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!
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.
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!
Our great clients in Frankston South love their new pool side revamp, the new outdoor space is ready for warm summer days.
Working alongside Genus Landscape Architects, we helped to transform the existing pool with fresh hard and soft landscaping including brush fencing, installing a spa, spa decking, corten steel panel walls, bamboo panels, new plants, drip line irrigation and landscape lighting to finish the landscape design all off.
The steps of the works performed by Coastal Creations Landscaping are listed below:
1. Spa dig out
2. Constructed retaining wall around the perimeter of the deck and around the spa
3. Laid the concrete slab for footing for the spa
4. Put spa in place
5. Built a sub floor around the spa, allowing an area for a trap door to access the spa
6. Laid spa decking
7. Installed corten steel panels around the spa and along the pool area.
8. Filled the spa
9. Installed bamboo panels to the garden shed
10. Took out old unusable soil from the garden beds and refilled them with clean organic garden blend soil.
11. Installed drip line irrigation
12. Installed lights in the garden
The corten steel panels are sold as black sheets and over time will rust beautifully creating a rustic wall around the spa that provides both protection and privacy.
Bamboo screens are a great way to hide garden sheds and create softness and relaxation in your landscape design. We planted bamboo in the garden bed just in front of the bamboo panels which will grow quickly creating softness and privacy in the pool area.
Many thanks to our amazing clients for spoiling us whilst we worked at your property. Thanks again to our great team for helping to create this beautiful landscape transformation in Frankston South.
We are currently working on a custom built outdoor dining table for these clients, so stay tuned! The reclaimed wood we are using is beautiful.
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.
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!
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 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!
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
Mel & Regan Spence
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