From the ground up

From the ground up

From muddy paddock to sheltered oasis, Kamo Marsh teamed up with a Halswell family to create this stunning outdoor retreat.

Embarking on a new build on their lifestyle block, these homeowners wanted the outdoor spaces to evolve alongside the house. They brought in the team from Kamo Marsh early on in the process when the ground was bare and muddy. It was a blank canvas for the lead designer who set about realising the homeowners’ dream.

The landscape architect created a design that encompassed lawns, paths and gardens, numerous specimen trees, layout of paddocks and utility sheds, vehicle entrances and driveways, service courts, vegetable gardens and a water feature. The designer’s careful attention to the architecture of the house has delivered landscaping that’s elegant and cohesive, marrying home with land.

The outdoor spaces needed to cater for all aspects of this active family’s lifestyle as well as the challenges of the site. With young children, it was important to create a spacious lawn for running around and playing ball games.

Thoughtful planting and the construction of large-scale walls ensure privacy and provide much needed shelter. The contemporary design and materials help tie the outdoor areas back to the architecture of the home, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor flow.

The homeowner’s love of entertaining meant the design needed to provide versatile outdoor living spaces to host guests. The completed garden includes outdoor dining areas, courtyards and decks to cater for events of any size.

As the house build progressed, the garden unfolded alongside it according to Kamo Marsh's masterplan. A spa and a large pool were added, nestled into an enclosure built from a stylish mix of concrete, hardwood decking and tiles. Clever use of geometric shapes and structures of varying heights create a look that’s striking yet right at home in the environment.

Thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Kamo Marsh, this family have a property that works for them practically and a fabulous space to play and enjoy time with friends and extended family.

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