Wayne Butson of Design+Garden Landscapes tells us about a recent project.
We had a challenging Dunedin site to work on over Autumn, this was a small patio space behind tall block boundary walls, some up to 4 metres high. Challenging in the fact we had to crane over all materials and machinery into the site, then back.
The design we put forward was to be contemporary with the main feature a tall tiled water wall and outdoor fire. We had designed in some tricky exposed aggregate surfaces as pool capping and also planter capping, and the end result was great. The planters have been built in block, clad in hardwood, and then capped in the white exposed aggregate. Black exposed aggregate was used as the floating fireplace hearth and pool capping.
The water feature had to be engineered, as this was going behind one of the 4 metre high tilt slab boundary walls, so we ended up craning in a digger to excavate down 2 metres to solid wall footings, and then build back up the pool base and main water block walls. The water feature is simply a tiled indent which has water flowing down and into the pool. This is lighted and the tiles shimmer at night.
Lisa and Chris our clients have been great, and Chris is out most nights lighting the fire and sitting in our balmy Dunedin climate.
Paul and Haz from Design & Garden had a great time on site trying to sort out my design, and putting it all into action, and all and all a fun project.