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!
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 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 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!
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 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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