Name: Laura Watson
Type of Project: Outdoor renovation
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Type of building: Semi-detached shop front/cottage with 1200 sq. ft. backyard
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We've already introduced you to Laura's backyard renovation project, and today we're taking a look at her inspiration for the finished space.
Probably the best word to describe the style we are hoping to achieve in our garden would be 'functional' — we want a space that encourages multiple uses.
We are doing all the design ourselves. I did the design of our kitchen and that was a process I really enjoyed. After living in a space, I think it’s easier to get a feel for what works. While playing around with designs and layouts for the garden, I toyed with the idea of creating a very geometric, modern space, but I didn’t feel it would fit with the more traditional style of our 1910 home. I decided that I would rather incorporate some curved lines, to create a softer feel, and to help break up the long, narrow space.
While searching for inspiration, I found that I was drawn to images which seemed to create very distinct areas, often utilizing different types of boundaries. I’m hoping to create something that has this feel — a space that invites you to explore. However, on the other hand, I’m aware that by trying to incorporate too much, or dividing the space too much, I could end up making the space feel too cluttered.
We are planning to incorporate the following components: an enclosed garage, a grassed area, an entertaining area, a small retaining wall where I’m hoping to establish some espalier fruit trees, and a small garden bed where Rika can have some fun! Although we love the look of wood decking, the cost and ongoing maintenance influenced our decision, so we’ve decided to do a paved area for entertaining, and we will order fresh turf for the lawn — to give it the best chance!
We're going with concrete pavers for the entertaining area, probably in a charcoal. We are going to recycle the red clay pavers from the pergola area and also any that we can salvage from the demolition of the outdoor toilet to use for the new walkway. Our garage will come from Olympic Industries.
Check out the intro post to read more about Laura's project and see diagrams of the proposed changes, and be sure to join us tomorrow as Laura discusses her budget.