This project brief focused on simplifying a disjointed and all but unusable garden, creating a bright, open space for the kids, a large family-sized swimming pool area, and outdoor dining space that flows seamlessly off the house.
Working on a site with excessive level changes and unsafe retaining walls meant the project was never going to be straight forward. Add into the mix the sandy soils of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, limited access to the rear, and dramatic level changes between neighbouring properties and the construction of this pool and garden proved to be quite the exciting challenge.
Material-wise, bluestone pavements were used throughout as a calming presence thanks to their muted blue/grey tones, while Australian sandstone was used to create a textured contrast around the swimming pool.
Due to the neighbouring properties sitting higher, privacy drove many of the key design factors, and thanks to some well-considered planting choices – namely the tall and slender Weeping Lilly PIlly and Bamboo Slender Weaver species – this rear yard found its much desired seclusion. As a final touch, the entertaining areas were finished with outdoor furniture settings by our friends at Tait.