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
Steel Edging makes landscaping maintenance a breeze and gives this Balnarring Beach house an edge on the Mornington Peninsula.
We recently installed 127 metres of steel edging for our clients Balnarring Beach house on the Mornington Peninsula.
Although our clients did have a low-maintenance landscape design they found that over-time their bushes had slowly grown over their drive-way, their grass lines weren't looking as sharp and mulch easily moved onto their roads.
Our clients had natural edging throughout their property but wanted their landscaping back to how it was about 4 years ago.
With the construction of steel edging, having a great looking property has now become so much easier.
1. Makes mowing or wiper snipping easier.
2. Contains mulch and toppings from garden beds.
3. Gives you a border along which you can spray weeds and cut back trees.
Steel edging in your landscaping will make your outdoors look neat and clean = smiles all year round :)
With the size of blocks getting smaller, we are finding more people looking for smart landscaping designs to maximise their outdoor living space on the Mornington Peninsula. Our clients are designing their outdoor landscape to enhance their lives and personal interests, whilst really thinking about what landscape design would suit them best.
We recently built a new picket fence for a young family in Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula. With two young girls who love to play outdoors in the fresh air, this young family needed a fencing solution. Their house was built on a corner block and their backyard was pretty much taken up by their outdoor deck. This mean't the girls trampoline was positioned on a grass area in their front yard. Like a lot of corner blocks, space is often wasted through the front yard.
This lovely family wanted to create a safe and secure area for their daughters to play and we did just that.
We built a 1.5 metre picket fence with capping, which complemented the existing picket fence that set the boundary of their property. A side gate was also installed to give easy access to their carport.
The family was delighted with their new picket fence and loved the privacy and security it gave to their family. The girls were also excited as having a new fence mean't that they could finally get the little dog they wanted for Christmas.
The family have chosen to paint the picket fence themselves and will be concreting their driveway in the near future. We wish them all the best!
We recently transformed a small backyard space that was over growing with weeds to a lovely low-maintenance courtyard landscape design for our clients in Mornington.
Our clients main objective was to have an outdoor space that was tidy and easy to maintain. This great space has good morning and afternoon sun, and the soil constitutes of about 200mm of top soil and below that is clay.
A wrap around raised garden bed was constructed then filled with river pebbles and drought tolerant plants that are easy to look after. The centre space was cleared and laid down with synthetic grass which is a great solution for a low-maintenance and beautiful lawn.
Our client was delighted with the end result and can't wait to start enjoying that great afternoon sun in his new courtyard.
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.
Here we have a project for new steps which started with our clients basic need for wheelbarrow and general access to the backyard, but finished in creating a beautiful, structurally built feature outdoor staircase for our clients to enjoy.
Not only do these new steps now provide easy and safe access to a backyard on a sloping property, they have extended the useable space that extends from an existing deck, whilst also providing multiple platforms for functional use.
The biggest challenge in this project was access to the property which required all materials to be hand carried to the back. The dimensions for the steps were 2.1 metres wide with a 190mm step height. The steps ran approximately 8 metres long.
The owner of Coastal Creations Landscaping, Regan was excited to create a unique and contemporary feature letter box for a property on Old Cape Schanck road. The owners allowed Regan to let his creativity go free, and that's how the solid Horse Shoe 3 Tier Cube letter box was formed.
Made out of approximately 150 recycled horse shoes, it weights over 100kg and stands 1.4 metres tall. A striking feature to anyone's property, this unique design add's appeal and interest. Held together by individual wields to each horse shoe, the boxes have been fixed to an angle iron frame. This beauty will last for years and years. The design has been finished with a small square pad for the electronic gates, a newspaper holder and square letter box. Coastal Creations Landscaping is excited about recycling horse shoes and creating wonderful outdoor metal art for our clients on the Mornington Peninsula.
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If you are looking for something different and unique to add to your property, we would love to hear from you.
A young couple recently purchased a house in Rye with no existing front fence. With two small children and a dog, the couple wanted a front fence and gates to provide security for their children, whilst utilising their front yard as a play area. The couple wanted a fence that suited their house and property, plus allowed them views to their natural landscape environment outside their home. Two drive-way gates and one pedestrian gate were also built as access points to the property.
The style chosen was a 1.7 metre Cypress Picket Fence with 125mm x 125mm Cypress Posts and 75mm x 200mm Treated Pine Sleepers.
The couple have chosen to stain the wood themselves to add a final finish to their natural looking picket fence.
Coastal Creations Landscaping has been working on a residential property transformation in Craigieburn, Victoria. The property is downward sloping, very rocky and in a high winds area. The client wanted a low maintenance and clean looking front and back.
The project was commensed in November 2013 with much of the initial work involving levelling out the soil with sand. A few days of heavy rain held the project back and made the work quite muddy and wet.
A retaining wall was added to create two distinct areas in the front yard, along with steps from the front porch to the letter box. The front path was completed with sleepers to create a visually appealing path to the front door.
River pebbles were added to the planter box and another planter box was added to the front for the clients feature tree.
We look forward to doing future work on this project and seeing it to completion.
Mel & Regan Spence
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