Design Details

It’s hard to imagine the modern age without steel. It’s the engineering backbone of major industry, from car manufacturing and infrastructure such as rail, roads and powerlines to the residential and commercial building sectors.
Before you can dig for foundations or plant a single tree, you need to know what kind of soil you’re dealing with. A loamy, basalt-based soil is the gold standard of soils, not too fine, not too coarse, and chock full of nutrients. But in greater Sydney, we’re far more likely to be dealing with either very sandy or clay-dense soil. So what does that mean? And is the news all bad?
An irrigation system is one of the cornerstones of a healthy garden, taking human error out of the equation to make sure plants get all the moisture they need – and none they don’t. In times of drought, a good system becomes all the more important in making sure water goes where it’s needed and none is wasted.
We love concrete in gardens, which might come as a surprise to some. To be clear, we’re not talking about turning the backyard into a carpark, but instead incorporating concrete as a key element in a greater garden scheme. Concrete is versatile, durable, low maintenance and, teamed with natural finishes and plenty of greenery, is a glorious landscaping material.
Building storage into the garden is not so much a luxury as a necessity. As our homes get smaller – and our accumulated stuff not so much – architects are obsessed with squeezing storage into every room, in new and innovative ways. Gardens are no different; the primary focus is creating an enjoyable, liveable space, which requires clutter be tamed and tucked out of sight!
Bricks are back in both architecture and landscaping, and we’re on board. You only have to wander through some of the more established neighbourhoods in Sydney to see the way the beautiful brick buildings have not only survived, but have actually become more lovely, as the bricks gain a rich patina of age over the decades. As we become more environmentally aware, ever with an eye on longevity, a material that remains so robust over time is undeniably appealing. To add to this, manufacturers are working hard to create new colours and shapes of bricks that appeal to a modern sensibility.
When running through their must-haves and lust-haves, clients rarely consider adding an outdoor shower to the list. But, while not as high profile as a pool or a built-in barbecue, an outdoor shower is a simple addition to a garden design and can be both practical and an unexpected joy.
Texture is an infrequently discussed element of garden design, but an essential feature of any well-crafted landscape. Just as in interiors, where texture is used to give appealing warmth and complexity to a room, texture is needed outdoors to create a multi-layered space that invites you to experience it with all of your senses.
Outdoor furniture is the most eye-catching – and probably the most practical – feature of your new garden scheme, so you want to be confident in your selection. But with so many options, choosing outdoor furniture poses the question – where do you even start? Here are some of the things we suggest clients consider to help them settle on just the right outdoor furniture pieces for their space.