I like the stone walls texture and colour and curves. I don't think we can build walls like that on the easement. Round social area is great. Not fan of the fire pit and planing in the side gardens is a little sparce.
Love this. Love the colour and textures of the stone work, the curvy lines, the steps (similar to what I'm imagining for the front step/path). Lush green landscaping with floral colour. Good formality and still casual. Could possibly be more colour. I like lots of colour. There's not much I don't like in this at all. Not a fan of conifers.
I like the openness of this but possibly would make our yard look like a cricket pitch. I like the borders in this image the most. Would be interesting to try more colourful borders though with floral colour.
Elissa loves this pic. It's very much her style. The colours, curves and lushness are all her. It's ordered but not square. I think we can build a pergola like that but might be good not to be attached to the house as it will require less permits from council.
Like the idea of the BBQ/Pergola feature. Thinking it would work better for us as a seat or practical feature of some kind rather than a BBQ. I must admit part of me feels the pergola is a bit pointless and a waste. Might need something with more purpose if we consider something like this.
Love the dry stone wall. Something like this would work really well in the front yard where there is no easement. My grandfather was great at buildign dry stone walls. He'd be proud. Only issue being Dry stone not necessarily practical for kids as young as ours so we might be better off with mortar filled retaining walls if we have them.
These are the screens I have pictured in front of the windows for the office and bedrooms and possibly the laundry down the side and back of the house. If climbers are the most practical option for these spaces then a screen like these would be a great look. They dont have to be lattice in the frame but that might be the cheaper more practical option prior to plants taking over.
Love the lush green forest feel is great. Definitely want more colour though.
Good functionality for the kids. Open space, play area, connection to social areas. Would be good for somewhere to ride bikes but this would only be a short term need while they're young
Curved pergola is interesting feature. Not necessarily what we want given easement but interesting just the same. Stonework, curves, lawn, mowing edge all good.
Love this for a working veggie patch. I wouldn't want this area on display as there are lots of times throughout the year where they wont look perfect (or close enough to).
Great colour mix and love classy roses. Elegance is what appeals here.
Intimate garden room idea is cool. Probably a bit too much white for us but feels lush and green and relaxing.
I like the idea of this but not practical for the easement. Would probably steer away from recycled bricks given our colour scheme. Paving is good and I like that the lines aren't very straight.
This is possibly a little bit too casual for me. Not enough straight lines but like the textures and stones.
Not a fan of pebbles in the garden. Could be good in a kid area for an inspired play point but wouldn't want it for a feature. Liking the formality, green open space and red tree.
Love this social/entertaining area. Feels very homey and inviting. We probably can't have the fire place due to easement but it's not something we'd probably use a lot anyway from a practical point of view. Wall around the outside could make great extra seating but again easement may be an issue.
Love the park/forest feel... this one appeals because it has a natural feel about it and there's seasonal variation in the colours. It's still quite formal despite the loose natural style of it. Paving works well with the feel. Love the gates and arch too although not wanting to make the front yard gate a feature.
In my next dream house we'll build an entertainers glass house. Like the punch of colour and formal edges/green grass. Not a huge fan of paving with grass in between especially from a maintenance point of view.
Not a fan of the plan selection for our garden but interesting lines and colour blocking. Possibly too simplistic for our yard though and I'd probably want more variation.
I'd probably approach the vertical garden differently but I like the formal nature of this. Stepped layers work well. Possibly too square though and not enough colour.
Like the forest feel. Paving/steps are nice. Maybe a tad light in colour and too square although some of the variation in colour are good on the left.
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Kids loved this. Would be a stylish and elegant way to bring this kind of splay space into the garden. Price tag scares me though.
Strong colour and good mix.
Dry stone walls add nice formality and softened by planting. Something similar to these steps could work out front (although not as high given the slope on our block is not quite that much)
Love the formality and simplicity of the rock retaining wall. It's consistent, not boxy and contrasts well with lawn on top and floral planting at bottom. We'd probably want a more mixed palette of plants than this but it works well in this setting.
Good country feel. Our classic but modern style might not work with country all that well but I do like some aspects of the more elegant country styles such as lush roses in formal plantings. This is probably not what we're looking for in a lot of ways but if we built a country house this would have been good.
Same social area as before. Seasonal colour variation is awesome. Doesn't necessarily have to be deciduous colour variation but we did really love the port red wine colour leaves on our ornamental pear trees.
I like the cleaness of the this one. It's not too complicated and good open grass area for the dog and kids.
Gate is interesting feature and may work well to seperate the small narrow back yard from the main side yard and possibly hide some of the working areas. We probably want to give the dog the opportunity to run the full lengths of all sides of the house except front.
Colour mix is not very us but like the fullness of this garden. The path looks a little bit artificial to me.
Although its a bit cottage or 'country garden' I quite like this. It's formal and good mix of elegant colours and plants. We could put a fence across the front of the yard like this if we wanted but not something we need as such and possibly doesn't suit the style of our house.
I love this. The paving, textures and tones in the stone work, the water feature, the outdoor furniture, the setting, colours of the surrounding vegetation, the lawns, the planting in the corner garden beds... it's all very me. Quite formal but casual at the same time and a great place to relax. It carries a warmth to it and is inviting area for people to hang out. It's almost like another lounge room.
I like the formality and that all tyou can see is nature at every level. Could do with some more colour other than green and white but the fullness of nature in this garden is very appealing.
This is way too minimalist for us. The idea with the steps in a much simpler version and probably more natural tones for the front yard/entrance to the house is why this pic is included. We haven't considered lighting. Hopefully the lights we choose for the pillars on the front of the house will negate the need for garden lights out front but something worth considering. Out back we'll have 2 sets of double flood lights on the walls either side of the al fresco. Other more mood based lighting is worth considering in the back yard but wont be the highest priority on the list initially.
My first impressions with this one is no connection to nature which is a negative but the lighting and social aspects are appealing. Paving is interesting also.
I like the dense flower beds on this one. Curved path also works well although we'd steer clear of red bricks.
I love the geometric pergola - something a bit different to the stock standard pergola and gives it a real modern and stylish appeal. If we did water features they would need to be above ground and removable due to the easement. Colour, tones and textures are also very similar to what I like.
I really love this area. It's a great formal entertaining area and the borrowed landscape really helps make it look like you're sitting in a forest. Pity we didn't build next to a forest.
This is pretty much what I had pictured in my head for the front path. I saw curved walls instead of two straight walls jutting out and there were no coach lights in the picture in my head but it's formal enough to help hold the grandeur of the entrance and warm and welcoming without being too intimidating. It doesn't have to be straight but if straight works with the symmetry of the front of the house that's cool.
This is probably a little bit too formal and too high maintenance from a practical point of view. We like it though. I don't mind some hedging and general gardening maintenance. Just as along as I don't need to spend every Saturday maintaining it all.
This feels a little bit too loose to me but the cosiness of it works well for a smaller more intimate space in the garden.
Great entertaining area. Open, nice combination of pavers and colours (although we would avoid red pavers) and very welcoming and warm feel. Trees are very appealing and could possibly have more greenscape for my tastes.
I think the stone work in this one is possibly a fraction too casual here. I'd prefer the lines around the edges of the steps to be straighter and neater but this could be a good approach to the front door or maybe even the alfresco. Colours not quite going to work for our house. I like the formalist of the garden and the fact it has mowing edges that don't dominate but add to the formality.
Like the timber screens to create enclosed court yard feel. Paving and retaining walls work well. Possibly too square for us. I'd want to see more nature than this. Trees filling out would possibly help though.
Love the privacy of this entertaining area and the lush green feel. Mix of timber and greenery is good. Probably need to steer clear of timbers that need restaining every 6-12 months from a maintenance point of view.
Paving and retaining walls great features. I hadn't considered zig zag shapes in our backyard but that could work. We were thinking circles to reduce the length of the yard though. Need to keep in mind the easement may mean these pavers need to come up at some stage.