Queensland Homes and Outdoor living Magazine 2012



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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
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