This large country block in Warrandyte is situated in a spot with magnificent views across the valley. This being one of the property's biggest assets, clever design was needed to take advantage of them. We wanted to create a landscape that shifts seamlessly and aesthetically from the modern to the rustic as it radiates outwards from the house towards the native reserves. Coordination with the architects was essential to get the sense of scale and harmony between materials as we designed in tandem. Large concrete platforms leading down to the house are flanked by two eucalyptus trees and earthy stone clad walls to complement the bush setting. A pool is situated for prime views of the valley, unimpeded with clever pool barrier design which is unseen.

Torino bluestone surrounds the pool area which complements and mirrors the concrete elements. Decking, lawn and garden beds with low lying plants soften the space whilst framing it. An 'infinity' lawn extends out from the house's huge living room windows towards a sharp bank with large existing Eucalypts providing pockets of shade. Below the Eucalypts sit new garden beds with swathes of bird attracting native plants and water bowls to encourage wildlife. Informal garden beds wrap around the walls and house allowing for gravel areas and stepping stones to encourage exploration of new areas of the garden. A meandering path with wild flowers leads to a circular sunken fire pit with timber seating. It was incredible to watch this garden being built over time and come to life.

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