The client brief for this Mt Martha landscape design was extensive (but achievable): child-friendly, accessible, functional, considerate of viewlines and architecture, enticing, productive and attractive. This split-level Mediterranean style home’s landscape was a blank canvas positioned on a decliningblock with Bay views. The first floor decking was re-designed to provide direct access to the back yard and maximize the viewlines whilst overlooking the (what was to become) stunning garden. Over several retained levels, this landscape design incorporating a ‘hidden’ veggie patch, expansive level lawn area (wintergreen couch) and ground-level seating and playground area. A selection of drought-tolerant succulents and coastal plants as low-level plants complement the home’s style perfectly.

Smart Landscapes design and deliver enticing, quality landscapes that enhance and complement your home. Mt Martha, Mornington Peninsula, Bayside, Melbourne.

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An environmentally sensitive Mt Martha landscape design abutting a local nature reserve incorporating native planting, feature rocks, timber posts, garden lighting. This landscape design needed to be empathetic to the surrounds while still providing an attractive entrance to the stunning extension and renovation that the building had undertaken.  The landscape was set amongst stone rocks and vertical feature posts that were subtly highlighted with strategically placed garden lighting to gently guide visitors to the entrance of the home. Read the client’s testimonial here.

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We completed the construction of this gorgeous Mornington landscape in December 2014. The selection of elements in this garden make it an outdoor area that can be used year-round. Designed by Natural Design…

Features:

  • Polito Wood Fire Pizza Oven
  • Polished Concrete Waterfall Benchtops (BBQ & Pizza)
  • Outdoor Kitchen/BBQ area
  • Timber bench seating
  • Timber Pergola
  • Bluestone & Crazy paving
  • Lump Corten Sculpture
  • Garden Lighting
  • Lawn & Planting
  • Retainer Walls
  • Irrigation & Drainage

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Get it wrong and it’s disaster…Get it right and you will have an outdoor destination that enriches your lifestyle.

When you think about it, your backyard is likely to be the biggest room on your property to ‘furnish’, but probably the least considered when it comes to design. A garden that connects you with the outdoors, encourages exploration, provides enjoyment and a place to relax, while enhancing your home comes from a well-considered design.

Developing an understanding of how you want to use your garden, who will be using it, when will it be used and why, is fundamental when it comes to planning your landscape. When compiling your garden ‘wish list’, be mindful of view-lines, existing features, local council regulations, climatic conditions (wind, sun, water). Then, prioritize your preferences such as alfresco dining, outdoor bathing, pergolas/pavilions, right down to plant types, colour schemes, materials.  Be considerate of your architecture and environment, choosing elements that will complement your home’s architecture and the area that you live.

Creating a visually stimulating and meaningful landscape that strikes the perfect balance between function and form can be challenging.  Making the decision to invest in your design often saves you in the end.  A good designer understands all the elements required to create a successful landscape, as well as the value that an engaging outdoor area adds to your lifestyle.

A great design does not simply maximise your useable space, but enriches your lifestyle.

Decking and lighting

Do you dream of having breakfast alfresco as you read the Sunday papers, or catching the last rays of sun as you wind down after a hard day at work around your swimming pool? Creating functional areas out of unused space is just one of the many benefits timber decks (and paved areas) provide to add more enjoyment to your outdoor lifestyle.

An outdoor space to take a nap, feel the breeze, read a book, converse with friends, listen to the birds, sip a drink and relax!  Decking provides an attractive and functional platform to extend your indoor living space…large, liveable outdoor areas that are a destination beyond your four walls.

The type of deck you choose will depend entirely on how you wish to use the area, the site’s topography, exposure, architecture, council and building regulations and the floor plan of your home.  Are you wanting a seamless transition from your indoor living or dining room to connect with your outdoor area – outdoor kitchen, alfresco dining, outdoor lounge? Or, is it a remote space that you want to utilize in your garden – poolside, observation area?  Decking no longer simply provides a ‘landing space’ for your home’s entrance.  This is reflected in the scale of decking which has grown along with our love for the outdoors, spending time with family and friends – entertaining.

Consideration for how you want to use your decked area is an important first step in the design phase – so too is adhering to your local council regulations and domestic building regulations.  Whether you are modifying an existing deck or building from scratch, a building permit will most likely be required.  Even if a proposed structure is exempt under the Building Regulations, owners may still apply for a building permit to show that the new work was correctly constructed, it is structurally sound and it does not adversely affect the safety of the public or occupiers.  More information can be sourced from your local building surveyor and the Victorian Building Authority.

Then, the fun begins – which timber material do you want to use to construct your deck?  There are so many natural timber products to choose from and more recently the introduction of composite decking products to add to the list.  Merbau and selected Native Australian hardwoods are an excellent choice for decking for their longevity, high rigidity, durability and resistance to attack by fungi and insects.  There are many pro’s and cons for all of the decking products available – essentially each project will have specific considerations including exposure, budget, architecture, etc.

Finding a suitably qualified tradesperson to guide you through the whole process from design to completion is an important ingredient to ensure your deck area is a quality construction that adheres with regulations and is standards compliant.  According to Nepean Building Permits, there are several important factors to consider when building a new deck:

  1. The footing system of the deck must comply with Building Code of Australia (BCA) and AS 2870 (Australian Standard for footings).  The type of footing system would be the same that is required for standard dwellings.
  1. The deck sub floor and decking material must comply with BCA & AS 1684 (framing standard).  This is the same as for standard dwellings.
  1. A deck on a residential property is covered in the Domestic Buildings Contract Act and therefore an contractor working on a deck must be a registered building practitioner if they invoice more than $5,000 in costs.

All this planning and consideration will serve you well once your dream deck is constructed.  It will be a place where fond memories are made and treasured.  It will be somewhere you can sip on a latte (or glass of wine), reflect on the times shared with your family and friends and allow you to connect more often with Mother Nature and the beautiful outdoors.

Garden lighting, lawn, retainer wall, design.

Enrich your lifestyle

A stylish and well considered design and meticulously formed landscape will serve to provide a natural extension to your indoor lifestyle…a place to relax, entertain, enjoy and inspire.

The client brief for this landscape design was extensive (but achievable): child-friendly, accessible, functional, considerate of viewlines, complementing of architecture, enticing, productive, attractive. This split-level Mediterranean style home’s landscape was a blank canvas positioned on an inclined block with Bay views. The first floor decking was re-designed to provide direct access to the back yard and maximize the viewlines whilst overlooking the (what was to become) stunning garden. Over several retained levels, this landscape design incorporating a ‘hidden’ veggie patch, expansive level lawn area (wintergreen couch) and ground-level seating and playground area. A selection of drought-tolerant succulents and coastal plants as low-level plants complement the home’s style perfectly.

Smart Landscapes design and deliver enticing, quality landscapes that enhance and complement your home. Mt Martha, Mornington Peninsula, Bayside, Melbourne.