A very steep block, restricted access and an old swimming pool were just three of the challenges facing Rolling Stone Landscapes when asked to take on the landscaping of this waterside home in Sans Souci.
The stunning home was being let down by unconnected and disjointed outdoor levels including an old swimming pool at the lowest level of the block, adjacent to the bay. The owners wanted better connection between the outdoor living areas so that they could relax, entertain and enjoy the magnificent views. This included constructing a new pool that was higher up within the steep block, and closer to the home, as well as designing landscaping that would provide better access to the water’s edge while making the whole block more usable.
Each obstacle of the project was expertly overcome. Excavators and trucks were brought in by barge to remove excess soil and waste from the property. Some materials were craned right over the house, including a feature mature Dacaena draco (Dragons Blood Tree) to accompany the two existing mature Frangipani trees already on the site.
Rather than fill in the old pool an ingenious and environmentally friendly approach was taken: a concrete lid was installed, transforming the pool into a huge rainwater tank for watering the lawns and gardens. A lush green lawn was overlaid upon this with a unique curved profile which is complimented by the edge of the infinity pool on the next level.
Designers used Eco light porcelain tiles which along with the sparkling blue pool tiles, create a contemporary palette that is clean and fresh, whilst timber decking and feature timber paneling is used in a cantilevered section of the outdoor pavilion area adding warmth to area. The main pavilion features a luxurious, fully equipped kitchen, inclusive of a wood fired pizza oven, sink and fridge, incorporates everything you need for comfortable alfresco dining.
The result of all this hard work is nothing short of a suburban oasis. The use of materials and shapes has been expertly thought-out so that each level of the block complements the other with a cohesiveness that is clearly evident when viewed from above and is a testament to the skill and experience of this award winning landscaping team.