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2015 Landscape Queensland Construction Awards

Category Winner 2015

Well It was another fantastic evening at the annual Landscape Queensland Construction and Excellence Awards which this year was held at the Lovely Hilton in Brisbane.

It is always a fantastic way to catch up with fellow landscapers, chat about current trends and see what amazing projects have been constructed throughout the year.

This Year was the biggest Awards night to date with a record amount of entry’s showing a sign of the times. Living Style Landscapes was the proud recipient of two of these awards taking out the ‘Architect Design and Construct’ category and also ‘Irrigation’ .

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This year saw the Sunshine Coast dominate the evening with seven Awards being presented to  Coasts Landscapers. Adding to this was two commercial projects which included the revamp of Alexandra Headlands and also Bells Park, Caloundra West. This is a very encouraging sign for the Coast which is starting to see some very high calibre projects being created.





2012 Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards


We were recently lucky enough to have the opportunity to undertake a very enjoyable project in Peregian Springs. This particular project consisted of a tired rendered wall as a pool backdrop which needed some serious attention.

In consultations with the clients we came up with a few necessities for the wall.

  • The wall needed extra height to screen from the neighbours
  • Greenery to soften
  • Trees for shade
  • Somewhere to sit
  • Storage for the pool toys

So in conclusions a plan was drawn up and after a few changes here and there the project got under way!

The site was a very long and narrow wall with not a lot of room between the pool and the fence. So a bit of imagination was needed to add the greenery. One of the easiest ways to add some plants to a narrow area  or limited space is to go up! So a vertical greenwall was a great choice here.

Click here for more photos of Greenwalls 

Adding extra height to the wall was a simple step with the addition of rendered blue board on top.

For the trees we needed to erect a couple of planter boxes. The beautiful ‘Tristaniopsis Luscious’ with green glossy leaves were planted with a border of rhoeos for a splash of colour.

Another very important requirement for this side of the pool was some seating. It was decided on a Daybed which I think was a very good choice! Obviously there are many different varieties of Day beds that you can choose from, either buying one already made or constructing your own.  We went down the path of constructing one with Timber slats and stacking stone around the day bed, creating a lovely contrast between the timber and stone. This Daybed was also made extra special with the added benefit of a lift up lid for storing all your pool noodles!


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With such a long wall it really needed a variety of different products to add specific points of interest so you don’t get lost in its vastness. With inclusions of Timber, stone, daybed, planter boxes, screens and a vertical Greenwall, I think this was achieved.

We are quite proud of this project as it recently won ‘Best Residential Feature’ in the 2012 Landscape Queensland Construction and Excellence awards.



The 2012 Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards Gala Dinner was held on Saturday 3rd November 2012, and celebrated Queensland’s Landscaping industry’s highest achievers. This year we had an outstanding level of competition with record entries across 19 categories. Not only do the awards acknowledge and celebrate the talented work of contractors, it also acknowledges the training and development of young apprentices and trainees.

The 2012 Construction of the Year award was awarded to Ace Landscapes for their work on the Stone Ridge Estate in Narangba. The ‘outdoor classroom walk’ wins primarily because the quality of the workmanship is almost flawless. In an industry that works with organic materials, site, weather, time and cost constraints this level of workmanship is hard to achieve.

Local contractor from Eudlo, Living Style Landscapes won the Best Feature for Residential Category Award. The judges were impressed by the level of workmanship in the construction of this project.

“Features such as a thriving green wall, feature fencing panels and clever timber storage seating box helped this Peregian Springs entry to stand out as the winning feature landscape.

With skilful stonework, render and timber decking, this is an excellent, well executed project which illustrates what can be done to turn a fence into a landscape feature”.

The Gala dinner was a successful night for Queensland’s landscaping industry, giving members a chance to mingle and celebrate the year’s work, with all their achievements and creativity being displayed to their peers.

Landscape Queensland is the peak industry body that represents the interests of the states landscape and garden maintenance contractors, designers and suppliers of products and services. To find a Landscape Queensland member please call 1300 883 966.


Rebecca Grugan, m 0409 649 321

Queensland Homes and Outdoor living Magazine 2012



Check out our spread in the latest edition of QLD Homes, Outdoor living Magazine.

Click here to see the Article

This Montville property had plenty of scope for landscapers to work their magic. and what a job they have done on this two acre parcel of land. When leigh Barrett from living style landscapes first met with clients ian jones and jen polley at their stunning home it was obvious that there had to be a real connection between the house and the pristine natural surroundings. the sprawling pavilion style home is nestled on the banks of the obi obi creek with the hills of Montville providing a magnificent backdrop. Over a cup of tea with the owners, a plan was devised incorporating pathways connecting the pavilions, edible garden areas, an outdoor shower to rinse off after a dip in the creek and a water feature at the entrance to the main pavilion. the first steps had been taken. The outcome was a subtle and graceful plan that would allow the residence and environment to become one. the idea was to have a flowing pathway down the slope from the top of the property to the main pavilion below.

this was achieved with a meandering trail of gympie sandstone steppers interspersed with Zoysia, or no Mow grass, joining all five pavilions. remarkably there is only one step in the entire path, allowing a leisurely stroll down the steep slope. Mindful of the desired subtle end result, all landscaping materials used have been carefully chosen to complement the house and integrate with the environment. the gympie sandstone is similar to the stone used on the feature walls on the outside of the home, while other elements such as aluminium edging, simple plantings and the beautiful soft grey of the olive trees all contribute to the air of elegant simplicity.entry to the main pavilion, which comprises kitchen and dining areas, is over a bridge that spans a reflection pond complete with goldfish. the view from here is breathtaking, looking through the pavilion and a wall of glass to the forest and creek below. the beautiful kitchen garden is conveniently located near the back door and includes citrus trees, grapevines, olive trees and an extensive herb garden, making it easy to pop outside to pick fresh produce whilst cooking. to allow the views to take centre stage, simple, expansive lawns of sir Walter sweep down to the bushland and creek below. steps made from recycled timber lead up from the creek to an outdoor shower located outside the main pavilion allowing for a quick rinse-off before entering the home. a stunning outcome was achieved with a harmonious landscape that now complements both ian and jen’s home and lifestyle. living style landscapes is a sunshine coast based business that has been creating quality projects for the past 15 years. leigh Barrett heads living style landscapes’ young, active and experienced team, who offer an efficient and reliable service. they have a proven record of excellent communication,
reporting and management skills and getting projects completed on time and
within budget.
Living Style Landscapes, Sunshine coast
M 0412 742 666 p 07 5478 8786

QLD Garden Expo


We recently helped our friends from Sanctum Screens to create a lovely display at the QLD Garden Expo to showcase the fabulous Designer screens Sanctum has to offer. The display encorporated a lovely greenwall to set of the screens.


A few lovely picks from the Qld Garden Expo.

Sanctum Screens

If you have any queries regarding the screens or the greenwall please contact us


Queensland Homes Outdoor Living Magazine



Well it’s getting close to that time of year again when we gather our thoughts and decide on which project we would like to showcase in this years Queensland Homes Outdoor Living magazine. It’s always a tough choice narrowing it down to just one job that we have completed over the past year but we think this year is a cracker!

The project that we decided to go with is situated in the very beautiful Montville/ Maleny region in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.  Living Style Landscapes has produced many lovely projects in the area with this one taking the cake for pristine surrounds and amazing pavilion style residence.

The very talented Anastasia greeted us last week on a very lovely Autumn afternoon to take the pics.

Anastasia in Action


The magazine is still in the collaboration phase so has not yet gone to print but we will keep you posted as to when we can anticipate its release.

 click here to see before and after photos of project

Queensland Homes-Outdoor Living Magazine Cover



WE MADE THE COVER! Check us out in the latest addition of Queensland homes- Outdoor living magazine.  With a great spread on page 56 of a stunning project featuring, imported Indian windows & door, custom made granite pavers, recycled timber features, pavilion and running water fall. An exciting project to have been involved with.