It is always a breath of fresh air when you work with Architects to come up with wonderful outdoor spaces. A credit to the openness of Neil Architecture to take on our ideas and have faith in us to achieve their brief as well as the owners. This grand but understated Federation style house in the heart of Hawthorn has been restored by Neil Architecture and updated with a contemporary two storey extension.
The owner’s brief was a lush green garden with seasonal colour so we have kept the plant palette simple and used perennial emergents to provide colour throughout the seasons. While these plants have been used in a traditional way out the front to compliment the Federation era, these plants are used en masse out the back to give a more contemporary feel.
The clean architectural lines of the rear extension are softened by vertical greening. Lighter sawn bluestone providing a seamless connection to the building and pool.
The use of canopied trees combined with a fixed pergola grounds the garden spaces and makes the areas more intimate. Boston Ivy blade walls provide an architectural solution to pool safety requirements and after displaying it’s Autumn colour the smooth concrete render of the wall is revealed over Winter.
There is no greater acknowledgement than when the client tells us that “the garden has become so much more than we expected. We love being outside in all of the spaces and also really enjoy the internal views of the garden from the house.”