Placing a pond in the front garden beside the ‘entry path’ achieved two objectives – create interest for human visitors to the home and encourage birdlife to stay a while after discovering the oasis of native plants surrounding the water.
It wasn’t long before James’ work at the front of the house led to the owners asking him to continue the collaboration beyond the front door.
The house was being renovated at the same time which led to a number of unusual architectural features like the 1.4 metre high retaining wall directly in front of the living areas to be removed, opening up views from the house.
The sloping block was a challenge with the owners keen to create an easy flow not only from inside to outside but beyond the perimeter of the house where a pool area, statement shade structure and lawn would invite the family and their friends to fully engage with the entire outdoor space.
James worked with the plans of architect, David Boyle (who designed the original home) and used clever planting, a mixture of both organic and manmade materials, stepped platforms and water features to achieve that ease of flow and an enchanting way to ‘journey’ to each destination within the yard.