Concept Plan, Working Drawings & Project Management (2000)

The initial design task was to provide access from the lower ground floor level out into the landscape of this prime piece of grazing land near Bowral, a functionality not addressed in the original house plans. The solution was a sunken garden providing comfortable access to a level paved courtyard before ascending steps to the landscape beyond. A two-tier retaining wall system manages the level change gently with the lower wall set at a height comfortable for seating. A simple pond and fountain provide a central focal point from both within the house and the balcony directly above. The space is open to allow natural light to flood into the lower level of the house.

The garden includes outdoor entertainment areas, croquet court, tennis court and numerous water features including a small lake stocked with native fish. To the north, planting is minimal to preserve the views to the surrounding landscape. Open lawns roll down to a low ha-ha wall allowing the garden to blend seamlessly with the paddocks in the distance. Areas to the west and south are more heavily planted with trees and shrubs providing a sense of enclosure. While extensive, the garden retains a relatively informal and relaxed feel appropriate to a rural retreat.

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