New Home Landscape Design For Front Garden On Sloping Block (Craigburn Farm).
This imposing, three story new home sits across a double block overlooking a valley. The site is severely sloping and the soil contained heavy clay.
The client wanted to minimize the use of retaining walls to the front garden and allow the grounds to flow organically around the home. They were indifferent to the types of plants, but did want some lawn space for children to play on and to use for passive recreation.
When looking at the original site plan and contour map during the initial concept design meeting with the clients on-site, it was obvious that the space between the house and street would be narrow and steep, so the driveway was designed to run across the block in-front of the entrance and out on the uphill side. This created a driveway that had a comfortable slope and was easy to access and egress.
A concept design plan with a couple of concept sketches were drawn up with the clients to make sure we were all on the same page on how the landscape design on this sloping block at Craigburn Farm would look.
To avoid the use of high, intimidating retaining walls a series of offset, low walls was designed that create a flowing effect and stabilize the slope by providing level spaces that slope sideways around the walls. This new home landscape design reduced the expense considerably whilst also reducing erosion and allowing easy access for planting and early maintenance.
The plants discussed was an eclectic mix of native and exotic, chosen for drought tolerance, ease of care, colour and texture. Plants were carefully arranged for contrasting tone and texture with a selection of trees, shrubs, strappy leaf plants and groundcovers.
Trees: Claret Ash, Ornamental Cherry Plum and Queensland Box
Shrubs: Californian Lilac, Grevillea ‘Ruby Gem’, Banksia ‘Birthday Candles’, Indian Hawthorn and Orange Jessamine
Groundcovers: Snow-In-Summer and Native Fan Flower
Strappy Leaf Plants: Kangaroo Paw varieties, Flax Lily and Grass Trees
Happy with the shared vision and Tony’s understanding of the challenges involved, Living Pictures By Tony Stanton was asked to create the hardscape working drawings to show all the physical landscaping work and softscape plan for the plants.
So impressed the couple at Craigburn Farm were with the final plans, they requested Tony handle all the logistics involved for the landscaping work to be completed.
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