the subject of this book. Page by page, the author takes the reader on a journey through her garden, detailing how she took the previously barren site and turned it into the plant-filled oasis it is today. By example, she shows how the problem of shade in a garden can be turned to your advantage and how you can create a garden that has interest in every season. She describes, too, a wealth of plants that will thrive in shady beds and borders and on walls. First published as The Shade Garden, this current edition includes new photography by Steven Wooster and a new introduction by Beth Chatto.


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Resort lifestyle This luxurious waterfront landscape makes the most of the skyline views, day or night

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esigned and constructed by Franklin Landscape & Design, this remarkable resort-style landscape claims a prized waterfront location on the Gold Coast. When designing this impressive project, David Franklin, known for his classic contemporary designs, decided to express himself a little differently through the integration of curves and terraces. “These elements aid in creating a dynamic space with many rooms, a space that provides different vantage points from which to enjoy the Gold Coast skyline vista,” he explains. “Celebrating the view of the city skyline was an integral component of the brief and the use of organic curves assists in opening up the landscape to its surroundings. The curved swimming pool, which is a feature in its own right, provides the landscape with a point of convergence,” adds David. “There are a

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number of different rooms within this space and although they seem separate, and each has its own individual view of the city skyline, they flow into each other with the assistance of the pool.” Starting from the top, a formal outdoor dining area sits above the pool, commanding a view of the garden and the areas beyond its boundaries. Next, you move down into the casual seating area, with its large fire pit. From there you descend to the pool, the private jetty and an uninterrupted view of the city skyline. A stroll to the other side of the pool takes you to a raised sun lounge and deck area. “The paved spaces around the pool and in the outdoor room are of pale travertine. This brings light to the landscape, softens the overall look and makes the garden seem more spacious,” says David. “The water feature connected to the pool adds another texture to the


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landscape by using stone cladding over which the water can trickle before falling into the pool.” Palms were vital in creating the desired resort-style ambience, framing views and providing some privacy. These were complemented by rheo, for a colour accent, agaves, for an architectural flourish, and gardenias, to soften the landscape and give it a lush vibrant look. The outdoor room and house-level patio are fenced with frameless glass. It was decided it would be better to fence the upper outdoor entertaining areas rather than have a fence at pool level, thereby allowing the pool area to seamlessly integrate with the waterfront. Landscape lighting formed the final component of the design. “The lighting scheme is minimal but sets just the right mood. There is soft uplighting to feature plants and garden beds and this is complemented

by exterior wall lighting on the different terraces and in the outdoor room,” says David. The result is a luxurious resort-style landscape that provides the full holiday-at-home experience, day or night. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction FRANKLIN LANDSCAPE & DESIGN 197A Bay Road, Sandringham Vic 3191 PHONE (03) 9598 1094 MOBILE 0401 383 827 EMAIL david@franklinld.com WEBSITE franklinld.com Photography by Patrick Redmond

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e expect a great deal from our outdoor spaces. Not only do they need to look good, they need to be just as enjoyable to use on a chilly winter’s night as they are on a hot summer’s day. In this alfresco retreat, designed by Chris Weiss, director of Formation Landscapes, we see the ultimate year-round outdoor living space. Every effort was made to maximise the family’s transseasonal entertaining opportunities. It was also important that the space complement the architectural style of the house and provide places where adults and children alike could gather and play outside. The overall feel is one of laidback luxury. The look? Chris describes that as “rustic chic”. While the end result may radiate an aura of relaxation and effortless elegance, creating the family’s dream entertaining space was not without challenges for the Formation Landscapes’ construction team. The rear garden had a slope that needed to be tamed and access could only be gained via adjacent parkland. The outdoor room is perfect for entertaining and contains everything the family needs to cook, dine and unwind … plus a great deal more. There is an outdoor kitchen equipped with a barbecue, wood-fired pizza oven and double bar fridge, and next to that, a dining area. The lounge area, just a step or two away from the dining space, is oriented towards a feature wall boasting a stone-clad surface, a wood-burning fireplace and an outdoor television. For added winter warmth there are two column heaters and to cool things down in summer there are ceiling fans. Less obvious but no less important, the outdoor room has a speaker system and a hidden bathroom/change room. The creation of a fully tiled swimming pool with an integrated spa and poolside decking was part of the design brief. The decks beside the pool provide plenty of room for lounging in the sun, relaxing with the family or entertaining friends. The elevated spa is perfectly positioned so that when you’re ensconced within its warm, bubbling water you can chat with people sitting in the outdoor room. Providing an additional space for entertaining, there is a paved area adjacent to the outdoor room. This sits beneath an open-roofed pergola and features comfortable lounge furniture along with an outdoor shower. Sawn bluestone was used for the paving in this area and the pool surrounds. This is complemented by grey ironbark decking around the pool. The mix of materials gives the garden its modern rustic aesthetic, an effect especially enhanced by the use of large recycled ironbark beams, radial sawn timber screening and Alpine stone cladding. To soften the hardscaping materials and give the garden a lush green feel, the planting palette includes cycads, frangipani, magnolias and bamboo. To keep the plants well watered, a drip irrigation system was installed and a 22,500-litre water tank placed under the rear lawn. To light the garden, Formation Landscapes turned to Gardens at Night. Between them, they devised an extensive lighting plan that truly brings the garden to life after dark. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction FORMATION LANDSCAPES PHONE (03) 9044 7910 MOBILE 0402 032 690 EMAIL chris@formationlandscapes.com.au WEBSITE formationlandscapes.com.au Photography Patrick Redmond

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hen space is in short supply, you don’t need to forgo the pleasure of having a pool. Nor do you need to despair if your garden is oddly shaped, because you can still create comfortable outdoor living spaces. These were the challenges faced — and successfully resolved — by Matthew Gee, Phase3 Landscape Construction’s senior designer. “The homeowners’ brief was to improve the functionality of a poorly configured existing backyard space through the inclusion of a plunge pool/spa, pergola and outdoor seating area. The resulting design was to be elegant, a combination of high-spec and rustic finishes, and responsive to the distinctive architectural characteristics of the residence and surrounding area,” explains Matthew. “The trickiest part of the project was how to incorporate the proposed landscaping and, more specifically, the plunge pool/spa into the existing pre-turn-of-the-century, heritagelisted limestone laundry. Doing this without causing any damage to the structure itself was a real challenge — and a council requirement.” The concrete plunge pool/spa, with its poly-glass wall and travertine-tiled interior, is the showpiece of this

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contemporary design.The plunge pool/ spa has been built at pool barrier height to both enhance the visual impact of the water volume within and negate the need for unsightly pool fencing where space is at a premium. “The custom steel and timber screening adjacent to the pool and stairs acts as a pool barrier but it also conceals the entry point to the pool area and gives it a sense of privacy,” says Matthew. “The screening is also a key vertical compositional feature which provides balance and helps to define volume in a small space.” Of the “floating” concrete stairs, Mathew says: “The concrete finish was left off-form to maintain the honesty of the material — and this was a concept that was repeated as a key theme throughout the design with other elements.” Across from the plunge pool/spa there is a cosy area featuring fixed furniture and an arbour. To build the arbour, Phase3 sourced large-format recycled timbers which add character to the space and complement the eclectic charm of the property. Recycled timber battens were used to construct the in-situ seating element. For the paved areas, Phase3 used recycled concrete slabs and red clay bricks, reinforcing the overall aesthetic.


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Adding further textural interest, Ord River stone mulch was used on the garden bed which boasts a feature planting of a Dracaena marginata, underplanted with succulents. While the emphasis was on preserving the old-world charm, there are many modern elements, ranging from the custom perforated aluminium screen used as the arbour roof to the pool equipment and landscape lighting. The latter includes directional spotlights on the arbour and soft LED backlighting behind the timber screen adjacent the plunge pool/spa. Phase3 has the capability to deliver all aspects of landscape design construction and thrives on delivering unique and challenging projects. Phase3 is a complete package landscaping company, offering a comprehensive service that includes landscape design and construction, concrete pool design and construction, an in-house custom steel and timber fabrication workshop as well as landscape maintenance. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction PHASE3 LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION PTY LTD Unit 4/11 Milson Place, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor WA 6163 PHONE (08) 9337 6985 EMAIL contact@phasethree.net.au WEBSITE phasethree.net.au Photography Ross Wallace

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S e n s e o f s e re n i ty Simple and serene, the Japanese gardens that embrace this home are elegant and relaxing

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hen designing the outdoor spaces around this residence, Moto Kihara of Kihara Landscapes worked directly with Rex Lin Architects, the firm responsible for the design of the house. This was a very close, collaborative effort, with the architect valuing Moto’s vast experience in the creation of authentic Japanese gardens and Moto respecting the various material selections that had been made and seamlessly integrating them into his design. Kihara Landscapes was engaged by the architect to design outdoor spaces that would complement the very modern, somewhat imposing two-storey residence. The brief was for a simple, contemporary Japanese-style outdoor design that would have a modern Zen feel in one area and a more traditional, but still pared-back look in the other. Both areas needed to complement the grand scale of the house. The courtyard-style outdoor entertaining and living space which flows off the kitchen and is accessed via massive glass doors is minimalist. Kihara Landscapes installed two low-lying ponds along the large white feature wall and paved the space in large-format Aland slate by Cave, supplied by Rock & Stone. The ponds were fitted with bubblers so you can both hear and see the water moving, which adds to the tranquillity of the space. A single honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst’) stands in the centre of the courtyard, chosen by the architect for its bright green colour and the shape of the branches. Adjacent to it stands an elegant, minimalist bench that conceals a slimline barbecue. The second area, which can be seen from the living area and is located at the front of the house, is based on the more classical gardens typically seen in traditional “ryoukan”-style accommodation in Japan. The planting is the feature of this space and includes Acer palmatum ‘Ichigyoji’ surrounded by large sawn honeycomb rocks from Rocks Plus. This part of the garden also features Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’. These are both striking Japanese maples that colour at different times and bring more interest to the garden in autumn when they produce a variety of reds and golds. They also complement the spectacular autumn foliage which can be seen from the street. Azaleas play an integral role in the front garden, as they do in most traditional Japanese gardens. They have been planted along the boundary wall and provide a beautiful spring display of floral colour and a vista of rich green foliage all year round. To break up the white expanse of the wall that leads along the side of the garden and the house, in-built planters feature star jasmine. The house features massive glass windows so the outdoor spaces were designed to present a peaceful outlook day and night. After the sun sets, a wellconsidered LED lighting scheme, which includes the strip lighting underneath the star jasmine, the uplighting under the maples and the pond lighting, transforms the gardens into places of enchantment. ODL

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PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction KIHARA LANDSCAPES PO Box 445, Bentleigh East Vic 3165 MOBILE 0424 982 876 EMAIL info@kiharalandscapes.com.au WEBSITE kiharalandscapes.com.au Home design REX LIN ARCHITECTS 86 Winmalee Road, Balwyn Vic 3103 MOBILE 0412 036 595 EMAIL rex.lin@bigpond.com Paving supplier ROCK & STONE 33 Tooronga Road, Malvern Vic 3144 PHONE (03) 9571 6266 EMAIL enquiries@rocknstone.com.au WEBSITE rocknstone.com.au Rock supplier ROCKS PLUS 561 Dorset Road, Bayswater North Vic 3153 PHONE (03) 8761 6930 EMAIL info@rocksplus.com.au WEBSITE rocksplus.com.au Photography by Patrick Redmond


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oasting a bold yet understated design, this courtyard makes the most of the limited outdoor space. “The owners asked us to turn a cold, never-used courtyard into an inviting, liveable and functional space with a plunge pool for the summer months. Flexible shade was a requirement, as was an alfresco kitchen and informal pedestrian access to the home from the garage at the rear,” explains Steve Taylor of COS Design. “Most importantly,” he adds, “the design had to complement the home’s architecture and interior details, reflect the owners’ personalities and cater for their lifestyle requirements.” The outdoor retreat Steve designed for the owners is clearly contemporary, but it is also warm and welcoming. The liberal use of timber, which includes the decking and vertical batten panelling, is what gives the space a sense of warmth while the privacy plantings and screens add to the courtyard’s conviviality.

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The recycled spotted gum deck and the cantilevered steel and recycled timber arbour, the latter equipped with cafe-style electric heaters, are two of the courtyard’s “big ticket” items. By keeping the design clean and uncluttered, and placing the posts back from the corners of the pergola, the deck feels spacious and creates an open area for entertaining. The other “big ticket” item is the plunge pool. “Built 800mm above deck height, the two-sided wet-edge pool and water feature moat has eliminated the need for a pool fence. With all heights and clearances complying with Victoria’s strict building codes, the only actual barrier is a single glass pool gate located to the rear of one of the bluestone piers positioned along the existing alfresco terrace,” says Steve. The exterior of the pool is tiled in bluestone-look porcelain, tying it to the terrace support piers. The pool’s exterior tiling is complemented by the Coulson ceramic interior tiles and contrasted with the lighter tones of the


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travertine cladding on the raised planters and walls around the pool. Extensive garden lighting extends the usability of the space and turns certain elements, such as the stainless-steel leaf sculpture and key plants, into night-time features. The planting palette softens the angularity of the design and includes bird of paradise in the raised planter behind the pool, slender weaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bamboo for privacy along one boundary, fragrant gardenias in the lower planters, dwarf mondo between the steppers next to the deck and two feature pots, one planted with black bamboo and the other with a buxus sphere. Although the courtyard has an effortless elegance about it, much thought was put into every detail. This ranges from the selection of state-of-the-art elements, such as the retractable, remote-operated pergola roof from Issey, to the construction expertise displayed by Hamilton Landscapes and Aloha Pools. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design COS DESIGN PHONE (03) 9889 3329 MOBILE 0409 597 707 EMAIL steve@cosdesign.com.au WEBSITE design.com.au Photography by Tim Turner

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hen designing this outdoor living space, Brenton Stokes from Intrinsic Landscapes took inspiration from the bold, hip gardens you find in South Florida, giving the Melbourne garden a vibrant feel and more than a dash of Miami chic. “The owners wanted something that would be visually interesting and dynamic so I gave them a look that is cool, confident and sexy. The use of electric colours adds to the vibrancy of the space, yet the overall impression is of a stylish and sophisticated setting for outdoor living,” explains Brenton. Providing a place for family-friendly, trans-seasonal entertaining was imperative, hence the inclusion of a covered outdoor room at the end of the garden. To make preparing and cooking meals easy, the feature of the space is a fully customised outdoor kitchen with an under-counter fridge, a barbecue and wok burner, an oven, a rangehood, plenty of cupboards and bench space, a dishwasher and a sink. Adding to the comfort and functionality of the space, there are electric strip outdoor heaters, ceiling lights and a modern dining table with matching benches. To make the space more fun to use, there is a wall-mounted outdoor television. Although the owners didn’t want any plants, mainly because they wanted the garden to be as low maintenance as possible, they did want to evoke a tropical feel, which has been achieved with the laser-cut, back-lit screens that were attached the walls alongside the swimming pool. These stunning 2.4m screens, supplied by Prompt Sheet Metal and featuring a bamboo with birds design, turn the rear garden into a truly vibrant space at night. The pool, with its raised integrated spa, makes the garden ideal for a family and a great venue for summer entertaining. It is flanked on two side by frameless glass fencing, ensuring unobstructed views from the back of the house to the outdoor room, and there is an alfresco shower just a few steps away, tucked up against the partial wall of the outdoor room. The lighting in the pool and behind the feature screens can be programmed to change colours (either one solid colour or multiple colours) or flash, which is a great feature when entertaining. For ease of use, the lighting is remote controlled. Bluestone 600mm x 300mm pavers were used in a brick bond pattern in the outdoor room and for the pool surrounds. These are complemented by square-edge bluestone coping tiles around pool. The sophisticated grey tones of the paving are contrasted by the warm hues of the140mm merbau decking. “The rear garden was modernised because the owners, who had called the property home for more than 20 years, were renovating in preparation for putting the house on the market,” says Brenton. “The owners and their family were meant to relocate to a triple-storey warehouse with city views but their teenage kids wouldn’t let them move after the landscape was completed!” ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction INTRINSIC LANDSCAPES PTY LTD PHONE (03) 9442 3827 MOBILE 0400 573 880 EMAIl brenton@intrinsiclandscapes.com.au WEBSITE intrinsiclandscapes.com.au Photography by Patrick Redmond

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olf anyone? How about a refreshing dip in the swimming pool? Or maybe a freshly cooked barbecued meal followed by a few drinks in the lounge area? The owners of this Perth home can do all of this, and more, any time they like, thanks to their modern new outdoor retreat. In designing the garden, Landscapes WA worked closely with Courtyards by Design and the property owners to give them the complete holiday-at-home experience they craved. The brief from the owners was to create a garden that would offer different leisure zones and among their must-haves was a putting green, a family-friendly outdoor entertaining area around the swimming pool and a stylish parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; retreat. At the rear of the house, Landscapes WA created the perfect duet of spaces where the parents could relax or entertain. Flowing from the interior kitchen, there is a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and an adjacent dining table

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that seats six. Flowing from the interior living space is a comfortably furnished outdoor lounge area. The pool extends behind the lounge area and abuts the house, creating a strong sense of connection between it and the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior living room. The wide entry steps of the pool are under the cover of the pergola roof that extends along the back of the double-storey residence. This provides a place of respite where people can sit and chat, out of the full force of the sun. Frameless glass fencing around the swimming pool keeps the entire garden feeling as open as possible and makes it easy to supervise the children as they swim or play water sports. When the adults feel like a bit of play time of their own, they make a bee-line for the impressive putting green that extends down the side of the house. As both homeowners are golf mad, this sizeable putting green provides hours of pleasure and a chance to hone their skills.


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Throughout this outdoor retreat, the look and feel is modern. This can be seen in the clean lines of the rendered double-rick raised planters and retaining walls and the aluminium batten screening. As the garden was to be used at night, Landscapes WA installed a comprehensive lighting system. This included uplights for the feature frangipanis and deck lights in the raised sun deck beside the swimming pool. Landscapes WA is a Perth-based landscape company which provides design, construction and maintenance services throughout Western Australia. Since opening for business in 2005, it has

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become the preferred landscaper for many of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier home builders as well as discerning homeowners. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction LANDSCAPES WA PO Box 3119 Malaga WA 6945 PHONE (08) 9209 3385 EMAIL info@landscapeswa.com.au WEBSITE landscapeswa.com.au


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Design statement Sleek and contemporary in design, both front and back gardens make a compelling first impression

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hen the owners of this contemporary family home met with Josh Hooper of Landscape Techniques, they already had a few design ideas of their own, and some specific requests. Chiefly, they wanted a large lawn and familysized swimming pool in the rear garden, an eye-catching, well-lit front garden, and a palette of plants and materials that suited the modern architecture of the house. As Josh was brought on board before the home was built, Landscape Techniques was able to get onsite before work began on the house. This allowed them to complete the extensive concrete sleeper wall that frames the property and allowed for the introduction of useable level areas. In the rear garden, some smaller rendered masonry walls were built. These enabled the creation of raised planting areas and the inclusion of built-in cantilevered timber seating. To match the colour of the house, the walls were painted in Resene Double White Pointer.

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The pool and outdoor living areas were paved in sawn bluestone tiles which are contrasted by the lightblue pool tiles and bright-green foliage of the bamboo planted along one side of the pool. The outdoor entertaining space is covered by a louvre-style roof that allows plenty of light through to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge room. For the front garden, the owners had a few prerequisites: a secure front fence and gate, garden lighting, and a modern material palette. Landscape Techniques delivered on all counts and even went a step further, using the slope of the block to create different levels and give the property a grand entrance. Warm-looking materials such as Corten steel and timber were used to help soften the look of the large exposed aggregate concrete driveway. To further lighten the look, there are extra-large polished concrete steppers which flow from the front fence to


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the porch. These give the appearance of floating over the garden and tie in with the Corten steel raised planters. When the sun sets, strip lighting under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;floatingâ&#x20AC;? steppers and garden uplights work together to bring the front garden to life in a whole new way. Of course, the plants play an integral role. In the rear garden, there is evergreen ash, murraya hedging, pink choisya, hardenbergia and bamboo, to name but a few. The front garden is planted with a feature ginko, silver birch, more murraya, Japanese box, viburnum hedging, as well as small grasses and shrubs. The owners now have contemporary front and rear gardens with

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well-managed level changes and an enticing planting scheme that perfectly complements the striking modern family home. ODL

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hen you are blessed with such a breathtaking water-side location, you need to do everything you can to maximise the view and ensure a seamless connection between house, garden and water’s edge. While this property overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbour had amazing views, turning the site into an easy-to-navigate landscape wasn’t as simple as it seemed. The brief from the owners appeared straightforward enough to begin with: they wanted to be able to get from their house located at the top of the site to the boat shed and shoreline at the bottom as comfortably and safely as possible. What evolved over the 18 months it took to complete the project was nothing short of a masterpiece in modern landscaping — and a lesson in ingenuity. The sheer scope of the project meant the design had to be constantly adjusted and the construction processes regularly reassessed by John Storch from A Total Concept and Nick McCarthy from Urban Escape Landscapes and Pools as they worked their way down the precipitous site. “The scope and detail of this project is what makes it special,” affirms Nick. “Being 1800sqm and an incredibly rocky and steep waterfront site meant that access and manoeuvrability were always going to be issues. Barges were organised to remove waste and bring landscaping materials such as bricks, sandstone, soil and cement to the site. One crazy day in Urban Escape’s history of landscaping saw a barge in Middle Harbour being held in place by a tug boat with a helicopter hovering above. The helicopter placed the large mature trees, which included frangipanis and palms, in the prepared spaces on site.” The landscape was basically built from the top down, with steps, pathways and landings evolving to suit the contours of the site. Sandstone was extensively used for the hardscaping elements, chosen because it is a hardy material that will survive, despite the harsh, exposed conditions, for many generations to come. “The plant choices also needed to reflect the site’s location and climate,” adds Nick. “They needed to be as hardy as possible, given the fact that the site was on a north-facing cliff by the sea. We introduced large bottle trees, mature fangipani, Kentia palms, kangaroo paws, Mauritius hemp, cordylines and lomandra, all chosen to add colour while still being able to withstand the harsh conditions.” Urban Escape’s final task was to restore and extend the seawall and boat ramp. This involved manoeuvring a 1.5m palm out of the way so the final set of stairs could be installed. Now, not only do the owners have a beautiful garden that effortlessly links the house with the shore, they have a garden that is an award winner. In the LNA Master Landscapers Association Landscape Excellence Awards 2015, Urban Escape won the Residential over $300,000 category and received the Graham Ross Residential Landscape Award for the construction of this coastal classic. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape construction URBAN ESCAPE LANDSCAPES AND POOLS 48/28 Barcoo Street, Roseville NSW 2087 PHONE (02) 9417 8004 MOBILE 0416 180 530 EMAIL nick@urbanescape.com.au WEBSITE urbanescape.com.au Photography Peter Brennan

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Made for entertaining A tricky sloping site has been transformed into a modern family-friendly entertaining space

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he design brief given to Matthew Leacy of Landart Landscapes and Pools was to create a family-friendly space that was functional, good for entertaining and appealed to all ages. As the block had a steep slope, it was essential that the change in levels be used to best advantage — oh, and a swimming pool was a must too. “The sloping block was a challenge to design around. The goal was to create a space that felt connected to the house, as well as open and inviting, all without using huge retaining walls. There are steps but because of the design you don’t really notice them,” says Matthew. Now the garden is a contemporary space that has different areas within it that invite exploration. “It’s the kind of landscape where each space is connected visually but each space also feels quite private. It can house lots of people and not feel overcrowded,” he adds.

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One of the standout design elements is the pool, which was raised to the turf level to give the illusion of more space. Explains Matthew: “The pool is used to bring up the levels at the back of the property. It also helps create the sunken entertaining area where we located a custom-designed outdoor kitchen and a space for dining and relaxing. The sunken entertaining area, which hugs and feels part of the pool, sits down within the landscape so it is completely private from the neighbours. The shade structure is designed and built to cantilever over the dining/lounge area — having no posts really maintains the open feel of the space.” Aluminium was used for the cantilevered shade structure, keeping the weight and costs to a minimum. For the roof slats and the built-in bench seating, sustainable Australian hardwood was used. Matthew chose travertine for the paving. It’s a hardy stone, which is what you need for high-traffic areas, and because of its density it stays quite cool underfoot in full sun.


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All of the walls and raised planters are rendered block, painted in a dark colour so the plants can stand out. There were some existing plants the owners wanted to retain, but what they sought was a planting scheme that would give the garden a tropical feel. “I believe we have achieved that with a contemporary twist,” says Matthew. “We used strap-leaved plants such as liriope mixed with leafy architectural plantings of cordyline, bird of paradise and palms. You’ll also find ferns in the mix as well as plants such as germander that we included to add some grey tones to contrast with the largely deep-green planting palette.” The owners now spend every moment they can in the garden, which is the ultimate testament to the success of the design. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction LANDART LANDSCAPES AND POOLS PTY LTD 2/68 Tulloh Street, Willoughby NSW 2068 PHONE (02) 9958 0462 EMAIL info@landart.com.au WEBSITE landart.com.au Photography by Jason Busch

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nsuring an easy flow from inside to out is always a priority when designing a garden, as is capturing pleasing vistas that can be enjoyed when looking out from the home. Such was the case with this renovated Californian bungalow, the rear wall of which featured expansive bifold glass doors. “The garden can be viewed from almost anywhere in the house, chiefly the kitchen, lounge room and central corridor, as well as from different points within the garden itself,” says landscape architect Nick Kennedy from Art in Green. “The goal was to make the rear garden design work from all those different angles.” Starting with the space directly outside the lounge room, there is a minimalist central courtyard complementing the modern interior. The courtyard boasts mounded beds of Korean temple grass and a feature honey locust tree. Adjacent to the master bedroom is a sitting area with a “floor” of concrete pavers broken up by geometric channels planted with an ornamental grass. “This area features a series of white custom-made steel lamp posts,” says Nick. “These add a sense of enclosure and intimacy; they also act as an open screen that allows a clear view to the sculpture garden.” The sculpture garden is delineated by white gravel and studded with decorative topiary balls of clipped Japanese box and silver berry. Here the focal point is the Sphere metal sculpture from Lump Sculpture Studio, which boasts a red powder-coated finish to match the carpet inlay of the lounge room. This is embraced by a softly curved, rendered garden seat, painted white to reference the white powder-coated finish of the angular lamp posts. A mix of materials was employed for textural interest. A wall of recycled sandstone was added along the rear boundary, which references a sandstone path and pillar in the more traditional front garden. “This wall links the two sitting areas at the back and is a feature that is visible not just from the courtyard, but also from the kitchen at the front of the house,” says Nick. “We used recycled sandstone because it is a natural material that contrasts with the man-made pavers, rendered bench seat, steel lamp posts and rendered house exterior.” “The biggest challenge,” says Nick, “was that so many areas were viewed from so many different angles and had to look great from all those angles. For example, the sculpture garden is viewed at one angle from the inside of the house when walking down the corridor, from another when in the lounge room and from another when sitting in the paved area outside the master bedroom.” Clearly, he was able to work all the angles to perfection. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction ART IN GREEN PO Box 1106, Hunters Hill NSW 2110 PHONE (02) 9807 2677 EMAIL info@artingreen.com.au WEBSITE artingreen.com.au Photography by Peter Brennan

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he homeowners wanted a casual, contemporary entertaining space with a swimming pool. They also wanted a space where the children could play and as there was a clear view of the entire backyard from the indoor living areas, it was essential that the new pool and garden be a pleasure to peruse, day or night. To bring the owners’ vision to fruition, desiger Mike Cass of Mike Cass Creative had to first work out where the focal points would be and manage the site’s height changes without compromising the intended design. The positioning of the pool was critical to the success of the project. Thanks to careful planning and good design, the pool is now the element that resolves the level changes and is the transition point between the entertaining area and the garden’s lower level where the children play. To make the outdoor entertaining area look and feel larger, Mike opted for natural colours for the paving and decking (both supplied by Eco Outdoor) as well as the furniture. The natural colour palette also helps to highlight the vivid blue interior of the pool, the flourishing plants and the standout design features, such as the pergola with its cantilevered roof. The roof stands above a deck built out of Australian spotted gum. One side of the deck is used as an outdoor shower, the other as a day bed. Pale-coloured large-format tiles were used for the flooring of the entertaining area and around two sides of the pool to make the spaces seem a tad bigger, but they weren’t just selected for their size and colour. Their subtle texture appealed to Mike, as did their durability. He also liked the way the paving picked up on the colours in the stone-clad feature wall that runs along the far side of the pool. Slender weaver’s bamboo was planted by Design-It Landscapes, the company charged with building the landscape, to screen out the neighbours and make the space more private. As this is a compact, upright bamboo it was well suited to life in a narrow garden bed. The overall planting palette mainly relies on different variations of green. This ranges from the darker greens of the lilly pillies to the lighter, almost lime colour of the silver lady fern fronds to the deepgreen, cream and pink foliage of the variegated star jasmine, all of which provide interest and soften the look of the hardscape areas. The garden and pool lighting schemes, which were designed by Mike, are comprised of energy-efficient LED lights (supplied by ME Lighting), which bathe the backyard in a welcoming glow and entice the family outside to enjoy warm summer nights. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design MIKE CASS CREATIVE MOBILE 0409 093 346 EMAIL mike@mikecass.com.au WEBSITE mikecass.com.au Landscape construction DESIGN-IT LANDSCAPES PHONE (02) 9967 5621 EMAIL office@designit.co WEBSITE designit.co Photography by Peter Brennan

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A new outlook This reimagined rear garden has given a growing young family a fresh perspective and a new lease on life

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he owners of this home in Box Hill North, east of Melbourne, turned to Inge Jabara of Inge Jabara Landscapes to design a multi-functional, multigenerational garden that would give the family a fresh perspective and an enhanced outdoor lifestyle. Wide bifold doors opening the home to the rear garden created a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, an essential element for the homeowners. Ensuring the outlook from inside the home was something special was just as important, as was designing spaces that could cater for small children and adults alike. More specifically, the brief was to design a garden that was easy to use. There was to be a swimming pool and spa area, a lawn where the children could play, a stylish deck for entertaining and, overall, a greater degree of privacy from neighbours. The style was left to Inge, who came up with a

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design that is contemporary and pared-back, with a formal English undertone that references the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brick exterior. The fully-tiled, solar-heated pool, designed by Inge Jabara and built by Access Pools, is controlled by a Wi-Fi pad inside the house and stands 1.2m above the original ground level. It includes a raised spa, also solar-heated, with a polished concrete seat on two sides. The pool surrounds are paved in bluestone, its sophisticated grey tones complementing the concrete seat and contrasting the warm hues of the spotted gum decking at the far end of the pool area. A feature screen of treated pine slats extends part-way along one side of the pool; on the other side, and along the section that connects with the elevated deck at the rear of the residence, glass fencing keeps the area protected while ensuring unobstructed views. The other part of the garden is taken up by an expanse of


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lawn that provides the children with a soft and safe surface for outdoor games. Access to the lawn and the pool is via a set of concrete steps that lead down from the covered deck that flows from the rear of the house, giving the family the quintessential indoor-outdoor living space. Newly created garden beds border the lawn. There is bamboo to screen the boundary, a Japanese maple as a feature tree, a box hedge by the steps that will be tiered as it grows, jasmine as a fragrant border, and feathery miscanthus for interest and softness. In choosing the plants, consideration was given to the existing brush fence and the need to integrate into the new design. The existing deck was revitalised, with the Inge Jabara Landscapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; construction team sanding back and re-staining the original decking boards and extending it out to the boundary to maximise the space and create a new outdoor entertaining area. Landscape lighting, sourced by Gardens at Night, was placed in the garden beds and alongside the steps, and the pool lighting was upgraded to be multi-coloured. This works in harmony with the deck lighting to make this garden an inviting space to use at night, as well as a beautiful vista to behold when looking out from the house. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction INGE JABARA LANDSCAPES 2-14 Gordon Street, Cremorne Vic 3121 PHONE (03) 9046 1966 EMAIL info@ingejabaralandscapes.com.au WEBSITE ingejabaralandscapes.com.au Photography by Tim Turner

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hen you’re blessed with a stunning water view, you need to do everything you can to enhance it, which was precisely what the owners of this property in Lorne, a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, did. Working to a design by Tim Nicholas of TNLA Landscape Architects, Aus Scapes built a beautiful garden that doesn’t just maximise the view out to the bay, it nestles into the contours of the site and complements the architectural style of the house. Comprising a rich tapestry of textures, forms and shapes, the new garden makes the most of the sloping block, providing the family with a variety of outdoor spaces, complemented by feature gardens. “Ultimately, it is a place of fun and relaxation,” says Mark Stanesby of Aus Scapes. “The design provides opportunities for all ages with the inclusion of a cubby, fire pit, hammocks, ample lawn space and a large level section of concrete for skateboarding, cricket or other activities.

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“The garden design is a contemporary reworking of the beach house garden,” he continues. “Stylistically, it borrows from mid-20th century Californian modernist design in its forms and structure while being site specific to Lorne with the use of materials, plant stock, and the way these are combined to deal with the challenging topography.” Both rear and front gardens were transformed. The rear, north-facing garden is deliberately informal with a series of interconnecting rooms on four different levels. The front garden design is more formalised, creating a strong presence on the street and a definite sense of entry into the house. “The home is set in the bush surrounds of the Angahook State Forest so the planting scheme, which includes many indigenous species, allows the garden to forge a seamless connection with its natural environs,” explains Mark. “At present the vegetation is locally sourced tubestock and is still in its first growing season. In the next few years the true spirit of the design will emerge to create a series of intimate spaces below the house.”


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Feature gabion retaining walls, with gabion cages supplied by Yarrabee & Castlemaine Stone Solutions, have been used throughout the property. Yarrabee & Castlemaine Stone Solutions supply a large variety of natural stone along with the gabion cages that are so essential to this design. Bluestone rock ballast was used in the gabions, basalt rocks in the embankments for slope control and sawn bluestone was used for the paving. Feature elements play an equally important role and reflect the owners contribution to the design process. “The bespoke fire pit draws its inspiration from a nautilus shell they found on the beach and the hammocks were bought in Mexico. In the end, these elements became integral parts of the design,” says Mark. Australian-made LED lights, supplied by Ian McKenzie whose company Green Southern Lights provides quality custom-designed LED lighting, give the finishing flourish. Lighting has been used extensively throughout the garden and is connected to the home’s automatic operating system. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape construction AUS SCAPES P/L MOBILE 0412 046 747 EMAIL admin@ausscapes.com.au WEBSITE ausscapes.com.au Landscape design TNLA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS MOBILE 0407 534 840 EMAIL timnic@tnla.com.au WEBSITE tnla.com.au Lighting supplier GREEN SOUTHERN LIGHTS Mobile 0409 707 227 EMAIL ian@greensouthernlights.com.au WEBSITE greensouthernlights.com.au Gabion retaining wall cage supplier YARRABEE & CASTLEMEMAINE STONE SOLUTIONS 1696 Dandenong Road, Oakleigh East Vic 3166 PHONE (03) 9535 1500 EMAIL sales@yarrabee.com.au WEBSITE yarrabee.com.au Photography by Patrick Redmond

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or an experienced landscape designer like Anthony Bennett of ABS Landscape Services, a sloping garden isn’t a problem — it’s an opportunity to create something unique. The owners of this property in the Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills wanted a swimming pool but as the block was quite steep, they worried this might not be achievable. Also on their wish list was a sizeable lawn, a place for a table and chairs so they could dine alfresco, and the creation of as much useable space as possible. Knowing they needed professional help, they put their trust in Anthony to design and build their dream garden. Anthony’s vision was for a modern landscape that would have a subtle Japanese flavour, make the most of the backdrop provided by the nature reserve it backs on to, and allow the family to enjoy their new pool and outdoor entertaining area in comfort and style. To help the owners visualise the end result, Anthony prepared a sketch of how he envisioned the completed garden. This is a service he provides for all of his clients as he feels it is the best way to ensure they know exactly what the garden will look like. Because it has a north-west aspect and gets a lot of afternoon sun, the paving (sawn granite) and feature wall stone (quartz) were chosen because they don’t absorb too much heat. Honed

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bluestone, which also stays cool to the touch, was used for the capping on the feature wall as well as the small walls, and for the capping around the outdoor entertaining area. For the decking at the rear of the house, Anthony used merbau timber and for the outdoor shower and screening beside the pool he used spotted gum. The spotted gum panelling acts as the backdrop for the stainless-steel shower; it also hides the pool equipment. The plants are a well-considered mix of shrubs and trees that includes camellias, conifers, Japanese maples, lilly pillies and a jacaranda. ABS Landscape Services is a company of 19 years standing with a reputation for excellent customer service and an eye for detail. In addition to design and construction, it offers a maintenance service so you can ensure your garden develops in the intended way. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction ABS LANDSCAPE SERVICES MOBILE 0419 881 970 EMAIL enquiry@abslandscapes.com.au WEBSITE abslandscapes.com.au Photography by Patrick Redmond


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create better flow between the garden and the house. As visibility was a key issue, Georgia decided to “lift up” the pool so it would be seen from inside the house. “To do this, we built up the pool about 600mm,” she says. “The spa was elevated another 500mm so that its warm water would flow into the pool, creating a water feature effect and extending the use of the area outside of summer. “The paved spaces surrounding the pool and spa are in tumbled travertine, laid in an ashlar pattern. This pattern makes the space seem bigger than it is and the travertine stays nice and cool underfoot,” adds Georgia. A luxurious outdoor lounge area with in-built seating was created next to the pool, with a bar fridge to keep drinks cool and a pergola custom-made from powdercoated steel. This throws patterns across the area and looks incredible at night. “As entertaining is very important to this family, we extended the deck area to be able to accommodate family and friends,” adds Georgia. “Glass balustrading


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keeps everyone in sight and building the new deck allowed us to install a change room underneath it. Now when the kids’ friends come over for a swim, they can get changed there and leave all their stuff out of everyone’s way.” GHLD works on projects ranging from small residential courtyards to large commercial developments, in Melbourne and around Victoria. Experienced in a wide range of garden styles, GHLD is a multi-award-winning firm, which recently won a Best of HOUZZ Award for 2016 and a Silver Medal at the 2016 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design GEORGIA HARPER LANDSCAPE DESIGN PO Box 362, Clifton Hill Vic 3068 Mobile 0412 293 247 EMAIL georgia@ghld.com.au WEBSITE ghld.com.au Photography Patrick Redmond

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aving decided that this was their “forever” house, the owners wanted to visually and practically increase the outdoor living space so that both lounging and dining could be enjoyed on the verandah. The area needed to be weatherproofed and the style needed to marry well with the modest cottage. The owners called in Janine Mendel of CultivArt Landscape Design who chose a symmetrical layout in keeping with the era of the home, a 1920s brick-and-weatherboard house. A key feature of the design, one that is beautifully suited to the character of the home, is the new verandah. A flat-roofed pergola had previously spanned the back of the house, covering a large area of brick paving. The space under the pergola was confined by too many posts located too close to the house. Now the verandah is sheltered by a pitched roof and the paving has been replaced by timber decking. One of the owners loves plants and wanted as much garden as possible. This can be hard to achieve when a swimming pool takes up so much ground and access has to be maintained around it. To create further planting opportunities, Janine designed four square plinths for the corners of the pool. On each one stands an oversized fibreglass bowl. Uplights, both in and underneath, reveal the organic shape of the bowls and the softness of the contained planting. The two bowls at the front of the pool contain sago palm and carpet thyme. In the bowls on the rear plinths are dragon trees under-planted with variegated Japanese sedge. Growing against the back wall behind these pots is Chinese star jasmine.

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The colours of the hard surfaces are muted and calming — deep brownish grey for the rendered walls and warm grey, courtesy of the travertine pavers, which provide texture and richness. Entrance to the service area is via an archway, beyond which a pot holding a lime tree and herbs gives the illusion that the garden continues. The travertine water feature is another significant design element. The top forms a shallow arch, the face houses three square light recesses, and the water spills from a stainlesssteel source as a sheer descent into the pool below. On the left-hand wall is a day bed backed by a gently arched recess clad in travertine tiles. The shallow curve matches the one above the water wall and both have an architectural grace. The owners adore their garden, enjoying the tranquil ambience and the ability to spend time outside relaxing or entertaining, no matter what the season. Both are great proponents of having just enough to make life pleasant without embracing excess and this garden perfectly reflects that philosophy. ODL

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an environment for entertaining and relaxing, a space that could cater for all occasions and do it in style and comfort. A swimming pool was considered essential, as were separate alfresco zones for cooking, eating, relaxing and chilling out with friends. Penfold Projects, in conjunction with the architects, Rothelowman, provided a strategic design which enhances and frames the stunning views, affording residents a variety of vantage points. One is the raised deck. This features different relaxation zones, each defined by a different grouping of furniture. Raised planters were integrated into the design of the deck, bringing a flourish of foliage and flowers that gladdens the eye and softens the lines of the angular design. The wall in front of the deck features glass panels which make the space feel more open and connected to the cityscape beyond. When residents feel like cooling down, they head


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straight to the elevated infinity-edge pool. A trio of timber burees sit adjacent to the pool. Each shade-giving structure is furnished with a day bed and curtains that can be drawn for privacy. At the other end of the rooftop garden is an outdoor kitchen equipped with a barbecue, sink and ample bench space. Residents can cook a meal and then sit at one of the nearby dining settings, enjoying good company and great views. The selection of materials was an important element in the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. From the mixed-species hardwood decking to the granite paving and the tiled formed-concrete walling, the look is urbane and the materials perfectly suited to life in such an exposed environment. Penfold Projects is a forward-thinking landscape design and construction company with more than 18 years experience working

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on innovative residential, commercial and government projects. This multi-award-winning company has a large team of highly qualified professionals who can take your landscaping project from planning stage to completion. ODL

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n the must-have list for this rural property were a luxury swimming pool and inviting outdoor living spaces, all of which had to be created on a site with wonderful views but a tricky slope. The brief given to PTA Landscapes was to integrate the planned pool with the new landscape, make the area around the house, which sat high on the block, useable, and to tame the severe slope through the introduction of well-managed levels and terraces. Of equal importance was ensuring that the new landscape would complement the property’s bucolic surrounds and be as easy to maintain as possible. To harmonise with the natural pink sandstone of the home’s exterior walls, textured non-slip granite paving was laid in the outdoor entertaining areas and around the pool. Granite was also used for the steps that lead from the house level to the mid-terrace level. From this point, a pair of “floating” native ironbark hardwood stairs

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offer transition to the sunken garden room at the centre of which is a fire pit. Now one of the family’s favourite places to gather, the fire pit area features a gravel floor and broad granite-paved steps that can be used as casual seating, as can the timber-topped low gabion wall that sits opposite the steps. Gabion walls have been used throughout the design, adding texture, visual interest and reinforcing the rustic ambience. Each metal gabion basket was carefully stacked with hand-placed granite rocks, one of the many tasks the PTA Landscapes’ team completed with meticulous attention to detail. PTA Landscapes was responsible for a broad scope of works, which included design, construction and engineering, the latter undertaken by the in-house team. The construction work encompassed everything from earthworks, drainage and irrigation to rock work, the placement of stone and gravel pavements, timber


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screening, and the establishment of garden beds and planting. The plants, chosen for their form and hardiness, include native grasses, cycads (for a strong structural element), star jasmine (for colour and fragrance around the pool), and clusters of bird of paradise around the fire pit zone. They are all irrigated by water harvested directly from the on-site dam. In addition, lighting was installed, which turns the garden into a magical nightscape. This incorporated LED strip lighting under the “floating” hardwood stairs as well as bollard lighting. PTA Landscapes is a multi-award-winning company. In 2013 alone, it received seven awards at the annual Victorian Landscape

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Awards, three of which were for this property: Landscape Design up to 150m², Hard Structures in the Landscape categories and a Highly Commended for Residential Landscape over $200,000. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction PTA LANDSCAPES PHONE (03) 9872 3055 EMAIL info@ptalandscapes.com.au WEBSITE ptalandscapes.com.au Photography by Patrick Redmond


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aving tired of their outdated garden, the owners of this rambling river-front property looked to Denis Fitzpatrick of Green Survival to rejuvenate their outdoor spaces. This proved to be a wide-ranging task for which the owners gave Denis carte blanche. Denis decided on a style he calls “old-world charm” and his aim was to ensure that all outdoor elements blended well with the simple lines of the mostly single-level house — and that the property’s proximity to the river was maximised. “To achieve this, the river views are framed in a number of ways,” says Denis. “For example, a significant lilly pilly tree located approximately in the middle of the property helps to frame one of the views to the river. This framing was further enhanced by the addition of an open pergola that adjoins the house. Smoked corrugated Perspex roof sheeting was added to some sections of the pergola to create an all-weather corridor. “Another key feature is the newly planted terraces to the river,” continues Denis. “Behind these sandstone-clad terrace walls we installed rows of miniature murraya, a perfect hedging plant that doesn’t need constant pruning, and a stunning new agapanthus variety, ‘Queen Mum’, which produces white blooms with a blue centre — these have a luminescent quality at day’s end.” An expansive lawn at the home’s lower terrace level further enhances the grandeur and old-world charm and ensures there are lush green spaces wherever the eye roams. Achieving such a splendid result was not without its challenges. Due to the 100m-long distance from the front of the property to the rear, transporting soils, mulch and plants was a tedious process.

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Also, some of the pipes and wires from the existing 14-station irrigation system had to be replaced so new soil and plants could be installed. The upgraded irrigation system now delivers water more efficiently to the extensive gardens and lawns and is surely the key to maintaining such a horticultural paradise. “The newly installed terrace gardens on the river-side received flood damage in early 2011,” adds Denis. “We were able to regenerate these gardens by removing the mud/silt then applying gypsum and soil additives. New plants were then installed to replace those lost due to flooding.” As you can see, Green Survival’s considerable effort and expertise has paid dividends in the form of a serene and green landscape. Green Survival, established by Denis Firtzpatrick in 1979, has won multiple landscaping awards and has developed a wellearned reputation for superlative quality and customer service. Denis is also a founding member of Landscape Queensland and a former president. Working in Brisbane and throughout south-east Queensland, Green Survival provides landscaping services to a wide range of residential and commercial clients. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction GREEN SURVIVAL PHONE (07) 3277 6551 MOBILE 0413 758 877 EMAIL denis@greensurvival.com.au WEBSITE greensurvival.com.au Photography by Glenn Weiss


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een to make the most of their small rear garden, the owners of this townhouse in south Sydney called on Samuel Ward of Metropolitan Landscapes to give them the modern-rustic outdoor haven they craved. Fed up with their uneven, tired-looking old deck and a paved entertaining area devoid of privacy, the homeowners decided the time had come for a total transformation. They turned to Samuel to update the garden, creating a sheltered, private space for entertaining and a lawn where the children and family dog could play. Combining rustic and modern elements, Samuelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design maximises the space and has a relaxed feel, which is ideal for entertaining. The new deck and paved area sit beneath a solid-roofed pergola. To one side there is a lush lawn and hugging the perimeter of the yard, new garden beds. The deck was built using 90mm spotted gum boards and the area beside it was paved in granite, using a French laying pattern. A feature of the paved area is the corner

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bench seating, built out of spotted gum timber and boasting concealed storage, which is a boon for a family. The pergola, with its gyprock ceiling and 140mm merbau posts, provides a sheltered spot for entertaining. From the comfort of the pergola you can relax and enjoy the sight and sound of the water feature. As its backdrop, this spherical fountain has a panel of mini orb corrugated fencing; at its base is a platform of rocks. At floor level, the water feature is framed by a border fashioned out of railway sleepers. Sleepers were also used to create the planter boxes that wrap around the newly laid lawn. Providing additional space for plants, there are double-bricked planter boxes, rendered and painted a striking shade of blue, around the paved area, as well as a vertical garden. Plants play a critical role in the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. Slender weaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bamboo and shell ginger were planted along the fence for privacy and an existing golden cane palm, located in the corner, was retained. The other planters feature a mix of


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plants, which include Indian hawthorn, succulents and lady palms. Close attention was paid to the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s functionality and ease of use. Lighting was installed in the garden beds, above the water feature and in the pergola ceiling. There is a 316-grade stainlesssteel drainage channel and grate in the paved area, and the irrigation system has two stations, with pop-up sprinklers for the lawns and misting sprinklers for the garden beds. Metropolitan Landscapes has created a garden with an open feel that is as family friendly as you can get. There is a soft lawn where the children

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and the dog spend much of their time and the parents have a versatile, covered space for entertaining. What more could you ask for? ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design and construction METROPOLITAN LANDSCAPES MOBILE 0466 564 807 WEBSITE metrolandscapes.com.au Photography by Peter Brennan


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Edible oasis Replete with rustic charm, recycled materials and organic produce, this garden is a triumph

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hanks to the construction expertise, horticultural knowledge and eco-savvy of Graham Taylor, director of Distinctive Landscapes, one very happy family is able to enjoy all the benefits of a country-style market garden — replete with bee hive, chooks and a seedling hot house — in the heart of Sydney’s bustling northern beaches. “The garden has the potential to provide all the organic produce the family desires while still being a useable space to relax. The owners often enjoy a morning cup of tea out in the garden, listening to the buzzing of the native bees from the hive and the clucking of happy chickens,” explains Graham. From the outset, the aim was to create a new organic growing garden — and lifestyle environment — that would feel like it had been there for a 100 years. “Using quality recycled materials the backyard was transformed into an edible garden oasis, one with lashings of oldworld charm which can be seen in the recycled wharf decking, recycled railway sleepers, reclaimed French doors and the repurposed bathtub that is now a worm farm,” says Graham. The backyard doesn’t just provide for edible garden beds, however. It incorporates a bevy of functional features including areas for producing compost and fertiliser and a seedling hot house so the owner can be part of the entire process, from sowing the seeds to picking the organic produce — and what a range of produce. There are apples, pears, citrus, mulberries, plums and mangoes as well as herbs and vegetables, ensuring a year-round bounty of tasty, fresh produce.

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The shed was built using only recycled materials and was split into three separate spaces: one for equipment, one for storage and the other, at the front, for growing orchids. The shed frame is recycled oregon timber, the cladding recycled wharf decking and the roof recycled corrugated sheeting. Recycled French windows and doors were also incorporated into the shed’s design. Recycled bricks were used for paving, as well as the construction of retaining walls and garden beds. The garden beds also include recycled timber paling screens for the climbing plants and decorative laser-cut metal screening as a rustic design feature. The garden provides the owners with exactly what they wanted — a modern take on a rustic, country vegie garden and a backyard that shows the beauty of recycled materials. But it is not a garden that is just about functionality. “While the garden does have the potential to provide all the organic produce the owners could desire, it is a space they can use to relax and enjoy morning tea or a casual lunch while listening to the native bees from the hive and the happy chickens waiting for the left-overs,” says Graham. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design DISTINCTIVE LANDSCAPES PTY LTD MOBILE 0404 876 122 EMAIL distinctivelandscapes@rocketmail.com Photography by Peter Brennan


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ontemporary or traditional, small inner-city courtyard or large country estate, A Total Concept, a company specialising in landscape architecture and swimming pool design, can help with any design project anywhere in Australia. Thanks to Shaun Wright, senior designer at A Total Concept, this project, which involved a home extension and the creation of a series of outdoor rooms, delivered just what the homeowners wanted — and more. The house had no real connection to the rear garden and the slope of the site meant much of the space was unusable. “To better unify the home and garden, we extended the house with a kids’ rumpus room that opens up the back of the house. By doing this, and creating level external areas, we were able to encourage greater use of the outdoor areas,” says Shaun.

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To further open up the rear of the house, A Total Concept specified concertinaed doors and a large timber entertaining deck area. The deck was set at the same level as the house to create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. Half of the deck is undercover for wet-weather entertaining; the other half is shaded, as needed, with a large umbrella. A Total Concept also incorporated a swimming pool and poolside entertaining area into the design for the children plus a second entertaining area nearer the home for the adults, with generous stairs linking the two. The steeply sloping site meant the project could only be designed with a substantially elevated pool, in direct conflict with council planning codes. “We negotiated with council for more than a year to get the project approved in the form our clients desired rather than compromise on a design that would ultimately not work as well,” says Shaun.


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The surrounds of this beautiful contemporary swimming pool are paved in a quality travertine and the interior is clad in shimmering translucent deep-blue glass tiles. The pool has a deep middle and is shallow at both ends so the older children can play ball games. The easy flow of the design combines with a repeated palette of best-quality materials and harmonising colours to create a visually unified landscape, enhancing the family’s lifestyle. “All components of the design were further linked by our use of a similar planting theme throughout the garden,” adds Shaun. “We adopted an intentionally simple palette of red kangaroo paw, lilly pilly, Shore juniper, coastal rosemary, liriope, brown flax and agave.” The end result is an elegantly simple garden design with seamlessly

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connected outdoor spaces, a palette of lush plants and a look that will never date. The reimagined garden also adds immeasurable value to the property, giving the homeowners “a total concept” that not only suits their needs now, but will take them well into the future. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Landscape design A TOTAL CONCEPT 65 West Street, North Sydney NSW 2060 PHONE (02) 9957 5122 MOBILE 0407 245 201 EMAIL design@atotalconcept.com.au WEBSITE atotalconcept.com.au


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he owners of this stylish swimming pool, designed and built by Malibu Pools and Landscapes, wanted to recreate, in their own backyard, the resort experience they had enjoyed during a recent holiday. The calming Ocean Blue of the ceramic waterline tile, the polished pebble and quartz pool interior, along with the Drifting Sands sandstone coping all work in harmony to give the poolscape a resort vibe that perfectly complements the classic double-storey weatherboard home. Embracing the pool on one side is an eye-catching feature wall boasting two natural Almond stack-stone panels. These act as the backdrop for sheer-descent water features that send water cascading down the wall and into the pool. The pool and pool terrace are linked seamlessly to the house by a formal sandstone staircase, ensuring the two areas fuse seamlessly.

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Malibu Pools ensures construction quality as well as operating and energy efficiency when building its pools. In this instance, the lighting, heaters, bubblers, water features and therapy jets are all operated by solar power, which is harvested from the solar panels on the roof of the house. Bringing further energy efficiencies, the pool and gardens are illuminated by low-energy-use, colourchanging LED lights that set the scene for year-round night-time outdoor entertaining. For ease of use, all pool cleaning and operating systems are controlled by state-of-the-art remotecontrolled energy-saving systems. Malibu Pools also used the latest in fresh-water pool sanitisation equipment, ensuring a chemical-free experience. The result is an easy to maintain, energy-efficient, wellconstructed pool that gives the owners the luxurious resort experience they sought.


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Established more than 35 years ago, Malibu Pools is now widely recognised as one of the leading pool design and construction companies in Australia. At the helm is managing architect Sean Lynch, whose background in environmental architecture and landscape design brings a unique perspective to both the design and construction process. A member of SPASA, Master Builders and HIA, Malibu Pools has won multiple awards for design and construction. By using only experienced in-house trade staff, the company guarantees

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a professional service and lasting quality. The company services south-east Queensland, from Noosa to the Gold Coast. ODL

PROJECT DETAILS Pool design and construction MALIBU POOLS AND LANDSCAPES 6 Billan Street, Carina Qld 4152 PHONE (07) 3161 8724 MOBILE 0414 622 085 (Sean Lynch) EMAIL sean@malibupools.com.au WEBSITE malibupools.com.au


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A wood-burning metal fire pit is a popular choice. Photo courtesy of Utopia Landscape Design.

Just add heat Invest in outdoor heating and you can enjoy relaxed alfresco living, whatever the season Words: Carrol Baker hen the chill of winter arrives, many people pack up their outdoor entertaining areas and head indoors. But with the growing number of new modern heaters as well as time-honoured outdoor heating alternatives, you can stay snug and enjoy extended months of outdoor living. After all, there’s nothing quite like the inviting warmth of an outdoor fireplace or heater to set the mood in your outdoor space. Whether you enjoy snuggling by a romantic fire, sharing conversation with friends by a fire pit, or elegant entertaining with an ecosmart ethanol fireplace, there’s definitely something to keep you cosy in winter.

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ELECTRIC DREAMS With a contemporary electric heater or fireplace, you and your guests will stay toasty warm in style. Electric heaters are available in a diverse range of colours, styles, temperature outputs, and flexible fitting options. Choose from modern bar heaters, slimline electric radiant, or panels for larger areas. Slimline electric heaters, such as Thermofilm Australia’s Heatstrip range, are very unobtrusive; they’ll blend with any decor. If you like the idea of a fireplace without the hassle of cleaning up, some electric models replicate flickering firelight. As electric heaters are connected to electricity, you won’t run out of fuel half way through a dinner party either. Recess your heater into a wall, or go

portable so you can move it as needed. Strip and bar heaters are fabulous for smaller spaces as they don’t take up valuable floor space. They can be mounted flush with the ceiling, or angled on a wall to create a warm inviting space around a day bed or dining area. Some electric heaters are also waterproof — very handy on a rainy evening!

WONDER OF WOOD Wood fires are a popular outdoor heating option because they create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Watching the slow dance of flames and listening to the crackle of a wood fire is mesmerising. There are two basic types of wood fires: traditional open fires (with a screen for added safety) or a slow-combustion wood fire. Some modern wood fires also have the added benefit of doubling as a barbecue or pizza oven. While you’re enjoying the cosy warmth of the fire, you can impress your friends with a gourmet pizza or a warming winter casserole. Your wood-burning fireplace can be a stand-alone feature in your entertaining spaces, or recessed into walls for a fresh modern look. With a wood fireplace you also need to ensure there is sufficient space and ventilation, allowing for a flue and somewhere to store timber for the fire.

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of years, or the gas-fuelled fireplace, which replicates the look of a wood-burning fire. The classic gas patio heater has a sleek silhouette and is typically available in a metal or powdercoated finish. They have safety tip-over switches, adjustable heat output, and some have optional extras such as an attachable table which is handy for resting drinks on when entertaining. Gas fireplaces have a clean modern look and are easy to install. The Escea outdoor gas fireplace range, for example, can be installed into a wall or masonry cavity with ease and comes with a choice of fascias and fuel beds so you can tailor the look to suit your outdoor decor. No flue is needed. Most gas fireplaces have replica logs within the firebox so they give the look of a traditional wood-burning fireplace, although some models feature white stones or coloured crystals.

CHARM OFFENSIVE Relaxing with a glass of wine and warming your toes by a chiminea is a great way to unwind after a busy week. Chimineas are usually forged form clay or cast iron and offer a simple charm to outdoor areas. There are many styles, but most are curved, compact and robust, with a multitude of patterns and designs to match your decor. Chimineas are, however, extremely hot to touch so care must be taken when children are in close proximity. Contemporary fire pits, such as the offerings from Entanglements and Think Outside, are a clever, modern twist to the traditional urnshaped brazier. The modern fire pit is made of steel and curved into a wide-mouthed bowl shape. On chilly winter nights, a fire pit will become the hub of your entertaining space as friends gather round and relax by the fire. Fire pits can be fuelled by wood, ethanol or gas and some come with meshed covers offering safety from floating fiery embers, a good idea if you have young children. Some have foldaway legs for easy storage during the warmer

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months. They are also portable so you can shift them around to suit the occasion — next to the couch if you are planning an intimate dinner for two, or out in the open for a winter party.

ECO-CHIC ETHANOL Ethonal-fuelled fires are a relatively new concept and make for a beautiful and dramatic feature in any outdoor space as the flames spiral and swirl as they would with a wood-burning fireplace. Burners are available in a choice of vessels, from tabletop models to stand-alone fireplaces. For the eco-savvy, ethanol is a renewable energy source and produces a clean-burning flame. Ethanol fires don’t have flues or utility connections, which means they’re portable and can be used in a wide variety of outdoor and indoor environments. You can also get a little creative and have them custom-built into furniture, such as in the centre of an outdoor dining table to keep diners warm and add some ambience. Ethanol burners are ideal for balconies, pool decks, courtyards or outdoor rooms.

The Urth ethanol-fuelled fire bowl from Brown Jordan Fires boasts an appealing rounded shape.

If you don’t like the mess of wood, then an in-built gas fireplace is ideal. It will deliver a realistic-looking natural flame and you can choose from various fuel beds, such as ceramic garden stones, rocks, coals, reflective crystals or logs. Gas fireplaces are usually made of stainless steel, don’t require venting, and most models can run on natural gas or propane. Electronic ignition is common and temperedglass wind shields are an option. Gas-powered outdoor column heaters are another appealing option because they take up so little space. Standard models have adjustable heat output and a flame safeguard system for safety. The traditional patio heater is another popular gas-fuelled choice. They do need to be kept out of the wind to do their job well, but they have plenty of advantages: they are stable, easy to move, and many come with optional extras such as lighting.

SAFETY FIRST When using any heat source, always read and follow the attached safety instructions and if you are unsure, check with the manufacturer. Always service your outdoor heating equipment before use in the cooler months. Safety is important, especially if you have small children, and you’ll need to consider this when choosing an outdoor heating solution. Always ensure there is adequate ventilation with gas heaters and that the gas is stored appropriately. With wood fireplaces and fire pits never use petrol, kerosene or oil to start a fire. Always extinguish a fire, never leave it unattended, and have safety barriers in place. ODL


Elegance Introducing

After many years of developing, researching and working in partnership with coating technology experts, Thermofilm, a world leader in electric heaters, has utilised a unique composition to produce the new generation in outdoor heaters. Heatstrip Elegance comes in an ‘off white’ colour which blends in seamlessly with most white ceilings in alfresco areas. This innovative, world first heater comes in 2 easy DIY models (1800W or 2400W) or a hard wired 3600W version. For more information go to www.heatstrip.com.au

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...For 75% LESS vs cost of bottled gas. Heatstrip® by Thermofilm is the cost effective electric radiant heater that unites efficiency with style. Ideal for your alfresco and outdoor entertaining area, pergola, patio, balcony. Even your garage, shed or hard-to-heat indoor space. Heatstrip runs at a quarter of the cost of bottled gas, is more efficient over a larger area and won’t corrode. It’s easy to install and operate, an optional controller adjusts the timer and warmth levels. For more information go to www.heatstrip.com.au

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compact unit while maintaining maximum efficiency. Using the latest material coating and heating element technology, Thermofilm, a world leader in electric heaters, recently introduced the first off-white outdoor heater. The new HEATSTRIP® Elegance series blends seamlessly with most white ceilings (whether it’s a patio, verandah or outdoor room) and is available in three different sizes: 1800W, 2400W and 3600W. The shorter, more compact design, which means less surface area compared to other products on the market, will transform any area into a stylish and sophisticated space, providing more effective heating and a comfortable outdoor living experience. Designed, engineered and assembled in Australia, the HEATSTRIP® range is built from corrosion-resistant alloy and is suitable for use in most applications, including harsh environments such as coastal areas, outdoor kitchens and around saltwater swimming pools. You can also

rest assured knowing that all HEATSTRIP® heaters come with a two-year full-replacement warranty for residential applications. With several mounting options available, the HEATSTRIP® range can be tailored to your individual space. The standard bracket will allow both ceiling and wall mounting at various angles, as well as suspension by chains, wires and metal rods for use with higher ceilings. Optional twin-mount and end-to-end brackets are also available. In addition to trade outlets, HEATSTRIP® heaters are available nationally at Bunnings, as well as specialty outdoor living, electrical and heating stores. ODL

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G o w i t h the g low Choose your outdoor lighting wisely and you can fashion the picture-perfect nightscape Words: Carrol Baker utdoor lighting can bring with it beauty, warmth and ambience, and illuminate areas for safety. Award-winning garden designer Myles Baldwin says outdoor lighting is a definite value-add. “In real estate it’s a massive advantage when selling a home to have outdoor lighting in your landscape design,” he says. In fact, Myles says outdoor lighting really is essential to showcase your garden and surrounds — and every home should have it. “There isn’t a single garden that I’ve designed in the last 10 years that hasn’t had garden lighting,” he says. “These days your house can start at the front gate — you can feel like you’re home when you approach your house, not only when you enter it,” he adds. And of course one way to definitely give your house a warm and welcoming appearance at night is with outdoor lighting. Nathan Bisshop from Outdoor Secrets agrees, adding that lighting also allows you to appreciate the beauty of your outdoor landscape when darkness falls. “By lighting it up, at night you can enjoy the view of your garden from inside the house, so you are really doubling your initial landscaping investment,” he says.

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FORM AND FUNCTION Different types of lighting in the garden or an outdoor entertaining space serve different purposes. Ambient lighting dictates the overall mood of the space and can set the scene for a social gathering, be it a casual business dinner at home or an intimate get-together. In this instance, the lighting will be soft and subtle. Task lighting shines the light on specific things you might need to accomplish at night. Perhaps you need to light up an outdoor barbecue food preparation and cooking area? This may take the form of a pendant light shining directly onto a bench, ceiling lights or angled wall lights.

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Accent lighting is designed to highlight outdoor focal points or architectural elements outside the home. For example, a stunning textural wall or water feature uplit by an accent LED light can add a sense of drama, depth or beauty at night. Where there are changes in levels or steps, lighting is also needed for safety. And according to Myles, you don’t need hot spotlights to guide the way. “Under an arbour, lighting can give you a hint of the right direction to go in — pools of light take you from one point to another, creating a beautiful effect,” he says.

SHINE YOUR LIGHT Contemporary outdoor lighting is made up of many different kinds of lighting fixtures and fittings, including bollards, uplights, downlights, wall and pendant lights, spike lights, in-ground lights, pond lights, strip lighting and lightboxes. Modern light fittings come in an array of beautiful finishes — copper, bronze, nickel plate or stainless steel — so they can be on show. According to Myles, many outdoor light fittings are so striking they become part of the architecture of the garden design. “It’s certainly an exciting thing in landscape design; outdoor lighting can look pretty groovy,” he says. And there’s even more good news. Newgeneration lighting won’t break the bank, with cost-saving options like LED. They’re cheaper to run than their predecessors and the bulbs last longer. Energy-savvy solar is another way to light up your garden at night. Solar harnesses the power of the sun; energy is stored and when darkness falls it is released, giving walkways or garden features a soft glow.

CAUSE AND EFFECT The key to understanding outdoor lighting and what you can achieve is knowing that different types of lights can create different effects. According to Myles some are subtle, such as the winking of pretty soft lights

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around an alfresco dining table. Others can be more pronounced, like lighting a steep stairwell for safety. “We’ve learnt a lot over the years about what outside lighting can create,” explains Myles. “For example, in lighting up trees you can bounce light up the trunk and into the foliage to create light patterns in the trees. You can also play around with the depth and width of apertures with some lighting products.” Nathan adds that many outdoor lights can also be controlled by motion sensors and timers, making them easier to use and more responsive to your needs. “You can fit outdoor lights to timers and add sensors to give you more control over how and when you illuminate specific areas,” he points out.

DOING IT PROPERLY Lighting can add a touch of magic to your outdoor landscape, but it needs to be done with care. Too many lit-up focal points will compete with each other, like spotlights

DIRECT AND INDIRECT Lighting can be divided into two basic categories: direct and indirect. The latter is usually defined as light that is bounced off a surface such as a wall. In an outdoor room, the lighting is often a mixture of the two. Light can be bounced off most surfaces to make it indirect, taking into account that the paler the surface, the more light it will reflect. Direct light needs to be very carefully positioned and the fitting must have good glare control, typically achieved by a shield or a louvre in the front. Often features such as statues and columns are lit directly. The fittings in these cases need to be located so that they illuminate the subject but shine away from the viewing position.

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criss-crossing at a sporting function or concert. Choose only a few specific features you’d really like to highlight. When adding lighting you don’t want to detract from something else, says Myles. “For example, if you live in a city, don’t put lighting in the foreground — there is beauty in looking at a cityscape at night.” By drawing a diagram of your outdoor spaces, indicating where there are pathways, plants, focal points such as water features, entryways like garden archways, and areas like barbecues, you can start to plan where lighting should go. Nathan says putting yourself in the hands of experts can help to guide you in the right direction. “A lighting plan can be daunting so talking to a landscape designer. lighting designer or a lighting supplier can assist you. They can help to tweak and fine-tune your selection by giving you options you might not have thought of,” he says.

THE PRACTICALITIES The position and angling of the lights is also significant for personal comfort. “You don’t want step lighting angled up so the light shines directly in your eyes, blinding you,” adds Nathan. And remember, outdoor lights that shine into your neighbour’s yard or windows can also be annoying. Outdoor lighting will be exposed to the elements and for this reason Nathan says choosing quality products is a must. Look for an IP rating (class of weatherproofing) that determines the light fitting is suitable for the desired location, he says. “And if you are considering stainless steel, always choose marine grade.” As for installation, with fixed outdoor lighting you need the professionals — this is not a DIY proposition. Clearly, things have come a long way from the days when garden lighting consisted of a spotlight or two, or a bright motion sensor

Uplights, as the name suggests, shine up. They are perfect for illuminating trees, shrubs and larger garden features such as sculpture. Downlighting is generally used for task lighting and the lights are aimed downwards from above. These are commonly used in entertaining areas, such as over the barbecue or dining table. They are also great for illuminating smaller plants or flowerbeds and feature pots. Spotlights target a certain area and work well to highlight garden features such as trees, statues or waterfalls and are especially effective when directed from the ground up. Bollard lights are upright groundmounted lights that usually provide light from the top of short, thick poles. Known for their clean modern style, bollards are great for lighting garden paths and driveways.

light to keep away unwanted visitors. Now you can use lighting in its myriad forms to set the right mood for evening entertaining, or highlight features that can be appreciated from a variety of vantage points at night, including from inside your home. ODL

TOP LEFT Strip lighting under the seat and deck enhances this design by BLAC’s Peta Donaldson. BELOW Thanks to lighting, the arbour in this Focal Point Garden Design garden is a design focal point.


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ighting has become an essential part of any quality landscape — not just an afterthought once the project has been completed. Established in 1989, Gardens at Night specialises in the design of premium lighting systems and the manufacture of specialised lighting products for the outdoor environment. Designing and supplying projects all over Australia, ranging from inner-city courtyards to suburban homes and vast country landscapes, Gardens at Night can help you enhance and reveal the beauty of your garden in the way that only landscape lighting can. To guarantee superior outcomes every time, meet the highest demands for product excellence and architectural design, and provide the latest finishes, Gardens at Night manufactures its own range of quality products, specifically suited to the Australian outdoors. Using only the highest-quality Cree LED and electronics and the highest-quality anti-corrosion construction materials (such as brass, copper and stainless steel), and with a range of architectural finishes to suit any home, Gardens at Night’s lighting products and systems will give you peace of mind for years to come. “We aim to provide a quality, value-for-money product and the best service possible for the discerning homeowner, architect or contractor looking for a quality finishing touch for their home or landscape project,” says Blair Thomson, managing director of Gardens at Night. “Rebuilding

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our business from the ground up over the last four years has been the best thing we’ve ever done. We are now vertically integrated from product concept design and electronic and product engineering through to manufacturing and sales, providing the highest quality and value to our clients Australia-wide.” Gardens at Night’s expert staff can offer advice on design and fitting selection, and answer any technical questions, so clients have all the information they require to install their landscape lighting. Gardens at Night also has conveniently located offices in Melbourne and Sydney and a local and interstate shipping network that enables the company to deliver anywhere in Australia. If you are an architect, landscape designer, contractor or homeowner looking for quality outdoor lighting products to add the finishing touch to your project, Gardens at Night has the expertise you need. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION GARDENS AT NIGHT Sydney office: PHONE (02) 9439 9155 Melbourne office: PHONE (03) 9824 4937 WEBSITE gan.com.au


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sculpture can be a delightful surprise, tucked into a corner of the garden like a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Or it can unashamedly be the main event. If it’s the former, there’s a certain pleasure in wandering through a space and “chancing” upon a sculpture. If it’s the latter, sculpture is the ideal way to create a dramatic focal point in a landscaped family garden or an urban courtyard. Victorian sculptor Matt Hill designs and fabricates striking metal cubes and spheres that can be the star of the show in your garden or a subtle enhancement. Of contemporary design, Matt’s distinctive modern sculptures all include lighting, ensuring they bring pleasure both night and day. “The play of shadows and the casting of light patterns are integral to my sculptures,” says Matt. “My goal isn’t just to offer something no-one else does; it’s to create something that is aesthetically appealing during the day and even more so once night falls.” Matt Hill Projects, the company Matt formed two years ago, is a one-man show. Matt designs and makes every piece and that includes custom orders which can be produced in any shape or

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size. He also fabricates stunning metal fire pit structures, which add a further sculptural element to a garden. In the relatively short time he has been sculpting, Matt has had amazing success, critically and commercially. “The first sculpture I made won a Small Sculpture Award at the Albert Park Art Exhibition in Victoria. The following year I was asked to be the feature artist for Sculpture at Mt Eliza in Victoria,” says Matt. Last year, word of his stunning artworks reached Japan, with a hotel commissioning eight sculptures. At present he is working on another commission for a major Japanese client. While Matt is happy to undertake international assignments, his main client base is in Australia and he can arrange distribution anywhere in the country. If you are based in Victoria, however, Matt will deliver and install the work himself. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION MATT HILL PROJECTS MOBILE 0406 656 387 EMAIL info@matthillprojects.com WEBSITE matthillprojects.com


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aser-cut outdoor metal art adds warmth and textural beauty to any exterior space. And if you are seeking a focal point to enhance an outdoor design, a beautifully crafted metal wall plaque, light box, sculpture or planter is a stunning addition. An undeniable leader in the metal art and decor field is the multiaward-winning studio Entanglements. All pieces are designed in the Melbourne studio and the extensive range includes metal outdoor wall art, free-standing sculptures, light boxes, seating, decorative screens, privacy partitions, letter boxes, screen doors, planter boxes, garden edging, pergolas, patio heating and fire pits. You can choose from Entanglements’ off-the-shelf collections or commission a custom-made piece — and the choice of styles is just as diverse as the range of products. Design themes range from contemporary, coastal and resort living to Moroccan, geometric and industrial. To make the selection and buying process even easier, the company recently launched an online store. Entanglements’ wall art collection is one of its most popular. Adding to the ambience, the wall art is normally backlit by LED strip lighting to enhance the mood of your garden after dark. The company’s decorative screens are equally in demand and can be used to provide a privacy partition or mask an unsightly area.

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Committed to innovation, Entanglements regularly releases new products and one of the latest is a collection of eye-catching, design-inspired laser-cut screen doors. These can be customised to suit your size requirements or to complement an existing decorating theme or colour scheme. While Entanglements’ stock range is extensive, its ability to customise pieces is one of the things that set the company apart. Designs can be tweaked to suit your needs and Entanglements regularly works alongside architects and landscape designers looking for tailor-made screening and decor solutions. However, customising is not limited to size, installation design, materials and colour finishes. If you need a decoration and style consultation to create a special one-off piece, you can arrange to discuss your requirements with Entanglements’ in-house designer. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION ENTANGLEMENTS 342 Jasper Road, Ormond Vic 3204 PHONE (03) 9576 9600 EMAIL sales@entanglements.com.au WEBSITE entanglements.com.au


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DISTRIBUTORS AUSTRALIA WIDE Here’s an easy way to make a statement in your landscaped garden or outdoor living space. Architects, Interior Designers, Landscapers, Retail & Domestic Home Owners turn to Entanglements, where professional metal art is designed, manufactured and delivered from our Melbourne studio showroom. Incorporate our fire burners & backlit lighting for night time entertaining. Choose from our existing ranges or send us your image and let our expert designers and Metal Workers help you create your vision. We operate Australia wide and can ship around the world.


Sleek meets unique No matter what the size of your living space, express yourself with one-of-a-kind art

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hink Outside’s remarkable sculptures have graced countless Australian homes and gardens over the years. Whether it’s a multi-million-dollar property, an apartment balcony, a townhouse courtyard or nanna’s backyard, Think Outside has original designs and signature pieces for a perfect match. In recent years, there has been a shift towards high- and mediumdensity housing driven by empty-nesters downsizing, first-home buyers getting into the market, and Australia’s new love for apartment living. The space restrictions that come with this style of living haven’t diminished the need for sculptural pieces. Rather, the demand for unique decor that fulfils both an artistic and practical function has increased. Think Outside’s new set of three creative planter pots combine art and functionality. The pots, which come in either round or square styles, are made from upcycled 44-gallon drums. At home on a balcony or patio, the pots can be left outside, no matter what the weather, to create a colourful, growing piece of art — just add succulents, herbs, topiary or any plant of your choice.Then there is the hanging Hot Air Balloon that can be used as a planter or a bird feeder and Think Outside’s newest addition to the EE-IEE-I-O collection, Rock Around the Clock. This handcrafted outdoor wall clock will keep even the most time-poor householder on track. Think Outside’s My Piece of Africa collection has its roots in the culture of Africa but, over time, has come to include Australian wildlife and cast-iron bowls. Recent additions include hanging butterfly spheres that can accommodate either a candle or an optional electric light fitting, and butterfly and dragonfly wall panels that can be used as single panels or combined to create an amazing feature display on a large wall.

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With so much sameness in the world, it is important to express your own personality when decorating an outdoor or indoor space. Although the iconic quarter-acre block is fast becoming a rarity, the opportunity to express your personality is not. Think Outside not only provides that opportunity, it ensures sustainability and quality through the use of upcyled 44-gallon drums and handmade craftsmanship. Known for their distinctive approach, Aaron Jackson and the team at Think Outside remain dedicated to bringing colour and quirkiness into people’s lives, as well as the creation of decor that is sleek and unique, making it possible to transform any space, big or small. Think Outside products are sold in garden and gift retailers across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the United States. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION THINK OUTSIDE PHONE (02) 8824 4488 EMAIL sales@thinkoutside.biz WEBSITE thinkoutside.biz KEY STOCKISTS NSW: FOUR SEASONS NURSERY, Belrose, PHONE (02) 9450 1606 QLD: ANNERLEY GLASSWORX, Annerley, PHONE (07) 3892 5352 VIC: AUSSIE HEATWAVE OUTDOOR FIREPLACES, Oakleigh, PHONE (03) 9569 1003 SA: CLASSIC TIMBER FURNITURE, Keswick, PHONE (08) 8293 8966 WA: GUILDFORD GARDEN CENTRE, Guildford, PHONE (08) 9279 8645 NT: A HOME LIKE ALICE, Alice Springs, PHONE (08) 8953 4666 Photography by James Domingo


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The finishing touch Transform your outdoor space with designer laser-cut metal screens, fire pits and wall art

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oday we regard our gardens as outdoor rooms and take the same care when decorating them as we would any interior living space. Privacy is just as important, which is why laser-cut metal screening is playing an increasingly important role in garden design. Tombo Design specialises in the design and manufacture of architectural and decorative metal privacy screens. These stunning laser-cut screens are available in a wide range of finishes, including powdercoated, natural rust and polished, and an array of distinctive designs. If you require something unique, however, Tombo Design can produce made-to-order pieces for residential landscapes or commercial projects. In addition to its screen range, the company produces metal wall art, garden decor, fire pits, light boxes, illuminated bollards, architectural cladding as well as gates and fences. By having access to such a broad array of outdoor products, which can be made in the design and with the finish of your choosing, creating a coordinated look throughout your garden is easy. Tombo Design has a number of different decor designs which suit a wide variety of outdoor settings. Or, if you prefer, bring along your own artwork and Tombo Design can adapt it to suit your needs. The Tombo Design team has more than 30 years’ experience in metal work and finishing so you can be assured of first-class

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quality, and the highly skilled in-house designer is at the ready should clients require a custom-made piece or design advice. Decorative screens and all other items of outdoor decor, each of which is locally designed and made in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, are available Australia-wide. Tombo Design’s products are the perfect complement to any residential project, but they are just as well suited to public venues and businesses. Over the years, pieces have been installed in council parks and facilities, display centres and commercial locations. To ensure the right solution for each situation, Tombo Design staff work closely with architects, designers, artists, landscapers, councils, builders and homeowners. Committed to meeting the needs of its clients, Tombo Design is constantly adding new designer pieces to its already impressive product range. To keep abreast of new lines or to find your local stockist, visit the Tombo Design website. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION TOMBO DESIGN 2/8 Johnston Court, Dandenong South Vic 3175 PHONE (03) 9793 5500 EMAIL sales@tombodesign.com.au WEBSITE tombodesign.com.au


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The wonder of water Big or small, subtle or dramatic … with the right water feature you can make a design statement

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water feature can be used to provide a focal point in a garden or subtly enhance the overall ambience. If you’re considering introducing a water feature into your garden, it’s important that you select one that will work with the existing landscape. To ensure any water feature is properly integrated into your garden, you need to get the proportions correct. If it’s too big for the space it will be overpowering; too small and it will be underwhelming. There really is a lot to consider, which is why you need a water feature specialist. Water Features Direct has been supplying water features Australia-wide for more than 10 years. The range is extensive and includes water walls, tower water features as well as architectural bowl and pot fountains. While integration within the overall composition of the garden is the goal, a water feature should be the hero of a garden space, drawing the eye. This is why placement is so important, as is the careful selection of materials and finishes. Water Features Direct’s products are available in a plethora of different materials, including natural stone, reconstituted stone, resin, GRC, copper and terrazzo, in a diverse array of designs and colours. Many are handcrafted, making it possible to customise a water feature

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to suit your specific needs. You can also coordinate your new water wall or fountain with one of Water Features Direct’s stylish pots or pieces of garden art. The range of garden decor is diverse and includes copper Grape Vine wall sculptures, which can be made to any size, and Gentong pots and planters, which are hand-made from reconstituted stone. Not only does Water Features Direct offer design expertise and a stunning array of water features, the company supplies everything needed to install a water feature, whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or a landscaper. Staff can also provide advice on filtration systems, cleaning products and water plants. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION WATER FEATURES DIRECT Melbourne outlet: 195-197 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill Vic 3068 PHONE (03) 9486 8323 EMAIL info@waterfeaturesdirect.com.au WEBSITE waterfeaturesdirect.com.au DESIGNER WATER FEATURES Sydney outlet: Unit 4 181-187 Tarren Point Road, Caringbah NSW 2227 WEBSITE designerwaterfeatures.com.au Photography by Patrick Redmond


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Stunning and Unique Having dared to be unique, the owners of these stunning water features share their experiences

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water feature can be used to provide a focal point in a garden, subtly enhance the overall ambience of an outdoor space, or introduce a sense of drama. Of course, choosing the right feature is essential. Here, happy Sydney property owners talk about how S’Wonderful ceramic pot water features have transformed their gardens and businesses, and how easy they found the selection and installation processes. Kris and David, owners of the water feature pictured above, have homes in Darling Point and Noosa, Queensland. “We’ve had the pleasure of working with Angeline Goh at S’Wonderful on water features for two of our homes,” they say. “We were originally attracted to the array of products in the shop and loved all of the colours, shapes and sizes. After chatting with Angeline we knew we had to have one of her amazing water features in our Sydney home. She was extremely helpful and informative, going out of her

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way to ensure installation went smoothly, and she has been most supportive with all our maintenance requirements and answering any questions after the fact. We loved the S’Wonderful water feature in our Sydney home, so much so that we bought another for our new home on the Sunshine Coast.” Commenting on the water feature shown above, Grant and Janet of Leichhardt, say: “From the time we stepped into the shop, Angeline at S’Wonderful was nothing but a pleasure to deal with. Her insights into what type of water feature would suit our backyard renovation and her suggestions about final placement to maximise its appearance were a great help. When it came time for the water feature to be installed, the S’Wonderful team provided our landscapers with all the support they needed to ensure everything went smoothly. Our fantastic water feature continues to draw admiring comments from visitors. We highly recommend S’Wonderful.”


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The water feature, shown at the top of this page, graces a garden, also in Leichhardt. Co-homeowner Terry says: “Andrew and I have busy work days so to come home and relax to the bubbling sound of cascading water is such a tonic. The staff at S’Wonderful listen, and I mean listen to what you’re asking. They suggest ideas and Photoshop the water feature into a photo of your garden. Seeing the water feature in your location takes away the guesswork. Before the water feature was installed we stood in the kitchen to chat with friends on a sunny day. Now we chat in the courtyard and enjoy the resort feeling created by the water feature. Sheer bliss!” “We wanted something different and unique for the water feature and centrepiece of our pool so I knew the only place to go was S’Wonderful,” says Gina of Claremont Meadows, owner of the water feature shown above. “Angeline and her team create some of the most wonderful and colourful water features that I have ever seen. We love our pool water feature so much that we got a second one for the front

garden. I marvel at our pool daily as I look out the window and I know that I have something truly ‘S’Wonderful’.” Frances Keevil, director of the Frances Keevil Gallery in Double Bay, is the happy owner of the water feature, pictured above. “Ten years ago I purchased some magnificent pots from S’Wonderful, which they made into water features, and it was a very enjoyable experience. Subsequent dealings for pot and pump maintenance have been efficient and professional. You always get service with a smile and I cannot recommend them highly enough,” she says. To find out more, give Angeline Goh at S’Wonderful a call, Tuesday through Saturday. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION S’WONDERFUL 114 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown NSW 2050 PHONE (02) 9519 3111 WEBSITE swonderful.com.au

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H e a d fo r c ove r To get the most from an outdoor living space, you need a shade solution that’s flexible

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or maximum use of your alfresco living area, you need an effective form of climate control — and specialist advice. Shadeform Sails specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of modern high-quality shade sails, blinds and retractable sails and awnings. For the ultimate in versatility, Shadeform has perfected its hugely popular Shaderunner retractable shade system. Drawing on its owner’s background in sail making for the yachting industry, Shadeform created a sturdy and stylish system with an attractive nautical appearance. The Shaderunner utilises Ronstan ball-bearing sailing pulleys, is supported by stainless-steel wires for strength and longevity, and its design ensures maximum flexibility. With today’s high energy costs and the required six-star efficiency rating for all new homes, the Shaderunner is a costeffective way to help achieve energy efficiency and provide thermal comfort to your outdoor setting. The Shaderunner provides retractable shade to reduce the need for summer cooling and still allow sunlight when required to maximise winter solar gains. A simple but very effective retractable shade system, perfect for the home outdoor entertaining area, the Shaderunner allows the user to control the degree of shade it provides. You have the choice to fully extend, partly extend or neatly fold away the canopy. There is a choice of either a 95 per cent polyester-mesh fabric or fully waterproof PVC fabric, both of which offer protection from glare and the sun’s harmful rays. The fabrics are also mould- and mildew-resistant and fire-retardant. Available in a manual or motorised version, the Shaderunner can fit within or under existing pergola structures. If starting without support structures, or if you need to span long distances, posts can be installed specifically to support the system.

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With distributors in all states, Shadeform can arrange full installation of the Shaderunner or it can supply the system in package form if you would like to install it yourself. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION SHADEFORM SAILS PHONE (08) 8354 2116 EMAIL enquiries@shadeformsails.com.au WEBSITE shadeformsails.com.au


Custom creations When you want to shelter an outdoor space from the sun or rain, you need a tailored solution

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f you want an outdoor living space you can use year-round, you need the experts from Outrigger Awnings & Sails. Outrigger specialises in the creation of custom-designed shade and rainproof fabric structures for domestic and commercial applications. Designs include retracting, batten and cantilevered awnings, awnings for carports and pergolas, as well as sails and outdoor blinds. Designed for strength and longevity, Outrigger awnings are the ideal choice when you want year-round coverage in a high-wind area. Outrigger retracting awnings can withstand winds up to 80-100km/h, depending on the design, while the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fixed awnings are rated for winds up to 140km/h. All awnings are custom designed and engineered by company owner Andrew Perry and fabricated in the Outrigger factory in Sydney, so you can be assured each product will be specifically tailored to your site and your preferred design. In addition, all awnings are made using the highest-quality fabric and fittings so will last 18-25 years. Outrigger retracting awnings, like the stylish examples shown here, are a popular choice as they offer aesthetics, strength and flexibility. They have an exceptionally robust design, which means they can be left

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out in reasonably high wind and heavy rain. The sleek, modern look will complement any architectural design and they can be extended or retracted with absolute ease. Installation can be arranged within a 200km radius of Sydney (by Outrigger employees, not subcontractors) and a free quotation and design service is available for clients anywhere in Australia, or the world. You just need to supply photos, sketches or drawings of the area to be covered and the design process will be conducted by phone, fax or email, after which you will receive a written quotation and a drawing. Outrigger Awnings & Sails has designed and installed close to 3000 awnings over the past 12 years, so contact the experts today to create the perfect shade or rain solution for you. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION OUTRIGGER AWNINGS & SAILS PHONE (02) 9905 8473 WEBSITE outriggerawnings.com.au Photography by Peter Brennan


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iptrak® blinds connect your indoor and outdoor environments, turning them into one harmonious space. If you want to extend your interior living space or you want to be able to entertain in comfort year-round, Ziptrak® is the answer. The Ziptrak® track-guided blind system provides protection from the elements by allowing you to easily control airflow, light and temperature. With Ziptrak® you can make the most of the outdoors while offering both yourself and your furniture some protection from wind, rain, dust, glare and insects. Ziptrak® is simple and safe to use. There are no chains, ropes or pullies, which means effortless operation, and thanks to the patented spring-balanced operating system, the blind easily glides up and down, stopping in any position. Ziptrak® is the premium brand in track-guided blind systems and Pinz is Australia’s largest, most experienced Ziptrak® manufacturer. Therefore it’s not just a matter of asking for the genuine Ziptrak® system — ask for Ziptrak® by Pinz. Pinz is a wholesale manufacturer of high-quality, highly customised outdoor and indoor blinds, awnings and shade products. The company stays at the leading edge of manufacturing through its focus on progressive technology and continuous improvement. It is this commitment to providing best-quality products and service that makes Pinz stand out from the crowd, and should make Pinz blinds your first choice. Proudly Australian, Pinz has more than 30 years’ manufacturing experience, a strong association with many leading brands, and a reputation for providing quality products that enhance the lives of Australian families. Contact Pinz today for your nearest retailer of Pinz products, including the Ziptrak® track-guided blind system. ODL

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Ke e p i n g u p a p p e a ra n c e s Preserve and enhance the natural beauty of timber with this advanced woodcare range

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ouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be hard-pressed to find a company in the coatings industry whose origins date back as far as Sikkens. Founded in the Netherlands in 1792, Sikkens enjoys a time-honoured reputation for industry leadership and superior quality in translucent wood-stain products. That tradition entered the Australian market in 1974 and continues today, with Sikkens a recognised leading provider of professional wood surface coatings. Over the years Sikkens has been the preferred choice of architects, builders, painters and DIY-ers seeking a superior finish. Its specially developed formulas provide the answer to the demand for a transparent, high-quality coating that will enhance the natural attractiveness of wood and provide the optimum level of protection in all situations. Sikkensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; innovative Woodcare range is one of the first to be microporous. This means the coatings allow the timber to breathe while repelling unwanted moisture, making them ideally suited to both interior and exterior timber. For decks, cladding, fences, outdoor furniture, windows and doors, choose from the Sikkens Exterior Woodcare range, which is designed to provide unrivalled looks, durability and performance on all types of exterior wood. Inside the home, the Sikkens Interior Woodcare range maximises the beauty of doors, window frames, parquetry flooring as well as wall and ceiling cladding with formulas that resist fading and are non-yellowing. As exposure to outdoor sunlight, indoor heating and cooling systems, not to mention knocks and spills, can affect the look of timber, applying a protective coating is important for long-lasting protection. A popular choice is Sikkens Cetol BLX-Pro, a quickdrying water-based timber finish that provides good durability and flexibility. Its water-based formula ensures minimal odour, making it ideal for indoor and exterior applications, and re-coating is possible within two hours. Its transparent finish accentuates the

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natural look and colour of the timber. Sikkens Cetol BLX-Pro comes in five ready-mixed shades: Pine, Light Oak, Dark Oak, Teak and Walnut. However, if you are unsure which colour would best suit your project, Sikkens is dedicated to making the process as simple as possible with its 100ml sample pots. Available in a variety of ready-mixed colours, they are the perfect way to test a colour so you can choose with confidence before completing a project. The use of timber often adds a touch of nature and brings warmth to interior and exterior projects. A properly maintained timber structure, be it a deck, built-in bench, batten-style screen or parquetry flooring, is an asset in more ways than one. Keep it looking good and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll reap the benefits longer. Not only that, when it comes time to sell your home, it will add immeasurably to your propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-sale value. With more than 200 years in the field, Sikkens is known for its longlasting, premium-quality products. If you want to maintain the natural colour and beauty of timber features in and around your home, provide a protective barrier from the effects of exposure to harsh UV light and ensure longevity, choose Sikkens. Sikkens is available through most specialist paint and hardware stores, including Bunnings, Masters, Mitre 10, Paint Place, 3D Inspiration Centres and Bristol Decorator Centres. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION SIKKENS PHONE 1300 SIKKENS (74 55 36) EMAIL sales@tenaru.com.au WEBSITE sikkens.com.au FACEBOOK facebook.com/sikkensaustralia INSTAGRAM instagram/sikkensaustralia

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Put safety first Low-maintenance wood-grain aluminium cladding will keep you safe and your home looking good

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hen building a house or renovating an outdoor area, the two things people generally consider are looks and cost. If they’re your top two, you’re missing something vastly more important: safety. In today’s world of Building Codes and Standards, we implicitly trust that the materials our builders use are up to scratch and that they won’t hurt us. Sadly, that is not always the case. Recently, a high-rise building in Melbourne’s Docklands caught fire when a lit cigarette was left on a wooden table in a sixth-floor apartment. Within minutes the building was wreathed in a pillar of flame 21 stories high. It caused more than $2 million worth of damage and displaced dozens of residents. How did such a small fire get out of control so fast? The answer: the sub-standard cladding material, imported from overseas, that covered the entire building. Fire isn’t the only danger that sub-standard materials can pose. Household pathogens like mould and mildew can cause long-term health problems. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reported that long-term exposure to mould can cause asthma-like symptoms, even in normally healthy people, and older individuals can develop serious, potentially life-threatening lung infections.

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With all these potential dangers, you need to make smart decisions with your building materials. This project, by Ryan Designer Homes on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, shows you don’t have to sacrifice looks for safety. Knotwood cladding was a perfect choice for this project. It’s made from aluminium so it can’t catch fire, and because it contains no biological material it cannot harbour dangerous moulds. It also looks like well-finished timber and (unlike timber) will stay that way for a lifetime, with next to no maintenance. With all of Knotwood’s products made right here in Australia, you can be assured of quality. The results speak for themselves. Knotwood also supplies a variety of other premium-quality timberlook aluminium products for use around the home, all backed by a 15-year warranty. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION KNOTWOOD PHONE 1300 KNOTWOOD EMAIL sales@knotwood.com.au WEBSITE knotwood.com.au Photography by Glenn Weiss

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The complete package Combined with quality design and construction, wood composite is the ideal decking solution

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any Australians want to extend their living spaces into their gardens and a deck is the perfect outdoor extension. A well-designed deck provides a place to relax, entertain and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle for which Australia is famed. What many people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find so appealing is the cost of and time involved in the six-monthly maintenance that goes with a timber deck. Another disappointment is how quickly a timber deck can age, often after only two to three years, which is why more and more Australians are choosing to build, or replace, their decks with wood composite. If you want to enhance your outdoor living experience with a new deck, Rubicab Projects offers the complete package. Not only does this eco-friendly company manufacture Eco Composite Wood, the experienced team can design and build your new deck, which is what they did for owners of the project showcased here. Rubicab Projects, a fully licensed building company, constructed the low-level deck in two stages. To begin with, they were called in to design and build a deck around the swimming pool, totally transforming what was once an expanse of uneven grass and dirt and creating a seamless connection with the home. The owners were so pleased with the result they asked for the deck to be extended to their

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living room area and bedroom, where it sits flush with the door sills. For the deck structure, Rubicab Projects used welded aluminium posts, bearers and joists because aluminium is durable, lightweight and non-corrosive. For the decking itself, Rubicab Projects used its third-generation Eco Composite Wood HF-06 boards in Coffee Brown. Eco Composite Wood boards have a slip rating of r10 and p3, making them perfect for use around pools. They are also maintenance-free and resistant to rust, rot and termites. The full range of Eco Composite Wood products, including decking, fencing and cladding, can be supplied in DIY kit form Australiawide or, if you live in south-east Queensland or northern New South Wales, Rubicab Projects can build your new deck, pergola or alfresco entertaining area for you. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION RUBICAB PROJECTS 33 Greg Chappell Drive, Burleigh Heads Qld 4220 PHONE (07) 5522 0308 EMAIL sales@rubicab.com.au WEBSITE rubicab.com.au Photography by Glenn Weiss


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T i c k i n g t h e b oxe s Quality concrete paving, coping and walling products combine strength and beauty

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he modern Australian family spends a lot of time by the swimming pool or in the garden so it makes sense to choose paving and walling products that can stand up to the wear and tear of daily use. Good looks are, of course, important, but durability, strength and ease of maintenance are essential. Ticking all the right boxes, Customstone SA produces a high-quality range of contemporary concrete paving and coping products with complementary walling. Each product is hard-wearing, of consistent size, thickness and finish, and comes in a variety of colours and finishes. For safety in the garden or around pools, spas and water features, the pavers have slip-resistant surfaces, and if you live in a coastal area or have a saltwater pool, you can take comfort in knowing that the pavers are salt-resistant too. For design flexibility, Customstone SA’s large-format pavers are available in five sizes (400mm × 400mm, 450mm × 450mm, 500mm × 500mm, 600mm × 300mm and 600mm × 600mm). These can be teamed with the driveway pavers (300mm × 300mm and 400mm × 400mm), coping (400mm × 400mm, 500mm × 500mm, 500mm × 350mm with corners to match) and the mortared walling (500mm × 250mm × 200mm). Straight pool coping (800mm × 400mm) and some radius coping are also available. By using Customstone SA’s large-format pavers, you can make a small outdoor space appear larger. This is because of the reduced number of

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join lines, which ensures a clean, uncluttered look. Replacing sections of lawn with easy-care paving can also help reduce your water use and time spent on garden maintenance. Whether you’re planning a contemporary or classic outdoor project, there are many colours and finishes to choose from so you can be assured of finding something of a complementary tone and texture. For paving and coping, you also have a choice of various custom and honed finishes (where the aggregate shows through). While the exposed-aggregate finishes are particularly popular at the moment, the smoother finishes are still in demand. The project shown here features Mocha Honed penciledge coping and Mocha Traditional 600mm x 600mm x 40mm paving. To ensure a fully coordinated look throughout your outdoor areas, most Customstone SA products, which are all made to order, are available in the company’s complete range of colours and finishes. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION CUSTOMSTONE SA 1-3 Bayer Road, Elizabeth South SA 5112 PHONE (08) 8252 9633 MOBILE 0408 832 662 EMAIL info@customstonesa.com.au WEBSITE customstonesa.com.au Photography by Sarah Long


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L a s t i n g i m p re s s i o n Wet-cast concrete paving products offer durability, versatility and good looks

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ustom Paving has spent the past 25 years developing its highly individual range of wet-cast concrete pavers to meet the growing need for a durable and adaptable paving solution. The result is a broad array of products offering a choice of Slate, Sandstone or Silkstone textures, 10 colours, an assortment of sizes and one of the largest pool coping ranges in the industry. Custom Paving provided the paving and coping for the stylish project showcased here. Designed and installed by Lifestyle Solutions Centre, a company based in Bundaberg, Queensland, the goal was to ensure that the colour and finish of the paving would complement the exterior of the house. Custom Paving had the perfect match: contemporary Silkstone pavers in the popular colour Merino for the steps and seats, 450mm x 450mm bullnose coping and 400mm x 400mm pavers which were laid on a concrete base using Sikaflex expansion joints. It is especially important to use a durable non-slip product around pool entertaining areas, says Peter Moller, designer and construction manager from Lifestyle Solutions Centre. “Pool entertaining areas are often wet, so slip resistance must be considered when selecting the most suitable product. You also need to be conscious of the ease of cleaning,” he says. All Custom Paving pavers are non-slip tested to Australian Standards and have the highest slip-resistance rating possible. This makes these long-lasting wet-cast concrete pavers the ideal choice for pool and spa surrounds.

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“The key reason for this is the pavers’ density and superior strength (MPa), which is due to the high ratio of quality white Portland cement used in the production process,” says Warner Lamb, owner of Queenslandbased Custom Paving. “Traditional dry-cast pavers are manufactured more cheaply and are consequently susceptible to marking and chipping,” he adds. “They also can retain moisture that can render them completely unsuitable for pool surrounds.” Peter says he uses Custom Paving products for his pool and landscaping projects because: “You need to have products that cohesively deliver the optimum solution, style and finish for each client’s specific needs.” To enhance their durability, pavers should be sealed with a quality penetrating sealer, especially around pools. Custom Paving supplies its range of pavers, pool coping and landscaping products to more than 120 retail display sites in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT. A full list of suppliers is available on the Custom Paving website. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION CUSTOM PAVING 18 Aldinga Street, Brendale Qld 4500 PHONE (07) 3205 9800 EMAIL sales@custompaving.com.au WEBSITE custompaving.com.au Photography by Glenn Weiss


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Tr u l y t i m e l e s s Natural Australian bluestone offers unparalleled strength, sophistication and style

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he enduring beauty of bluestone has been celebrated around the world for centuries but for purity, nothing surpasses Bamstone bluestone. This 100 per cent Australian bluestone contains no secondary minerals, making it the purest bluestone in the world. As a result, Bamstone bluestone is not susceptible to rusting, discolouring, warping or bending — it only improves with time. There are myriad uses for Bamstone bluestone, as the garden featured here attests. Bamstone bluestone was used extensively throughout The Greenery Garden, designed by Vivid Design for the 2016 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) and winner of the Award of Excellence for Best in Show. Bamstone’s natural 100 per cent Australian bluestone products have featured in several award-winning MIGFS gardens, as well as many residential and commercial projects around Australia and overseas. Such prestigious projects have included GPO Martin Place in Sydney and the Crown Metropol, Southern Cross station, and various other Melbourne CBD locations. The Bamstone product range is diverse and includes paving, capping, stepping stones, cladding, pool edging, walling, cobblestones, kerbing and channelling. Proving particularly popular at present is Bamstone’s random tumbled bluestone walling (as seen in 2015 award-winning MIFGS garden, Quietude) and its large stepping stones, both of which add a sophisticated and timeless look to any garden.

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For those seeking a unique feature, Bamstone also produces custommade artisan stone furniture — you can be assured no two pieces will be alike. All of Bamstone’s 100 per cent Australian bluestone is extracted from the company’s two quarries in the south-west of Victoria using soft blasting methods, which are approved for dimension stone applications. Having withstood the elements and the constant motion of the southern ocean washing against the shores for thousands of years, Bamstone bluestone is of the highest quality, offering superlative strength, durability and style. Bamstone’s 100 per cent Australian bluestone will not only bring classic natural beauty to your garden or outdoor space, it will also give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment will stand the test of time. This means your Bamstone bluestone will look just as good after 40 years as it did the day it was installed. To discuss your natural bluestone needs, contact the friendly team at Bamstone today. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION BAMSTONE 204 Hamilton Port Fairy Road, Port Fairy Vic 3284 PHONE (03) 5568 2655 EMAILsales@bamstone.com.au WEBSITE bamstone.com.au


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Symphony of stone Using natural stone to create an elegant, stylish and unique look outside has never been easier

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rom the granite paving around the pool to the limestone-clad outdoor fireplace, this spectacular property in Clear Island Waters on the Gold Coast is a well-orchestrated symphony of natural stone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of it supplied by Neo Rox Concepts. This contemporary waterfront residence is a stunning showcase for the quality and diversity of the Neo Rox stone range. For the pool surrounds, paved entertaining areas and front entrance, Neo Rox recommended Buffalo Grey granite tiles in a modular French pattern. Adding interest, every five metres a Raven Black granite feature tile has been incorporated into the design of the paving. Picking up on the feature tiles, Raven Black square-edged, flamedfinished coping was used for the perimeter of the pool. The large 1200mm x 400mm coping pieces elongate the look of the pool and make a distinctive statement. In stark contrast, shimmering pearl mosaic tiles (also supplied by Neo Rox) were used to rejuvenate the pool interior. The outdoor and indoor fireplaces were clad in limestone quartzite with a natural organic split finish. Laid in a banding format of different lengths and widths, the rich colour variations in the hard-wearing limestone quartzite add warmth and visual interest. At the front of the property, the street-frontage pillars were clad with Sesame Seed Grey Gneiss Random Interlocking Panels. These

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panels have a rugged natural split face and their colouring is a subtle mix of grey and lilac with black striations, which perfectly complements the Buffalo Grey granite modular paving tiles. Extensive and ever increasing, the Neo Rox product array is designed to help you redefine your living and entertaining spaces. Products include tiles, pavers, flagstones, stepping stones, random stone mats, cobbles, bullnosed pool coping, stackstone panels, freeform and ledgestone cladding, capping and pool mosaics. The vivid colours, rich tones and diverse textures of these premiumquality natural stone products offer endless opportunities to create a look that is all your own. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a surrounding for a pool, a unique feature wall or you plan to pave an outdoor room, Neo Rox has the right natural stone solution. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION NEO ROX CONCEPTS 13 Ozone Parade, Miami Gold Coast Qld 4220 PHONE (07) 5572 0322 MOBILE 0401 434 958 EMAILinfo@neorox.com.au WEBSITE neorox.com.au


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Safeguard your stone A deep-penetrating invisible sealer designed to protect natural stone, paving and walling

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ith the right treatment, it’s easy to keep even the most porous natural stone and paving, as well as tile and brick, looking great for many years. Treating a porous surface with the right impregnating sealer also makes cleaning easier. Staining is the most common problem affecting porous materials, such as stone paving and steps, but there are other common types of damage. Water can be harmless but if stone or paving is wet for long enough, mould and bacteria can take hold and the material can be softened and weakened. Water also contains minerals (salts) that can leave unsightly residues or stains and even cause major corrosion of pavers and tiles. Australia is a land of innovation and it’s no surprise the world’s most advanced impregnating sealers for protecting porous surfaces come from Dry-Treat, an Australian company. Dry-Treat’s invisible impregnating sealers provide many advantages over traditional topical (coating) and impregnating sealers. “Our technology comes down to two basic things,” says Dry-Treat’s vice president of sales, Gabriel Chapman. “Our impregnating sealers penetrate much deeper and our special water- and oil-repelling molecules actually bond permanently inside the treated material so you get a very deep and long-lasting barrier of protection.”

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Dry-Treat’s flagship STAIN-PROOF sealer not only protects natural stone, paving and tiles against stains to keep them looking good, it also maintains the slip resistance of the surface, retards moss and mildew growth and makes the surface easier to clean. A 15-year performance warranty is available when STAIN-PROOF is applied by an accredited applicator, although the simple application instructions have made it very popular for DIY use as well. “Dry-Treat’s reputation has spread over 30 countries, largely by word of mouth, because our sealers really do work,” says Gabriel. “Today, STAIN-PROOF protects thousands of homes and many wellknown public icons including the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the new BBC Scotland headquarters, the Dallas Cowboys stadium, city malls, famous hotels and monuments. So we are very comfortable backing our products with extraordinary warranties.” For product information and contact details of Dry-Treat dealers and accredited applicators, call the number below or visit the website. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION DRY-TREAT PHONE 1800 675 119 WEBSITE drytreat.com


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Rocking on! Whether for practical or decorative purposes, a gabion wall is an asset in any landscape

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abions have a wide range of uses, from mass-gravity retaining walls to purely decorative landscaping elements. What’s more, the design and layout possibilities are almost endless. Gabion walls look great as garden retaining walls, feature walls — even as a letterbox. And topping a low gabion wall with some timber can create stunning outdoor seating. Erecting a gabion wall also makes for a satisfying DIY project, especially with Permathene’s ready-made kits, which are available in a variety of sizes. (Keep in mind that retaining walls over a certain height may need to be approved by a structural engineer, so check with your local council before building your gabion wall.) Permathene’s gabion kits provide a long list of benefits: they are cost effective, can be delivered anywhere in Australia, and they arrive flatpacked and ready for assembly, allowing you to source your rock locally or fill it with recycled material you already have on hand. Because you only see the outside layer of rock in a gabion cage, you can use cheaper rock, or even recycled concrete and brick, to fill the inside. Gabion cages also have excellent drainage capabilities. Most retaining walls fail because of hydrostatic pressure caused by water build-up. Gabion cages are unique because they allow water to drain freely between the rocks, reducing this pressure and leaving the wall undamaged.

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Permathene gabion mesh is of the highest quality and you have the choice of three mesh types. AL-10TM is a coating system comprising 10 per cent aluminium and 90 per cent zinc over steel wire. Permathene AL-10TM mesh is made in Australia and has excellent durability, even in coastal areas. For severe environments where the gabion is in contact with salt water, there is stainless-steel gabion mesh manufactured to type 316 marine-grade guidelines and USA-made PVC-coated gabion, which incorporates a galvanised steel wire that is primed and fusebonded with a powder-coated PVC. As more people discover the versatility and benefits of gabion walls, more products come onto the market, but you need to ensure you only buy best-quality materials. While some gabions may be cheaper in the short term, they will age poorly and need to be replaced. To find out more about Permathene’s premium-quality gabion products and explore the endless possibilities for using gabions in your next project, check out their website. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION PERMATHENE PTY LTD Unit 8, 20 Ricketty Street, Mascot NSW 2020 PHONE 1800 608 095 (free call) WEBSITE permathene.com.au


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Endless ve rsatility Gabions can give a garden greater strength, a better structure and a sculptural quality

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nce mainly seen in commercial projects, gabions have become a popular inclusion in the home garden and for one very good reason — their versatility. For blocks with steep gradients, they make excellent retaining walls. Alternatively, they can be used as a backdrop for a water feature, a privacy screen or a sculptural feature in their own right. Gabions also look right at home in just about any style of garden and you can “match” them to your outdoor design. This can be achieved with the size, colour and type of stone they are filled with. And when lit up with ground lights or coloured lighting, they can look spectacular at night. This ability to modify a gabion to create a specific look is one of the product’s most appealing features. Caged Rock produces a range of gabion baskets and products for landscaping, architectural, environmental and civil uses. For convenience, they can supply their gabions in flat pack or “ready to fill” assembled form. Or, if you prefer, Caged Rock can supply and install gabions to your specifications, whether it’s a large complex project or a small and simple job. Caged Rock also has access to a wide range of gabion rocks of various colours and textures. This is made possible by an ongoing working relationship with many quarries in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales, which means they can organise the supply of local gabion rock to most locations in these regions.

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Australian-made, quality materials are used in the manufacturing process as much as possible, resulting in a quality product that looks good and is long-lasting. The gabion baskets are made from galvanised weld-mesh in two different aperture sizes: 75mm x 75mm (imported steel) and 50mm x 50mm (Australian made). This allows landscapers, builders and homeowners the flexibility to choose the aesthetic that best suits their project. Choosing the larger aperture means you will see more of the stone inside, while the smaller aperture affords a slightly more “industrial” look. If you want to introduce the look inside your home, Caged Rock has developed a gabion facade for use in interior structures such as kitchen island benches and feature walls. These can, of course, also be used in outdoor rooms. The staff at Caged Rock have extensive experience in making gabions, filling them and producing one-of-a-kind, fully customised designs. To help you make the most appropriate gabion selection, Caged Rock can even provide a “rendered” photograph of your proposed installation so you can decide what mesh size, rock texture and colour is most suitable. Once you’ve made your decision, Caged Rock gabions can then be installed by one of their experienced operators or supplied as DIY flat packs. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION CAGED ROCK Unit 17/71 Jijaws Street, Sumner Park Qld 4074 PHONE (07) 3463 0819 MOBILE 0402 445 418 (Alan Robertson), 0430 125 801 (Nick Virisheff ) EMAIL info@cagedrock.com.au WEBSITE cagedrock.com.au

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Turn to stone To make the most of any gabion wall or structure in your garden, you need the right stone

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ock-filled gabions are quickly becoming a must-have in residential gardens. They’re being used to build retaining and garden walls, and they’re being incorporated into myriad design elements, ranging from seating and water features to planters and fire pits. Often, they’re teamed with garden beds mulched with pebbles or gravel-topped paths, ensuring a coordinated look and giving the garden an appealing natural feel. A company with an enviable reputation as a specialist supplier of feature rock and river pebbles, Mawsons has branched into the gabion market, providing 60/100mm pebbles and 150mm spall feature stone for use inside gabions. Mawsons can also supply the metal baskets (gabions) with a range of sizes available, including 300mm x 300mm x 1000mm and 500mm x 500mm x 1000mm. Mawsons owns a variety of quarries, from which they source their feature rock, gabion stone and pebbles. This enables the company to produce a wide range of natural stone products and ensures consistency of supply and quality. The pebbles, which range in size from 7mm to 100mm-plus and come in a plethora of colours, are a great addition to a droughttolerant garden and can be used in many decorative ways, such as the creation of a dry creek bed or as mulch on a garden bed or in a planter. Mawsons also supplies its own range of pathway toppings, which are another practical and attractive addition to a water-wise garden. Mawsons operates six garden centres throughout northern Victoria and southern New South Wales, and it supplies its river pebbles to numerous retail outlets throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. In addition, the company owns more than 30 concrete plants, producing specialised exposed aggregate and polished concrete mixes.

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As a business of more than 100 years standing and the owner of multiple hard rock quarries, premixed concrete plants and garden centres, Mawsons has the expertise, resources and product range to cater for all your hard landscaping needs. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION E.B. MAWSON & SONS PTY LTD PHONE 1800 423 456 EMAIL enquiries@mawsons.com.au WEBSITE mawsons.com.au


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First i m p re s s i o n s Make a grand entrance with Australian-made, premium-quality sandstone gate pillars

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ow you fence your front garden is not just about keeping people out or pets and children in. Chosen well, a front fence and gate will frame and enhance your home. For those who want a stylish and secure option, CastStoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sandstone gate pillars are the perfect solution. CastStone specialises in the manufacture and installation of sandstone gate pillars, sandstone columns and other architectural embellishments. The CastStone pillar range is extensive, offering you a choice of heights, widths and styles. Each individual style has a different base, shaft and capital design so you can tailor the look of the fence to your specific requirements. Pillars range from contemporary designs to more traditional styles, ensuring you will find something that will be a perfect match to your home. The CastStone range of columns offers a similarly wide choice. For a classic look there are Doric, Corinthian and Ionic columns, but they have contemporary styles too. CastStone columns will enhance any

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outdoor area, such as verandahs and outdoor kitchens, or add flair to any outdoor structure, such as arbours, rotundas and pergolas. Depending on the design of your home, you can choose columns that are either fluted or smooth in finish. CastStone pillars and columns give structure to your garden; they can also be used as focal points, creating a landscape that “pops”. Although CastStone’s main products are gate pillars and columns, the company also manufactures an extensive range of plinth walls, mail boxes, capping, pyramids, balustrades, pedestals, memorial stones and architectural embellishments in a wide range of styles. Products are tailored to suit your needs. As an example, a plinth wall can be manufactured so that the stone inserts can be applied to match the front of your home, or you can choose from the varied range of finishes to ensure your mail box fittings precisely match your fence or the exterior of your home. Or, perhaps, you might want to personalise your mail box with an address plate. CastStone has provided products and expertise for different ventures, including housing estates, retirement villages, bowling greens, parks, residential gardens, pool houses, memorial arches and arbours. CastStone has also been involved in many restoration projects, helping to ensure an authentic result. All products are Australian made at the company’s South Australian factory and can be freighted anywhere in Australia. ODL

FOR MORE INFORMATION CASTSTONE 950 Port Road, Albert Park SA 5014 PHONE 1800 626 816 EMAIL info@caststone.com.au WEBSITE caststone.com.au Photography by Sarah Long

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products, but all meet global benchmarks for quality, integrity and fire resistance. Next Generation Turf products are also made to UVresistance specifications and are pet friendly. Next Generation Turf can arrange to have your turf installed or if you want to go down the DIY route, simply purchase the product from an agent or stockist and check out the DIY page on the Next Generation Turf website. This handy online guide will walk you through the entire process. To find an agent or installer in your area, or to obtain a no-obligation measure and quote, visit the Next Generation Turf website. ODL

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← It’s a clear winner Looking for that wow factor in your outdoor pavilion? This award-winning garden room, designed by Peta Donaldson of BLAC for the 2016 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, features Glosswood’s 90mm-wide Clear Ash prefinished lining board. The Scandinavian-esque look of the board provides a natural yet sophisticated design punch. The lining board is part of Glosswood’s UV range of satin finishes and can be used inside or in protected outdoor locations. Glosswood has a huge range of standard and deep-cut profile lining boards in UV satin and matte finishes. The beauty of these boards is in the colour range and the use of paulownia, a lightweight hardwood with a lovely wood grain. glosswood.com.au

The lifestyle solution → With an Australian-made Lifestyle barbecue or outdoor kitchen, you’ll get all the heat control and cooking performance you need. This means you’ll be able to cook a pancake on low heat on the stainless-steel hotplate for a leisurely family breakfast, and then crank it up to high at night, when guests pop over, to cook marinated prawns in a minute or two. Lifestyle has a modular outdoor kitchen range, which is aimed at the avid entertainer. Of modern design and made from commercial-grade stainless steel, a Lifestyle Outdoor Kitchen is a beautiful addition to any outdoor entertaining area. More importantly, it is durable, functional and value for money, which is what Australian families are looking for. lifestylebbqs.com.au

Picture of perfection → Pope Products has just launched a new digital timer tap to make watering your garden easier, leaving you more time to enjoy it. The Snapshot Timer attaches to your garden tap on one end and your garden hose or irrigation system at the other. The timer is extremely easy to operate, with just six easy steps needed to program it. It has a large, easy-to-read display and a supersimple user interface so you can program the time and then just sit back and relax, knowing it will do all the work for you. The Snapshot Timer uses A4 batteries and has an handy on-screen battery life indicator. The timer is available in a variety of colours from all good hardware stores. popeproducts.com.au

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Made in the shade ↑ House of Bamboo’s Natureed canopies are the perfect solution to all your shading needs. Made from high-quality and long-lasting Natureed, these canopies can be retractable or fixed in place. They offer a great solution for those looking for shade in summer but not in winter. Natureed canopies can be used as shading over swimming pools, are ideal for small spaces such as courtyards, and work well when creating tropical-, Balinese- or Australian-themed backyards. Natureed is also available as a multi-functional screen that comes in a range of sizes. Alternatively, it can be custom-made to give you a tailored solution or it can be used to clad an old wall or fence. houseofbamboo.com.au

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Add some sparkle to your outdoor spaces at night with Light This Light That’s Australian-made LED lighting range. With this stylish range you have a choice of a 316-marine-grade stainless steel or solid copper finish and three colour tones: Warm White, Cool White or Lush (a green/warm white combination). The range includes garden spike lights, pivot spotlights, wall lights, path lights, deck and eave lights, as well as lights for water features and ponds. There are numerous sizes available in each style of light, ensuring you will find something to suit every application. All lights are low voltage and use a plug ‘n’ play wiring system to make installation a breeze. Pictured, the Trifid path light. ltlt.com.au


E SSE NTIALS Spoiled for choice → CastStone manufactures sandstone rendered-look pre-cast pillars, columns and other architectural pieces, such as mail boxes. The detail on the pillars and columns is sharp and well defined and you have many styles to select from. As CastStone’s pillars, columns and mail boxes are all manufactured in segments, you have even more choice so the final product will be perfect, whether it’s for a simple cottage or a grand mansion. From its base in South Australia, CastStone manufactures an extensive range of fence pillars, gate pillars, letterboxes, columns, wall capping, coping stones and plinths. Contact CastStone, the premier manufacturer of pre-cast concrete products in Australia, when you’re ready to enhance your home’s appeal. caststone.com.au

Looks and longevity → OUTDECO’s modular screens offer good looks, longevity and versatility. Screens can be adapted to any purpose: think partitions, arbours, gateways, fencing and bench boxes. Also think decorative panelling to dress up or mask a dull garden wall, or screening to conceal a shed, water tank or pool equipment. Made in Australia from compressed hardwood board, OUTDECO screens can be easily framed or finished in various ways. They can also be painted any colour you like, sealed with decking oil or left to weather naturally, so no matter what the style of your project, there’ll be a finish and pattern to suit. Pictured here is the Mahjong screen. outdeco.com.au

Star of the screens ↑ For when size really does matter, OUTDECO has introduced its 1800mm x 1200mm screen series and along with it, two new design options: Daintree (shown here) and Mountain Ash, both available in Decoshield Natural Brown and Black. This largeformat screen expands the overall range to three size formats, three privacy/block-out levels and two colour options. With the same modular format and an increased array of new designs, with the larger size you get greater value for surface area and economies in installation. The complete range, including the new 1800mm x 600mm series and the original 1200mm x 600mm range, is available through stockists Australiasia-wide. outdeco.com.au

Get some sparkle ↑ There are a great many new products available on the market today, but Nanosilex is one that stands out from the rest. This is a new-generation wall coating system that offers an affordable and stylish coating solution. Nanosilex glass is coloured in a unique process to create an amazing range of colour blends and sparkling effects. The glass glitters and shimmers in the sunlight, giving you a totally unique look that will not fade and has a timeless appeal. Nanosilex offers a host of benefits. It is colour stable, has high UV resistance and is low VOC (<15g/L). It’s also made from 100 per cent recycled glass and is both dirt and water repellant — perfect for both indoor and external applications. foamfast.com.au

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ESSENTI A L S ← Art that’s uniquely yours Renowned for their charm and whimsy, Think Outside’s remarkable metal sculptures and pieces of outdoor decor can transform any garden — and bring a smile to any face. Each artwork is custom-designed by Aaron Jackson and handcrafted by skilled craftsmen using reused and recrafted materials, meaning no two will ever be exactly the same. What sets Think Outside ahead of the crowd is its originality, from concept to creation. Its signature collection, EE-I-EE-I-O, makes a bold and colourful statement, with all items created from recycled 44-gallon drums. EE-I-EE-I-O strives to radiate joy by embracing quirkiness and colour. Think Outside products are sold in garden and gift retailers across Australia. To find your nearest stockist, visit the website. thinkoutside.biz

Pressed-metal panels → Decorative pressed-metal panels add a unique personal design statement to any home, whether traditional or contemporary. With more than 100 designs to choose from, Adelaide Pressed Metal has the largest range of designs in stock, all of which are on display in the company’s showroom. From ceilings, gables and feature walls to kitchen, bathroom and barbecue splashbacks, aluminium pressedmetal panels are cost-effective, lightweight and can be used both inside the home and out. They are available in specialty applications of zincalume, galvanised metal, soft zinc and copper, and can be painted or left raw for a modern look. The company can also repair damaged old pressed-metal ceilings in heritage or period houses. adelaidepressedmetal.com.au

Effortless operation ↑ The Shaderunner is a high-quality retractable shade system that fits any outdoor location effortlessly, and its cord operation ensures that it is simple to use and adds to its nautical look. The owners of Shadeform Sails, makers of the Shaderunner, come from a sailing and sail making background and they used this knowledge to perfect the system. The Shaderunner is suspended from sailing pulleys on stainless-steel wires that can be mounted on or under existing pergola-type structures, or from support posts put in specifically to house the system. Large extensions are possible, making the shade system even more versatile. You have a choice of 95 per cent polyester mesh or a waterproof fabric in a range of colours. shadeformsails.com.au

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For the gourmet cook ↑ Heatlie’s Island Gourmet Elite gives you the flexibility to choose the benchtop you want for your outdoor kitchen thanks to its innovate heat-deflecting properties. The stylish, stainless steel unit can be installed directly into any type of benchtop, even combustible materials like timber and laminate. This hard-wearing, Australian-made barbecue not only looks good, it’s one of the toughest on the market and a breeze to clean. The Gourmet Elite is ideal for cooking all sorts of foods and features a solid steel hotplate and steel ribbon burners, preventing charring, eliminating hot and cold spots and ensuring even cooking. Barbecues are available in LPG or natural gas. Roasting hoods and cabinets are also available. heatlie.com.au


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Landscape Queensland............................................................................244 Landscape Techniques.....................................................................31, 100 Landscapes WA ..................................................................................................96 Landscaping Australia ............................................................................. 229 Landscaping Victoria ..................................................................................... 33 Light This Light That .........................................................................................8 Lifestyle BBQs........................................................................................................57 LNA Master Landscapers Association ......................................238 Malibu Pools & Landscapes .........................................................14, 164 Master Landscapers of SA .......................................................................70 Matt Hill Projects..............................................................................................182 Melbourne Brick...................................................................................................19 Metropolitan Landscapes........................................................................152 Neo-Rox Concepts ...................................................................................2, 214 Next Generation Turf ......................................................................232, 233 Outdeco....................................................................................................................250 Outrigger Awnings ...............................................................................45, 196 Oz Trampolines ..................................................................................................... 51 Penfold Projects ...............................................................................................140 Permathene ...................................................................................................13, 218 Pinz ....................................................................................................................198, 199 Phase3 Landscape Construction.......................................................80 Pope Products ........................................................................................................17 PTA Landscapes...............................................................................................144 Red Cloud Bamboo ..........................................................................................63 Rex Lin Architects.............................................................................................84 Riversands ....................................................................................................... 37, 69 Rock & Stone .........................................................................................................84 Rocks Plus ................................................................................................................84 Rubicab Projects ............................................................................................ 206 Shadeform Sails.....................................................................................194, 195 Sikkens .........................................................................................................200, 203 S’Wonderful ..................................................................................................23, 192 Thermofilm Australia .........................................................................173, 174 Think Outside ..............................................................................................21, 186 TNLA Landscape Architects................................................................124 Tombo Design.....................................................................................................188 Urban Escape Landscapes & Pools..............................................104 Water Features Direct ................................................................................ 190 Yarrabee & Castlemaine Stone Solutions ................................124


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