Monday, August 24, 2009

Sneak Preview

Here are a few glimpses of a recently built garden renovation that I designed for friends of ours. This project will be featured on my website soon so stay tuned to see more of it.

Front Garden :

There was a two metre slope down from the level of the house to the verge meaning that some serious retaining walls were required.

This was an existing Umbrella tree which we accommodated into the deck. My friend was given the title of 'tree hugger' by her husband for wanting to keep this tree. All of the decking for this job was done by another friend of ours who is a handyman by trade.

Transplanted Agaves in stone cladded Planter Box.

We chose to put the steps off to the side to create an open arc of lawn on the top level. Jarrah sleepers we used for these angular steps for some variety in materials.

Back Garden :The back garden was split into two levels without a means of easily moving between them. To solve this issue we created an intermediate level in the form of a deck. This also made a platform from which an existing pond could be enjoyed.

Timber Gates were added to match the Batu Decking.This house also underwent a complete interior renovation,outside painting,rendering and roof restoration.Our friends added a two car garage too.Their house has just sold for a record price in their suburb. I'm glad all of the hard work and effort they put in has paid off.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Broome Beaches

We've just returned from a weeks break in beautiful Broome. Here are some of the things we enjoyed there :
1. Sunset on Cable Beach
2. Visit to the Wharf
3. Scenic Flight over the Horizontal Falls
4&5. Another Sunset on Cable Beach
6. River mouth from the air

The highlight of our trip was the scenic flight we took over the Buccaneer Archipelago. Our friendly pilot was Andrew from Kimberley Aviation.
Our best meal was at The Old Zoo Cafe' where we tasted some local produce including Kangaroo, Emu, Crocodile and meat from a Pearl Shell.
We also visited the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park which put me off swimming anywhere other than a swimming pool for the remainder of our trip!