Our clients in McCrae on the Mornington Peninsula were excited to transform their new home build into a functional outdoor space that they could enjoy, including gardening, relaxing in their spa and adding their own artistic flair through sculpture.
The landscape construction needed to work with the natural upward sloping landscape, the materials and design chosen to capture our clients desire to create a relaxed and country cottage landscape design. The property faced onto a street and there was a property behind, both neighbours shared the same road access driveway.
The first step was to create structure, safety and platform areas out the back using retaining walls. We started from the back and built the retaining walls from the top down. Garden boxes were built around the existing small deck, which allowed our client to plant and create the perfect cottage garden with beautiful flowers. Sir Walter Buffalo grass was laid on the top area, the middle was chosen to be filled with plants and the lower level would be grass free with a vegetable garden and feature clothes line in the centre. On the bottom level, a custom built espalier frame was constructed and stainless steel balustrade wire was used. Sandstone pavers were laid in the grass free area with river pebbles laid around.
A small Merbau deck platform and steps were constructed to allow access to each level and Hillview granite was used in the step design which was locally sourced from Dromana. The larger side steps were built in collaboration with Dynes Eco Build. Our greatest challenge would have to be working with the slope, moving materials and especially a spa!
An existing structural retaining wall in the back was transformed using twisted Rio mesh to create a climbing wall for the plants over this retaining wall.
Up the top level our clients relax and unwind in their spa. Perfect Pool Fencing installed the glass fencing and we did the rest.
Out the front our clients wanted to build a space that they could further plant, including grow vegetables. A Corten panel wall was constructed to provide screening.
Out the front of the house, the area was cleared and two paths were constructed so that each neighbour could access their driveway from the road. The new landscape design was finished off with a custom designed Corten steel letter box, Western Port Lazer Cutting constructed and installation and design was by Coastal Creations Landscaping.
Our clients love their new landscaping and have spent many hours gardening and adding their personal touch!
Well done team!
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.
Coastal Creations Landscaping value quality workmanship and creating a safe outdoor environment for our clients on the Mornington Peninsula. We completed a landscaping makeover for our lovely 80 year old's holiday home on Arthurs Seat. The property was in need of some TLC and our client also needed safe access points around her home.
The first step in the landscaping construction process was to build a structural retaining wall that ran from the driveway to the front of the home. We had lots of fun digging away at the rock in Arthurs Seat to make room for the steel uprights. We also levelled out the driveway in preparation for a surface topping in the near future. The old steps were definitely not safe and the home also needed a fresh walkway and entrance steps from the street. We constructed the new steps and laid exposed aggregate concrete to create a natural look to the path. A new hand rail was also built to provide added safety when entering the home.
Our client and her family loved the finished look and had peace of mind knowing that the landscaping around the home was built with structural integrity and quality workmanship.
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
Recycled apple crates are a great, cost effective landscaping solution for growing vegetables in your garden.
Our clients in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula, had a space they wanted to create a veggie garden and so we got to work to make it happen. The area had a sloping bank and uneven surface, so the first step was to build a retaining wall to create a flat and solid platform which could be built upon. A circular retaining wall was chosen to create a flow in design for the natural area which would be complemented by steel edging. The centre of the area was filled with crushed rock and topped with Dromana toppings.
Five square recycled apple crates were positioned symmetrically in the area with even spacing all around.
The apple crates were prepared by first lining them with weed mat to allow for water drainage, and then heavy duty building plastic was lined around the sides. The crates were then half filled with scoria which is a light building material, with high drainage, that is used behind retaining walls.
Mushroom mulch was mixed with top soil and applied on top. This mix provides nutrients to the garden as the fruit and veggies grow.
Lastly an olive tree was positioned in the centre to finish the look.
The gardens are now bursting full of lots of delicious home grown fruit and veggies that our clients love including kale, broccoli, lettuce, spring onion, strawberries, basil, tomato and more!
A new front deck and porch was constructed for our clients in Tootgarook on the Mornington Peninsula. The existing porch was slowly falling apart and our clients wanted to build a fresh new porch with decking, including creating a wider and longer porch, and moving the access stairs to the front.
Pelawan timber decking boards were used instead of Merbau for this landscape construction project. These decking boards were chosen for their hard wearing and strength, our clients also loved the colour of the boards and wanted an alternative to the red colour of Merbau. The new decking and porch was created to ensure that it not only looked fabulous but was built to last.
When it came to the roofing, the existing roof was replaced with Zincalume Corrugated Iron to ensure that even in the summer months, the adjacent living room would be kept cool without the suns rays beaming through.
Our clients loved the end result and so do we!
Mel & Regan Spence
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