The need for structural piers further complicated the job, as did the restrictive thoroughfare, which made the supply of materials from the front of the house to the work site at the back problematic.
Demolition to final planting, took five months, resulting in enhanced views and ‘‘negative spaces’’ softly faded away.
‘‘There are many hidden resting spaces dotted about. As you go through the garden, what was once a hike is now broken up with a collection of tropical plantings of many varied colours, shape and form,’’ says Chris.
The garden is a rich wonderland of plants including Japanese buxus box hedge, gardenias, liriope and golden cane palms. Chris worked with tumbled travertine for the terraces, chosen for its slip-resistant properties. Other materials used include a Quartz Z-panel on the enveloping wall, which looks like stacked stone and adds a nice contrast, while Tuscan tiles decorate the wall of the barbecue. Railings were also replaced with aluminium-coated metal.
‘‘They were fabricated especially for the project. It would have been much cheaper to buy pre-cut, but they (the railings) had to be specially made.’’
The spotted-gum pergola features an ornamental grape plant which, in time, will cover the pergola and provide shade.