This little property in Elwood is one that is crying out for the E-GA touch. Working alongside Benichou Architects, the garden design will be sympathetic to the period features of the front, while exploring a more contemporary look out the back. Apart from the large Canary Island Date Palm which the client is keen to retain, the garden is a blank canvas to work with.
Currently in the Schematic Design stage, our initial feelings are to compliment the strong period features of the home – namely the clean curved lines of the front fence and building facade common amongst Californian Bungalows of this era. The front garden will see the use of organic patterns at ground level, created with ‘hit-and-miss’ paver edging, allowing the garden beds to extend. This surfacing will offset nicely against the aforementioned period features of the architecture.
We will also have a chance to use some old world plants with large textural foliage to bring back some period charm!
A sleeker approach to the surfacing and planting out the back provides a contemporary change to the front theme. We have used low ground covers between paving to create a space that is green underfoot but still fully functional and trafficable. We have run the creeping ground cover all the way up to the pool to get as much green as possible in the space without introducing a lawn.
Stay tuned to see how this garden develops.