Blog – Freshwater Garden

This home & backyard situated in Freshwater on Sydney’s Northern Seashores was as soon as an authentic 1950’s brick bungalow on a stage block of garden and not using a single plant or tree on the complete block.  It additionally occurs to be the household dwelling of our very personal, Josh & Anna Harrison.  Be sure to try the earlier than & after photographs on the very finish!!


After a significant renovation and rear extension a backyard design was applied to go with the {couples} way of life. “That is the primary dwelling we’ve renovated and we love the world, so we designed the home with children in thoughts.  Which was fortunate as a result of we now have a 12 week previous!” Says Anna. “We’re all the time having mates over so the backyard wanted to go with our love of entertaining”.


A big lined Noticed Gum deck extends off the rear of the home offering a protected space to dine and entertain.  “The again of the home faces North” Says Josh, “So the home was designed to seize as a lot solar as attainable.  We chosen Noticed Gum for the deck, as we wished the timber to show a silvery gray tone to match the interior flooring boards.”

The built-in BBQ with a elegant concrete bench high is ready in entrance of a vertical Noticed Gum display screen with copper areas had been used to separate the batons. 



The steps which lead down onto the garden, function an built-in bench seat and supply an awesome place to take a seat within the solar.  “It’s the right place to take a seat within the solar with a drink or studying a e book.” 



One other bench seat, this one made from stone, sits on the north west nook of the property and curves in entrance of a Jacaranda tree. “A shopper of mine who owns a property down within the Southern Highlands got here throughout some stone from a 150 12 months previous bridge that had not too long ago been demolished.  He requested if I wished it, and I used to be on my approach the subsequent day!” Says Josh.



The curved garden is surrounded with a mix of coastal, conventional, unique and screening crops.  The planting scheme and structure creates distinction by mixing the feel and tones of various foliage.  Characteristic bushes embody a Dracaena draco, Chinese language Elm, Jacaranda, Leopard Tree and a Coastal Banksia.

“We stay in a suburban space and we’re surrounded by neighbours.  We wished guests to stroll via the home and neglect that they’re in suburbia.” Says Josh. “All my favorite crops are on this backyard and I attempt to spend a minimum of slightly little bit of time within the backyard on daily basis, even when it’s only a little bit of pruning. I’m continuously including and relocating crops too.  Anna thinks the crops have anxiousness from a concern of change.”

The whole challenge could be seen here.




Dwelling renovation works carried out by Greg McNair from Mac Building Co.

Pictures by Hannah Blackmore.


Earlier than and After


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