Masterplan & Working Drawings – in conjunction with renovation of the cottage (2002)

This modest cottage on a narrow 1/4 acre block in the village of Burrawang (NSW Southern Highlands) had an established garden that had overtaken completely, severely limiting space for outdoor living, shutting out light to the house and closing off distant views to the rolling hills to the north; definitely not a blank canvas, the reverse in fact.

After assessing what was needed, an excavator and bobcat were used to remove approximately 80% of the vegetation, regrade the levels of the north facing backyard and establish a new gravel driveway to the south. The design is kept simple and in character with the traditional style of the cottage. The backyard became three areas including a flagstone paved terrace, a wider lawn terrace and a vegetable garden complete with shed and chook enclosure at the bottom of the garden. The existing pergola over the deck was stripped of its evergreen climber and roofed to provide covered external space, considered almost essential given the high rainfall of the area.

The central focal point (and source of joy) is a circular stone pond with a simple fountain which can be up-lit at night. It is sited so as to be enjoyed from both inside the house, and while out in the garden. Planting is kept relatively uncomplicated, comprising a garden of greens with contrasting textures and forms (rather than colours) providing a rich display.

See project gallery here.