Contemporary suburban garden

Our client had just completed construction of a substantial new family home. The brief included allowing provision for additional car parking in the front garden, creating a view along the narrow north facing sideway and the challenge of providing both a modern entertainment area alongside a play area for a growing family.

The solution

Front garden shows extensive paving for off street parking softened by low plantings that won’t hinder car access, leading to a small enclosed garden surrounded by hedging for privacy.

North sideway

All of the windows on the ground floor look out onto a 1 metre wide narrow strip on the north boundary. It was necessary to create a view from all rooms and provide a sense of depth to the narrow area. Small Spaces created a low retaining wall that provided for planting, ledges for planters and seating along the length of the space. There are a series of garden beds, drawing your eye to the display and slightly concealing the view.

Rear Courtyard


The brief was to provide an entertainment area alongside a children’s play area that could evolve as the children grow. The design allows for the incorporation of a cubby house and sand pit. The sand pit will eventually be claimed as a garden bed which will be a continuation of the existing garden. The entire area will evolve from children’s play area to modern courtyard, without altering the basic design of the garden.