You know that saying ‘when it rains, it pours‘? Well after weeks of not much real action, it has been a busy week on the admin front. We signed off on the demolition quote after much deliberation on the contractor to hire and a bit of haggling over the fine print. And as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, our file is also now with the Metricon design team working on preparing all the plans, drawings and reports required for council submission. One of these reports is a landscape plan showing the proposed hard and soft landscape works and planting schedules including proposed planting location, species, heights and spreads.
Nick and I had our initial landscape consultation with Emily from OutThere Landscapes and Design to discuss our ideas for the front and rear garden. If first impressions are anything to go by then we are in very capable hands. Emily was not only knowledgeable about the ins and outs of our local council requirements but she was so easy to talk to and shared a lot of common aesthetic. We left the meeting confident and happy that she fully understood our vision.
So what is ‘the brief‘ I hear you ask? Nick and I are no green thumbs so we are going for something practical that looks attractive but requires very little upkeep. We want a relaxing space for our family to enjoy and a child-friendly backyard where our kids could run around and play to their hearts content.
We also want a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor living spaces by putting in decking that wraps around the whole back section of the house. The bucket list is brimming with nice-to-have’s that at this point are heavily dependent on how well we stick to the budget. One on the wish list is the in-ground concrete pool that we would love to build before the new house but is now on the wait list after handover.
Here are some of the ideas for the front garden
For the back garden, I envision a lush weed-resistant lawn worthy of a world class golf course with low maintenance perimeter plants. I’m also dreaming of an outdoor entertainer’s delight with built-in barbecue and an inviting oasis to put our feet up and enjoy a glass of chardy.
I can’t wait to see our vision for the exterior reflected in Emily’s landscape plan. It’s so good to be ticking things off the to-do list! Baby steps…