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!
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.
Our clients in Safety Beach wanted to add some privacy to their front courtyard and desired a landscape construction solution that complemented their existing modern rustic landscape design.
Our clients chose corten steel laser cut panels from Westernport Laser Cutting as they provided views onto the street and added curb appeal through their creative pattern design.
We used 150 x 150 mm dressed Cyprus Posts to brace the corten steel panels and create a beautiful border to complete the look. Corten steel panels are a great creative option for use on coastal properties as the screens are designed to rust and can be used for fencing, outdoor screens or even as an outdoor metal art focal point.
Our clients love the end result and so do we!
We recently created a front yard landscape makeover for a property in Mornington on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Our clients wanted to create a transformation that was low-maintenance whilst also complementing their existing landscape design. When we first met with our clients their front yard had a large hedge which they found to be high maintenance and was not adding any extra appeal or use to their front yard.
The hedge was approximately 1.5 metres wide and created privacy for our clients, but the existing grass on their front yard wasn't growing and their current drive-way was quite narrow so they didn't have much space when reversing their car from the garage.
The goal of the project was to create a private court-yard garden that our clients could enjoy.
After the hedge was removed.
The old grass was removed and a front paling fence was constructed with cyprus posts to create privacy.
Front fence completed
Turf-blend topping was laid to level out the ground and create a healthy foundation for the fresh grass turf to grow. A planter box was also constructed around the existing garden to help define the area.
Fresh Sir-Buffalo Grass being laid
Before and After
Sir-Walter Buffalo Grass was laid
Quality steel edging was constructed around the existing garden to help contain the mulch toppings and create a neat boarder.
Fresh mulch was also laid throughout the gardens and and the grass was topped with new soil in the joins which new grass will grow through.
The new fence was painted.
You can also see in the photo below how the drive-way was widened using Lilydale topping crushed rock.
Our clients loved the finished look and have had friends also comment on how great their new private court-yard garden looks!
We recently constructed a flat top natural cyprus picket fence for our great clients sloping corner property in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula. We love quality landscape construction and our clients loved their new front fence with entrance gate. Now their property is more secure and the fence adds curb appeal to their property. Win-Win!
Check out our photos and let us know what you think?!
Coastal and rustic quality fencing by Coastal Creations Landscaping on the Mornington Peninsula.
Quality new picket fence & gates with an automatic swing system for a home in McCrae on the Mornington Peninsula
We recently installed a new picket fence and gates with an automatic swing system for a home in McCrae on the Mornington Peninsula. We constructed the 1.8 metre picket fence with capping using 70mm x 20mm cyprus pickets, 150mm x 50mm cyprus capping and treated pine sleepers and rails.
The line of the fence was slightly sloping so we installed each panel with a 100mm step down. Metal gates were wielded in our workshop and then were sent away to get powder coated. We also installed a letterbox into the fence.
Once powder coated, the strong metal frame gate was cladded with cyprus pickets and hung. The whole fence and gate has been painted by the client and is just waiting for a top coat. Dean from Southern Peninsula Gates installed the automatic gate swing system which is the FAAC brand.
Our clients love the security their new fence brings and the ease of their new automatic gate system.
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 just finished installing a custom built rustic steel screen with a cyprus border for our lovely clients in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula. Our clients wanted to create interest and a focal point at the back of their house.
We were excited to fill up this blank canvas space!
We constructed a 2x3 metre steel screen using 50mm x 3mm flat bar steel and 125mm x 125mm cyprus posts with 150mm x 50mm capping as the border.
The steel screen was woven using 50mm spacing squares, which is a fairly tight weave for steel construction.
Our lovely clients will be planting a local native climber at the base of the screen to give the area greenery and pops of colour when it flowers.
The steel is designed to rust which in time will create a great rustic effect for this space.
We recently constructed a standard paling fence on a not so standard property in Frankston. The property was situated in Frankston hot spot area, Oliver's hill.
The beautiful ocean views were counterbalanced with super steep slopes, sliding soil and the enquistive neighbours. This was definitely one of those landscape construction jobs that they don't include in the manual.
The weather was great and moving the posts up the hill felt like we had signed up to a boot camp.
With people walking and running up the adjacent stairs for exercise, it was heaven sent when the Mt Eliza junior boys Redlegs football club came across us in their training. The young, fit and very kind boys helped us move all our upright posts up the hill via the stairs, Paul Vosti the coach, you are an absolute legend!
Tackling the steep slope was our greatest challenge. Moving the materials , digging holes and placing materials into position all became a bit trickier. We definitely had fun chasing our shovels, levels and posts from sliding down the hill.
We dug the upright posts in deeper to give the fence more stability. When dealing with slopes like this, quality construction is even more important to ensure that the fence is built to stand the coastal elements.
We got the job done in two days and we think it looks great. Thanks to everyone involved!
Our clients came to us with a vision of a fence they wanted. They had seen a fence that they loved in Flinders and wanted to replicate it on their Dromana beach side property. They fell in love with a white paddle pop picket fence with country gates.
And so the construction began.
Due to the sloping block of our clients we chose to create slight step ups in the fencing line to give a nicer visual effect.
125mm x 125mm cyprus posts were used with treated pine sleepers to hold the dirt and treated pine rails.
1.2 metre paddle pop pickets were used. Country style gates "spring spring" were attached which had a 90 degree in and outward swing range. The gates were pre-painted with a base and top coat by the manufacturer.
The clients had chosen to paint the entire fence themselves and we were very excited to see the final result.
Stay tuned for the finished fence!!
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.
Mel & Regan Spence
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