We completed a poolside landscaping make-over for a home in Mornington on the Mornington Peninsula. Our clients had a lovely existing paved pool area, though the side yard had grass that wasn't growing due to a large screen hedge along their boundary fence which provided privacy, though blocked sunlight. The existing soil had poor nutrients and needed a healthy blend top up to ensure new plants would thrive.
The landscape consultation identified that our clients wanted a tropical feel to their garden design and landscape construction that complemented the existing black wood veranda. Our clients wanted a black pergola to create a focal point for their backyard pool area which was laid with Indian Sandstone pavers to add a WOW effect. Wire was installed inside the new pergola to provide support for Jasmine climbers that will have small white flowers all year round.
An existing small hedge was removed around the pool and a new wrap around retaining wall was constructed and painted black.
Irrigation was installed along with landscape lighting to create a visual appeal at night.
The clients chose tropical plants and grasses, including two established Chinese Windmill palms on either side of the pergola. The gardens were covered in mulch.
Our clients love the final result and enjoy seeing their new space even in the colder months. They cant wait to get outside and make use of their new landscape once the weather warms up!
Our client in Langwarrin had purchased her unit in Langwarrin just over a year ago and wanted an outdoor landscape that was low maintenance, usable and aesthetically pleasing. This project was completed in collaboration with Genus Landscape Architects who designed the new outdoor space. The rest was left to us!
With a small outdoor courtyard, our client wanted to maximise the useable space to entertain her friends, whilst also hiding the existing utilities such as the hot water system and pump. With a desire for a healthy garden, the job involved removing over 4.5 cubic metres of soil. treating the remaining soil and bringing in the replacement soil in through the garage door, the only backyard access point.
A new merbau deck was constructed to provide a platform area that flowed from the back sliding door. Steel edging was used to create flow and shape to the garden bed, whilst also providing a border to keep the garden toppings contained.
Australian natives were chosen for their low maintenance and natural appeal. Our client also wanted to include lavender as one of the many plant varieties. Reo mesh was used to create a screen on the fence and Lady Di Climber was planted which will provide a beautiful green screen with pretty white flowers. Other plant varieties included Kangaroo Paw and low lying creepers. Organic blended mulch was used as the covering and a drip line irrigation was installed to support healthy plant growth. Simple and natural paths were created using Honeycomb Blue Stone Pavers and Bairnsdale Toppings.
An laser cut corten steel screen was mounted around the existing hot water service to hide the utility and a box was constructed over the existing hot water pump under the merbau deck.
Another screen will be mounted against the brick wall and lights installed for a feature wall effect in the near future. Our client loves her new outdoor space and looks forward to inviting friends over to them entertain outdoors.
Our client in Dromana wanted a minimal and clean landscaping design solution for her new home build in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula. She was after a beautiful lawn for her grandchildren to play and landscaping construction solutions that allowed her to plant her favourite plants and grow a strong and healthy vegetable patch. The goal of the makeover was to maintain the original contour of the land and provide an outdoor space to relax and engage in her gardening hobby.
A retained garden bed was constructed to allow our client to plant trees along her fence line and along her windows. The garden beds had old soil removed and were filled with healthy garden blended soil. Raised planter boxes were constructed using treated pine, then lined with plastic and filled with vegetable blend to support a strong and healthy vegetable garden. To allow a healthy and lush grass to grow we removed the old top soil which contained pollutants from the house build, and added 80-100ml of clean organic top soil for the grass. Eureka Kikuyu grass turf was laid from Strathayr.
At the front of the property a curved path was constructed from the deck to an entrance gate. Steel edging was using to shape the path and Australian hardwood sleepers were used for the steps. The path was laid with Bairnsdale topping, and Crazy Indian Sandstone Pavers were used for the steppers.
Our client is so happy with her green healthy lawn and her vegetable garden is growing beautifully. We are also providing a fortnightly lawn and garden maintenance program for her new landscaping to ensure that it's kept healthy and strong . Our client is delighted by her new outdoor space and loves getting outdoors and sharing it with her family and friends.
Coastal Coastal Creations Landscaping completed a country landscaping project for a new home build in Merricks Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. Working in collaboration with Genus Landscape Architects, the landscape design was inspired by formal native gardens and clean lines through the landscape construction. A few creative touches were added to create interest including the jagged edge hardwood fire pit area, staggered hardwood sleeper path and jagged steel edging on the lawn.
The property was a clean slate after the home build, and the first step was to create structure and stability around the home by moving soil back from the home, building a retaining wall, steps, and levelling out gravel paths. A dry creek river bed was created and planted with natives to provide drainage and create space between the laid turf and wild grass. Sir Walter Buffalo grass was used for the turf.
The pool area was paved and a rock garden was planted around the pool. Hardwood sleepers were used to build a path along the front of the home, and these sleepers were laid using a staggered effect. Steel edging was used to create strong clean lines that separated the garden beds from the paths and turf. Hardwood sleepers were laid and pinned in concrete to build a fire pit area at the front of the home. Coastal Creations Landscaping constructed two bench seats made out of 200x200 cyprus posts and another bench seat positioned at the top of the sleeper pathway.
We are sure our clients will enjoy many hours having a nice cold drink, sitting on their benches, watching the sun go down, or gazing into their fire pit.
Retaining wall and path around the home
Dry creek river bed preparation
Hardwood sleeper steps
Hardwood decking fire pit area
Soil preparation for turf
What do you get when you combine the creative flair of a musician/barrister with the passion and creativity of a French chef? You get a beautiful and functional landscape design that combines low-maintenance and natural landscape elements inspired by the rolling sand dunes of St Andrews Beach, with a practical space to grow fresh produce and entertain guests.
This rustic and natural landscape design creates an open space that transforms from day to night and from season to season. An artistic and creative flair was introduced with rustic and industrial outdoor sculptures which complemented the homes interior decorating and feel. The creative and practical use of landscape lighting turns the central garden hot house into a night time focal point. Let's not forget the importance of accommodating all people in the family. A custom built cat run and cat enclosure was installed by Coastal Creations Landscaping to ensure that even the furry friends could enjoy the beautiful outdoor space and be close to their owners.
Like all landscape design and construction projects, they each come with their unforeseen challenges. The initial process of waste removal and clearing always bears nasty gems hidden from the first glances of an outdoor space. There was much to do at the start to create a fresh slate, including removing wild rocket, old concrete and filling a pond in the back corner. But out with the old and in with the new is what we do!
We estimate that over 300 wheelbarrows of Bairnsdale topping were physically brought into the property to create a lush and serene rolling sand dunes feel to the backyard. Overall about 400-450 wheelbarrows moved through to the back yard, which kept our men fit to say the least!
Our clients were excited about creating new form and texture to their existing space, and the landscape design was an ever evolving plan created through constant communication with our clients and their landscape designers. Our clients were passionate and hands on about the look and feel of their new backyard landscape design, which ensured that they were completely happy with the final outcome.
An extensive irrigation system was installed which was connected to their new bore pump located in their front yard. This ensures that throughout all the seasons and weather, the plants, trees and vegetable gardens are getting exactly as much water as they need.
Plants native to the Mornington Peninsula, were chosen to complement the rolling sand dunes including Sheoak, Sea Box, Moonah and Banksia. The flora chosen will grow into beautiful trees, shrubs and coverings, creating a natural and lush feel for our clients in the years to come.
The square lawn area was constructed by installing a retaining wall and squared off with steel edging. Quality Matilda Buffalo grass was laid and a custom built bench seat by Coastal Creations Landscaping provides a quiet space to sit and relax. Our clients wanted a landscape design that embraced the local areas natural landscape, was low-maintenance and also provided a space to unwind with a glass of wine at the end of a busy week. Also, if you are a foodie then stay tuned, as our talented French client/chef will be launching intimate gatherings of food preparation and cooking in her home in the near future.
We loved turning our clients vision into reality, and are absolutely thrilled with the outcome of this landscaping design and construction project. Our clients are so happy with the end result which is always our main priority. We wish them lots of hours of enjoyment in their new outdoor garden. And thank-you for all of the hard work by the Coastal Creations Landscaping team, you guys are brilliant!
A complete front and back rustic and natural landscaping transformation was created for this home in Mornington on the Morninton Peninsula, Victoria.
Our clients were excited to create a landscape design and construction that used both hard and soft landscape elements that were practical and aestically pleasing.
We got to work to build a two tier red gum retaining wall with steel uprights. The retaining wall was structually sound, providing support and foundation for the elevated front yard, whilst creating a stunning focal point that our clients would love to see everytime they arrived home.
Aggregate drains were installed behind both walls, back filled with scoria rock then topped with garden blend top soil. A mixed variety of native grasses, cordeline and flowering plants were planted for a colour impact.
A full drip irrigation system with a 13mm drip line was installed to ensure the garden would grow and flourish all year round. Installing a reliable irrigation system also provides peace of mind and the freedom to be away from home during the hot summer months. The garden was topped off with black mulch and several mount bulla mud stone rocks were scattered throughout to add character.
Six steps were constructed using merbau to provide street access to the house, enabling people to access the front gate without having to walk up the drive way. Retaining wall planter boxes were installed next to the steps, and capped with 140x45mm dressed Merbau to provide a sleek finish. The planter boxes also provided a frame for the steps, creating softness with flowering plants and texture adjacent to the exposed aggregate concrete driveway.
Mentone Concrete laid the driveway and filled the steps with exposed aggregate concrete.
A Rustic Fencing Design was constructed using Cyprus posts and Cyprus capping. A hard wood picture frame was constructed and installed to the front and the back of the fence to hold and secure the mini corrugated iron sheets. Our clients chose the iron sheets in bush smoke colour to create a natural look colour scheme.
We designed and built two custom gates using steel, then powder coated which were constructed to the fence. The double gate was cladded with hard wood and mini corrugated iron. The single gate was cladded with cyprus pickets surrounded by a picture frame design.
Out the back we levelled out the soil and laid approx 150 square metres of Sir Walter Buffalo Grass to create an instant beautiful turf for the backyard.
Our clients love their new rustic and natural landscape design. This landscaping transformation has added value to the property, curb appeal to the home and privacy to their backyard.
Our clients in Safety Beach wanted to add some privacy to their front courtyard and desired a landscape construction solution that complemented their existing modern rustic landscape design.
Our clients chose corten steel laser cut panels from Westernport Laser Cutting as they provided views onto the street and added curb appeal through their creative pattern design.
We used 150 x 150 mm dressed Cyprus Posts to brace the corten steel panels and create a beautiful border to complete the look. Corten steel panels are a great creative option for use on coastal properties as the screens are designed to rust and can be used for fencing, outdoor screens or even as an outdoor metal art focal point.
Our clients love the end result and so do we!
A recently purchased holiday home in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, was in need of a landscaping revamp including some over due TLC. The existing landscape had a good design but all the plants had overgrown and were very neglected.
Our clients not only wanted a revamp for their newly purchased holiday home, they also wanted a landscape that was low-maintenance and looked great all year round. We got to work to complete an entire landscape transformation.
At the front, a red-gum retaining wall was constructed to create a break to the nature strip, the rocks were rearranged, irrigation was installed and new plants were planted. Low-maintenance and drought tolerant plants were chosen to ensure they thrived even when our clients were away from the property.
Concrete was laid around the house and a slab installed out the back as a foundation to the shed.
Out the back a new retaining wall was constructed and a dry rock wall installed. New Basalt steppers where laid across the yard, along with new irrigation, plants and fresh mulch laid on top.
All the concrete was coloured sealed to ensure longevity.
Our clients absolutely loved the final result!
We recently created a front yard landscape makeover for a property in Mornington on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Our clients wanted to create a transformation that was low-maintenance whilst also complementing their existing landscape design. When we first met with our clients their front yard had a large hedge which they found to be high maintenance and was not adding any extra appeal or use to their front yard.
The hedge was approximately 1.5 metres wide and created privacy for our clients, but the existing grass on their front yard wasn't growing and their current drive-way was quite narrow so they didn't have much space when reversing their car from the garage.
The goal of the project was to create a private court-yard garden that our clients could enjoy.
After the hedge was removed.
The old grass was removed and a front paling fence was constructed with cyprus posts to create privacy.
Front fence completed
Turf-blend topping was laid to level out the ground and create a healthy foundation for the fresh grass turf to grow. A planter box was also constructed around the existing garden to help define the area.
Fresh Sir-Buffalo Grass being laid
Before and After
Sir-Walter Buffalo Grass was laid
Quality steel edging was constructed around the existing garden to help contain the mulch toppings and create a neat boarder.
Fresh mulch was also laid throughout the gardens and and the grass was topped with new soil in the joins which new grass will grow through.
The new fence was painted.
You can also see in the photo below how the drive-way was widened using Lilydale topping crushed rock.
Our clients loved the finished look and have had friends also comment on how great their new private court-yard garden looks!
We recently completed a front and backyard landscape design and construction transformation for a new home in Mornington on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
Our clients had a small backyard but big ideas on transforming this outdoor space into something they would love and use regularly.
The backyard had an existing back fence and a small deck already constructed, but the backyard sloped downwards and the space was unusable.
The first step was to construct a retaining wall across the whole back boundary fence and part way along the side boundary fence. This would provide a wall to build up and level the existing free space in the backyard.
A box retaining wall was constructed to provide a space to house the clients Thin Tanks (www.thintanks.com.au) and plumbing. The tanks were positioned in ground to hide the plumbing equipment and view for our clients and surrounding properties.
The backyard was back filled with soil to create a level backyard ready for the next phase.
The side boundary fence was also prepared by installing upright posts and then attaching the palings. The fence was 1.9 meters high on our clients side.
With the backyard levelled and fence constructed, we extended the existing deck out by an extra board to ensure the decking covered a previously laid protruding concrete slab.
We extended the deck vertically by constructing a merbau screen to create a beautiful flow on effect.
Sand stone crazy paving steppers were laid along the side of the house.
We had a lot of rain during this project which is one of the challenges of landscaping through the winter months. Our goal is always to minimise projects getting messy and sometimes that means holding off construction on very wet days.
Overall we were happy with the level of mud created during the project.
The sand stone crazy pavers were surrounded with 20mm gold beach pebbles.
During the construction process the fence was painted by our client. Fence height extenders were also installed to increase privacy in the backyard.
The astro turf was installed which created a WOW effect in the backyard.
Our clients are huge golf fans and play regularly so it was an easy and brilliant idea to turn their small backyard space into a golf putting green.
Two lengths of synthetic grass turf were installed and blended to create a natural golf putting green effect.
We think the Thin Tanks ( www.thintanks.com.au) are a brilliant idea. And for a little bit extra you can get the vertical planter pockets install which are a great way to hide the tanks and add extra plants to a small space backyard. You can fill the planters with your favourite plants or even create an outdoor herb garden.
With the Thin Tanks in place and the plumbing connected, we only had to install stepper pavers in front of the Thin Tanks and surround them with 20mm sunset rock which was also placed at the bottom of the tanks and along the other side boundary fence.
With the backyard complete and looking fantastic, we then moved on to the front-yard of this Mornington property.
Our clients wanted to create a front courtyard that was low-maintenance but still looked great.
The front yard and home entrance is the first things people notice when they arrive. Having great curb appeal can really add value to your home and is a wise investment. We loved that our clients wanted to create a unique and creative landscape design.
We first constructed a retained box which would become a planter box for the small front courtyard.
Framing for a new front fence was constructed by installing one sleeper across the bottom and 4 vertical posts along which would hold the new horizontal aluminium slats to be installed. The new fence will be 1.5metres high and allow for partial viewing into the front court yard.
The area was then prepared for paving.
50mm thick granitic sand pavers were laid in a staggered creative paving layout. These pavers are concrete with a granitic sand finish.
14mm white and cream pebbles were placed around the paving. The client has chosen to plant his own plants around the pavers and in the planter box along the border of the courtyard space.
Our client loved the paving design and so did we!
A thin retaining wall planter box was also constructed along the drive-way and filled in with the 14mm white and cream pebbles. Small plants will also be planted along this short fence line to add some colour to the space.
Lastly the front nature strip was levelled out and topped with soil then seeded.
Our clients loved their front and back transformation and look forward to enjoying more time outdoors!
We recently completed landscaping for two brand new properties in Bittern on the Mornington Peninsula.
Side by side these two properties only had mud and dirt, but were finished with a complete landscape design and construction.
Both properties had different owners, one was looking to sell and the other would be a rental. Both owners wanted a low-maintenance garden design with quality concreting in the front and back.
Charcoal colour crete was used to concrete the drive-way and garden beds were constructed. Weed matting was laid and topped with black mulch. Our clients chose to plant their own plants.
The front yard was seeded and with all the rain should grow well in no time.
This home is now ready to sell!!
Exposed aggregate concreting was laid in this drive-way and a low-maintenance rock garden design was implemented.
The retained garden beds were constructed and weed mat was laid, topped with river pebbles to create a low-maintenance garden design for this rental property.
Drought tolerant plants were chosen that could survive in the clay soil present in the area. Our client wanted to have native plants in the garden and so we chose a contemporary style of landscaping and included plants that would soften the rock garden and create a visual impact from the street.
Electric Pink Cordyline were planted to give the garden a focal point and create an instant sculptural statement to the garden design. These plants are low-maintenance and in time will clump, creating a stylish contrast to the brick work and rock garden.
We added this small plant with the commercial name Silver Nugget. This silver cushion bush is very hardy and will grow to a 50x50cm clump. This beauty is great for coastal areas and in time will make a striking contrast to the garden design with its silver foliage and tiny yellow button flowers in spring. With low water requirements these nuggets are perfect!
The front garden design was completed with 4 x Lime Tuff from the Lomandra species which are a bright green native grass, have low water needs and will grow to 50cm wide.
We also added three red fountain grasses, a native know as Pennisetum setaceum "Rubrum". This beauty has burgundy coloured foliage and will bear pink flower spikes in the summer months creating bold and dramatic colour to the rock garden.
Out the back
The back of the house will be kept tidy and mud free with pebbles and square pavers.
The backyard was laid with exposed aggregate concreting and a wrap around garden bed was constructed with a wood platform landing.
This small courtyard landscape design is perfect for entertaining friends, just add a table and bbq to finish it off.
Out the back we planted more Lime Tuff grasses and 3 bright green cushion like plants known as "Scleranthus biflorus".
Along the fence we also planted some "Everygreen Baby" and "Patersonia- long purple flag" along the fence.
The tenants to this house will be very lucky!
We want to wish both our clients all the very best on these two homes. We definitely had fun working in the wet, rain and mud!!
We recently completed a side path landscaping makeover for a lovely house in Mt Martha on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Our clients are getting their house ready to sell and wanted to transform their side path into a space that looked great and was easy to access.
A modern landscape design path was chosen that was low-maintenance and allowed our clients to add their own plants.
The project involved removing the old wood edging and constructing a new retaining wall edging to hold the path toppings in place and create a garden bed.
Next a bamboo screen was installed to cover the neighbours garage wall and create a feature wall which could be viewed from the main bedroom. A side gate was also installed which was constructed using cyprus paddle pop pickets.
The ground was levelled out and weed mat was laid down. The garden bed was filled with black mulch topping and golden beach screenings was laid over the side path walk-way area.
Lastly 40 x 40 cm square charcoal pavers were placed on the top of the screenings.
Our lovely clients will be adding their own plants to the garden bed and bringing colour to the bamboo screen feature wall by adding their own large planters and filling them with their favourite plants.
We think the space looks great! All the best with selling your house guys!
Our great clients in Bittern who both have busy schedules, the wife a Nurse and husband in the Navy, needed some landscaping help to tidy up their newly built property in Bittern on the Mornington Peninsula.
With two very active dogs who like to get up to mischief, the couple wanted a landscape design that was not only very functional but practical as well.
When we first started the project, the backyard was a blank canvas, aside from rubbish left over from the build. A patio was first constructed using timber for the posts and frame, and the roof was covered with colour bond sheets. Next concrete was laid. The result of the area was a low-maintenance outdoor space that can be now used for outdoor activities and entertaining.
The last stage of the transformation involved clearing out the backyard and laying down fresh grass. We then built a low-maintenance garden bed that wrapped around the border of the fence and filled it soil and topped with river pebbles.
Our clients have been delighted with the results. They are choosing to plant their own plants and see how their dogs behave in their new, fresh and clean backyard.
All the best guys!!
Preparation for concreting
Concreting and a free standing water tank which was also installed
Backyard before transformation
Old grass has been removed and a wrap around garden bed constructed.
Soil preparation for turf
A clean, tidy and low-maintenance backyard landscape design, perfect for a home with dogs!
Our lovely clients in Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula, had a round-a-bout in their front yard that had become overgrowth with stalky and dead plants. Their was a path design through-out this round-a-bout defined with timber edging, but the timber had rotted away and the path was in need of a make-over.
The goal was to restore the existing round-a-bout area using steel edging to create clean and strong borders, then filling the path with torquay white rock pebbles which had been used previously.
The clients wanted to keep the feature tree and plant a few extra olive trees in the garden too.
It took 3 people to bend the steel edging around the tree, which was then welded into place using steel pegs.
The clients loved the end result. What do you think?
Before Steel Edging
After Steel Edging
When it comes to your backyard it's amazing how much things can change over time. We have a classic example here where a retaining wall was constructed years ago and was covered quickly by a creeper. One day our clients decided to cut back the creeper, and found that the creeper was all dead and stalky underneath.
Our clients cleaned up all remnants of the creeper and found that they didn't like what was staring back at them, an old retaining wall that they thought looked ugly. Not only was the retaining wall old, it didn't suit the design of the house and surrounding lovely pool area.
Old Retaining Wall
Our clients had two goals:
1. Give their retaining wall a makeover
2. Create something to hide the ugly pool pumps and pipes.
We came up with a solution.
1. Create a retaining wall that was all one height and not jagged like the existing design structure.
2. Hide the pumps and pipes by extending the retaining wall.
3. Give the retaining wall a fresh look that complemented the house by creating a rendered retaining wall look that matched the colour of the house.
A preparation base coat was then added to the blue-board.
After two top coats the rendered retaining wall was complete and looking great!
Finished Rendered Retaining Wall
We recently transformed our clients side yard into a private and low-maintenance personal sanctuary in Mornington.
The original vision for the area was to create a space with
- Low levels of direct sunlight to safe guard our client against strong sun rays
- Low maintenance garden and lawn
- Greater privacy as one of the fences was adjacent to a walk-way
- A feeling of a personal and private sanctuary, but also large enough to host family and friends
The solution to our clients vision was
-Removal of the old pergola and replace it with a new, larger pergola
-To construct a second pergola large enough to provide shade for a large lounge suite
-Laying down synthetic grass which is low maintenance, visually attractive and looks and feels real
-To build a wrap around raised garden bed with drought tolerant plants
-Insert bamboo screens for added privacy and visual aesthetics
-Insert a low-maintenance water feature to enhance the spaces tranquil feel
Overall the project went as planned and now our client has a fresh slate to add his personal touch. Our client can't wait to sit on his lounge and gain inspiration for his writing.
We love landscaping on the Mornington Peninsula and love creating a special outdoor space for our clients to relax in.
We recently built a new deck and created new access to the backyard for a property at Moonah Links Golf Course, in Rye. The outdoor area consisted of a sunk-in courtyard and our client wanted to be more elevated to enjoy the great views of the course. Our goal was to create a platform deck that flowed more naturally from the outdoor paved area, whilst still maintaining a slight sunk-in courtyard feel.
There was no access to the back of the property and out onto the golf course. We create a neat path and used AA Grade Recycled Sleepers to built natural looking steps to complement the property and natural surroundings.
A side deck platform was also built adjacent to the larger deck so that our client could use his BBQ in a more open space and cook out in the open nature. The side deck platform also created more space so that the BBQ and cooking area wasn't impinging on the dinning area.
Our client was delighted with the transformation and has more plans currently in place for a new pool. Stay tuned to see the finished transformation.
Mel & Regan Spence
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