Our experience working with reclaimed timber on this project has been a sneaky double edged sword. But, being tenacious and like every great story, this project was triumphant against the many challenges faced by our skilled craftsmen in working with a timber that was over 120 years old. The excitement and enthusiasm to create a unique outdoor setting that had beautiful appeal and history for our great clients in Frankston South, was easily counteracted by the challenges and frustrations uncovered when dealing with the imperfections of reclaimed timber. But the timber had years left in her, and we were up for the challenge to transform the Douglas Fir timber into chic outdoor furniture that complemented their existing pool landscaping.
What were the challenges you may ask? Well, these 5 pieces of Douglas Fir timber were carefully selected by our clients but it took us over 7 hours to remove nails and screws embedded in the timber once upon a time when it acted as floor joists. After having the timber pieces milled and squared, all the hidden imperfections were now clearly visible, including burn marks and oil stains, which can cause reaction with sealants and vanish. And we did come across some annoying reactions during the curing process. But with persistence these challenges were overcome.
Our clients vision for the outdoor setting was to create an outdoor table and bench that had a distressed look with a white base to match their existing outdoor furniture. We got to work to first bog up the little holes in the timber, then painted the timber with weather shield white paint. Next our handy work came in by lightly hand sanding the timber to achieve a distressed and weathered look. Six coats of marine grade high gloss varnish were applied to all sides of the timber to seal and protect the surface from the outdoor elements. Time was needed to allow the coatings to cure and the weather played a big part in choosing the right days to paint due to humidity and heat.
DBG Engineering created the curved frames our clients were after and Kev's Powercoating & Sandblasting gave the steel a sleek black finish for an industrial look. The steel legs also nicely complemented the corten steel panels in the home's landscape design.
The table and bench seats were delivered just in time for an outdoor family event. We were very happy to finally send this project off to our clients, and our clients love the final result!
Thank-you to all of our great suppliers on the Mornington Peninsula. The outdoor furniture now glows with appeal and entices enjoyment, just like the liquid gold produced from the old Cartlon United Brewery which the timber was reclaimed from.
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!
Mel & Regan Spence
Welcome to Coastal Creations Landscaping on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. We hope you enjoy reading our blog. As the owners of Coastal Creations Landscaping we care about every project we are involved in.