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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator css=".vc_custom_1545017480330{margin-top: 223px !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="Small Garden Design"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Garden design for a small space can be challenging. If not carefully planned, the space can end up cluttered, uninteresting and a poor use of space. The best place to start is to compile a list of your requirements. What do you want featured within the space? How do you plan to use the space? Which materials and colour palette do you like?  Your list might include a barbecue or outdoor kitchen, a dining table or somewhere to sit and relax, a water feature, some greenery and garden lighting. After you have established your wish list, the fun part starts- design! For small spaces, the key is not to 'over design'. Over-designed spaces can look cluttered and make an already small space look even smaller, they can also clash or compete with your home.   Start by positioning cooking facilities ideally near or beneath the alfresco to enable close proximity to your kitchen and dining area. This may mean the incorporation of an extractor fan to service your barbecue. The exception are pizza ovens which are best positioned further from the house for smoke reasons. By doing this, they also create a hub to gather around during the cooler nights- a perfect gathering for cooking not only pizzas but a roast or even toasting marshmallows with the kids. Just ensure the oven is positioned so that smoke doesn't affect your neighbours! Storage for cooking facilities is also important- even a simple cupboard or drawer setup can create storage for cooking utensils and keep benches or tables uncluttered.   Next, consider how you will use the space and the type of furniture you will have. Decide whether you want to use the space for dining and entertaining, relaxation or both (if you have space). Outdoor dining settings are best positioned close to your kitchen or barbeque. Relaxation lounges or daybeds can be positioned in a corner of your yard further away from the house to draw you out and create a quiet corner for reading a book or magazine. Built in seating is a great idea for a small space. Some spaces are so small there may be no room for dining or lounge furniture so a built in bench seat, daybed or L-shaped seat to one corner of your yard can maximize space and functionality. A custom built seat can also be a feature in itself- picture some nice cushions, a Travertine stone top with contrasting Blackbutt battens to the face. When combined with lighting they can create some wow factor for your small space.   Flooring and walling is best kept simple. Small spaces always benefit from a simple material palette- choose one material and stick with it. You may choose honed aggregate for flooring which will provide a seamless look and help to open up your space, large format paving around 600x600mm will do the same, or wide board decking ideally in a lighter colour- Blackbutt or Pacific Teak are ideal. Avoid smaller pavers or dark colours as they tend to make a small space look even smaller. Boundary walls or fences are best kept simple as well- white or neutral light coloured rendered walls will provide the illusion of more space and light coloured fences will do the same. Cladding walls or screening fences with a light coloured timber can create a nice feature to be viewed from your home but be careful not to overuse timber as it will have less of an impact if overused. Dark colours can look good in larger spaces but avoid using in a small area. Wall art or a water feature on your boundary can also create a focal point and draw your eyes out. Just be careful when selecting a water feature and choose something that is quiet and has a slow trickle- keep in mind water noise can echo in a small space.   Small enclosed areas can often get hot, so consider a shade option during the planning process. Something simple like a shade sail or something more structural such as an extension of your alfresco roof or a freestanding roof structure. Steel or timber posts are a good option, especially if cantilevered off the fence- they will have minimum impact on the rest of the yard. Avoid using brick piers as they will take up too valuable space.   Greenery is an important component for any garden and especially a small one. People often think a small space would benefit from no gardens and maximum paving- wrong! By carefully positioning even the narrowest of gardens 200-300mm wide around the perimeter of your yard, it will enable you to incorporate some narrow planting such as bamboo or even creeping Ficus which will attach itself to your boundary wall. Any type of greenery will help soften your small space and create a vibrant area. Raised planter boxes are also great, not only creating a raised garden but also doubling as seating.   Lighting will transform any space but particularly a small one- garden lighting creates a lovely ambience and brings your space to life at night. It creates more of an outdoor room feel by providing definition to the area.   Depending on your budget, a small spa can also create a great place to relax year round and will draw you out to your space during the cooler months. 2x2m spas can slot into most small courtyards with ease and offer a great alternative to a pool if you don't have space for one. Having said that, even pools if carefully designed, can sit against your house if engineered and constructed in conjunction with a new home, maximizing your surrounding space.   The key for a small space is in the planning- plan it well and the results will speak for themselves. If you follow these tips, you can't go wrong![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color="white" css=".vc_custom_1534347495319{margin-top: 223px !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width="stretch_row_content_no_spaces" width_100="yes" parallax_speed="5" parallax_x="0" parallax_y="0"][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source="post_title" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:left" use_theme_fonts="yes"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Clients often ask me whether a garden design is required for their project. To accurately answer this question, a few variables must be considered first. We must assess the level of detail required as well as the clients’ budget and the construction scope. When it comes to budget, if the project value is between 10-20k and consists of a simple lawn area with a few ground level gardens and paving, you might not need a design. But if that’s the case, it’s important to make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of layout. There’s nothing worse than the quoted scope not matching what a client wants; if there is no design provided, these discrepancies generally don’t become evident until the construction phase (the client returns home from work and the lawn area is a lot smaller than they had anticipated)! In situations when a design is not required, good communication is vital to ensure you know what you’re getting. For more detailed projects which might have items such as a pool, roof structure, level changes, planter boxes, walling or an outdoor kitchen, the answer is yes- a design is a vital part of your project and something you should consider carefully as it will maximise your investment and outcome. To use an analogy; when you build a house, you receive your house plans, review them and once you’re happy with the layout, specifications and materials, you sign off on them. This process creates a clear understanding of what you’re getting and ensures a result which will match your vision and budget, as well as a smooth construction phase. A garden design is exactly the same. First you will research and choose a landscaping company, you will then meet on site to discuss your project in detail. From there a fee will be presented for your garden design and you will choose if/when to proceed. The value of a good garden design becomes fully evident in the end result of your project. It’s easy to plot in some lawn, a few planter boxes and a water feature, but the important things quite often get overlooked such as material cohesion, finished levels and positioning of big ticket items such as a pool or roof structure. You would be surprised how often I meet with a client who has already installed their pool prior to engaging a designer, and their pool has been installed in the wrong spot! The pool company might simply suggest the pool be installed in the easiest or most cost-effective position. Often that means you’re left with surrounding areas which are disjointed, divided by pool fence barriers and unconnected to your alfresco or home.  A garden design will help maximise functionality by creating a layout which is seamless and best suited to you and your family.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row parallax_speed="5" parallax_x="0" parallax_y="0" css=".vc_custom_1536487428992{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_gallery interval="3" images="1113,1301,1619" img_size="800x400" css_animation="none"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] When considering your budget, if you’re looking to spend upwards of 30k I would suggest you consider engaging a designer first. A scaled 2D drawing will allow the entire yard to be designed with items such as pools, roof structures, walling, entertaining/seating areas, lawn/gardens to be positioned to maximise functionality and visual impact. Pools should be positioned so that they don’t interfere with services such as Water Corporation sewer mains. A concrete pool can also be designed to suit a specific space; dimensions, depth and shape are all open to discussion. Wading areas, seating and even a swim-up bar can be incorporated. You should also consider positioning your pool so it can be seen from inside your home; even in winter when not in use, pool lights can be switched on and your pool becomes a glowing body of water which can be viewed from the home. Pool pumps can be noisy so equipment should be positioned in an area where the noise won’t impact you and ideally screened out of sight. Roof structures should be positioned to comply with council regulations. They will also create a zone for entertaining or relaxing and are quite often best positioned further away from your existing alfresco area to draw people out to the yard. Positioning of all remaining components within your garden is just as important. A good design should take in account your material palette, to ensure cohesion and visual interest. Materials such as paving, walling, stone cladding, timber decking, painted render and ceiling finishes should all connect together and compliment your homes exterior and interior. A good design will also include a detailed plant list, one which takes into consideration specific species suited to specific areas such as full sun, shade or coastal conditions. Plants can also be used to hide unsightly fencing and soften areas such as paved courtyards. A good design will specify finished levels; whether a deck can be level with your internal flooring for a seamless indoor-outdoor transition, how many steps might be required to access a sunken fire pit or lawn area or the heights of walls or planter boxes. Most importantly, a good design should not only impress you, it should be tailored around your wish list, your lifestyle and meet your budgetary requirements. A 2D design will help you visualise what the end result will look like and will explore possibilities and ideas which quite often get glazed over. 3D design will go even further, helping you to visualise your new garden or pool. Whatever you decide, remember you’ll be living in this space and that means it should be perfectly suited for you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...