Project: Ascot Vale

This rear garden design is a hidden gem located at the back of a quaint single storey Victorian home which opens to a contemporary extension to the rear. When the clients first approached us they were not quite sure what they were wanting for the garden. Only that a pool was required. We couldn’t really ask for much more when it comes to a brief and they were very open to new design ideas.

The back garden is perfectly sited to the north to have a pool. Slightly raised and centrally located in the garden, it presents as a functional water feature viewed from all areas of the garden as well as the rear rooms of the house. The pool also divides the spaces into garden rooms, all providing different functionality and view points.

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Off to the west side of the pool is a light pergola space. This is the entertaining hub of the garden featuring an integrated outdoor kitchen with plenty of bench space and a large outdoor fireplace. All softened with the draping tendrils of Virginia Creeper which provides the space with cooling foliage during summer and full sunlight for winter. The pergola helps reduce the bulk of the neighbouring two storey house which sits higher to the west while creating a canopy for the space below. The adjacent pool edge also acts as a bench seat for informal gatherings.

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The large deck space directly off from the house is the hot spot for catching the sun. Perfect for lounging by the pool. The space provides an alternative space for table and chairs if sun is your preference.

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The smaller space in the lower section behind the pool acts as a quiet passive space when you might need to escape and read or have an intimate chat. You can also get a peek into the pool through a glass wall as well as an overall view back at the house.

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Continue reading to see some before images.

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Now that the back garden is complete we just need to work them to finish the rest of the garden.  To be continued for the side and front gardens!

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