The clients had an existing block wall that retained the second upper level of the garden. Costly and difficult to remove, we decided to make a feature of this wall by rendering it to allow it to be painted to a colour of the clients' choosing. The client also had an extremely large area of paving outside the back door, which was larger that actually required, so the design broke this space up using soft organic curves and spirals that bisected each other in large sweeps across the space.
We also broke the large area of hard landscaping up by using three different types of material to create interest—two types of sandstone paving for the area directly outside the patio doors with a broad section of mint fossil sandstone sweeping from the integrated seating area wrapping around the side of the house. We used the existing wall and extended it further back to create an opportunity to include some railway sleeper seats and table. Planting in the space consisted of strong architectural plants interspersed with feathery grasses nestling alongside long flowering perennials.