Testimonial:

Duka Landscape Project

The project was a very close collaboration between our clients Boris and Liz Duka, as well as our landscaping contractor Tim McFarlane from TMac Landscapes, with the intention of converting their under-utilised front gardens into a series of key landscape spaces, which complemented their existing Mid-Century residence.

Brief: To carefully convert the under-utilised, front gardens into a series of key landscape spaces, which complemented their existing Mid-Century residence.

Key design features:

Curved brick and breezeway concrete block wall, which complements the existing Mid-Century architectural elements of the property, while also establishing garden boundaries and enclosing the primary courtyard spaces.

  • The extensive use of Tuscan stone crazy paving for the retaining walls, raised garden beds and lower pavement areas between the courtyard and house.
  • Natural Cypress Pine timber posts combined with H3 treated pine, painted timber shade structures.
  • A combination of traditional and contemporary planting schedules based on their practical and aesthetic qualities.

Ecologically sustainable design principles used:

The extensive use of fixed shade battens on the pergola structures combined with strategically located trees, enabled us to lower the internal house temperatures on the west side of the house by as much as 7oC during the traditionally hot periods of the day and year (2pm-4pm, November-February).

Project Time Frame

The project took 1.5 years to complete; first client meetings to establish design brief, scope of works, budget and projected time-frames, site analysis and initial design responses, final working drawings and actual construction, including plumbing, electrical, concreting, masonry, paving, carpentry and painting through to the introduction of new soils, laying new turf and extensive planting programs.

Budget

The project was delivered on time and within budget ($150,000, which included all landscape architecture, building and landscaping services, as well as materials, soils, turf, plants and trees).

Credits

Text & Editing: Rebecca Gleghorn

Website: Karl Nemsow