I can never understand why somehow, in the building and budgeting of a new home the poor old garden takes a back seat. It’s nearly always a last minute thing to do ‘if there’s money left over’…so why not create a garden room?

I think the two should be created together so that the house blends from inside to out seamlessly.The garden room is another room, a very usable room and should be factored in as one even if you have to pair things back initially and just get the bones in.

Gardens settle a property onto the block, soften edges and give a sense of permanence to a new structure as only plants can. That’s why I love this design by Jeremy Ferrier Architects. Designer Jeremy Ferrier says “the brief was to design a garden that would visually compliment their Balinese inspired pavilion home as well as functionally suit the needs of an expanding young family.” This is what was created.

From the ground up

As the clients wanted the front of the home to have no entry steps into the home, levels on the block had to be worked to suit and extensive drainage was implemented around the house to redirect any rainfall, which would gather on a flat block.  The landscape team from Outdoor Aspect that built the garden installed drainage cell and agricultural pipe (ag line) throughout the space which helps redirect ground water to stormwater.

More than just a driveway

Ferrier says “particular attention was paid to the design of the driveway. Using alternating bands of coloured and exposed aggregate concrete, as well as inlays of cobblestone pavement, the intent was to create a driveway that has the look and feel of an entry courtyard rather than a space for parking cars.”

A cool jungle at your door

Although the planting is kept very simple at the rear of the property, out the front sub-tropical and tropical plants were planted in abundance.In fact there are over 60 different types of trees, shrubs and climbers used including ctenanthe ‘grey star’,rhapis, rhoeo,varigated shell ginger, bromeliads, acanterea, ixora, bougainvilleas, various heliconias and gardenias, feature trees like the beautiful illawarra flame tree, dragon tree, frangipani and one of my favourite plants the fiddle-leaf fig, were brought in by crane to add impact and scale.

Green stairs

If you have the space, there’s nothing like some big deep dramatic steps to get you from one level to another in style and in this design terraces have been created along the western boundary of the house using bold blocks of sandstone. To connect the upper lawn and the lower along the river’s edge, instead of paving, the oversized treads or tiers have also been lined with turf to connect the areas.

Creating cosy in a large space

To compliment the large open expanses of lawn, a series of intimate courtyard spaces were designed with water features, sculptural pieces, seating and lush, tropical planting.

Designer www.jeremyferrier.com.au

Landscapers www.outdooraspect.com.au