With a conservative size block and an extremely busy family who relax by entertaining friends and family with amazing food, saunas and swimming parties, Landart needed clever design solutions to fit it all in.
We used glass as the element that would keep the structures feeling light and enable all areas to connect visually. Our glass sauna design is a stand out. Complemented by the pool, designed to allow the eye to drift around the space, making the pool area feel larger overall.
The clean monochromatic palette helps to provide a consistency throughout and evoke a sense of calm......well, that and the killer palm tree.
Design Team - Matt Leacy and Tom Wrightread more
Solving issues relating to sloping blocks and level changes on properties is something that we love to do. This property had a severely sloping block where the landscape was completely disconnected to the house. We designed and built a space that raised the levels overall. We created a pool house and pool level where the journey to get there was impressive and enjoyable to take. The pool house is set up with a bathroom and kitchen and everything needed to enjoy a day by the pool or to just lie around the pool house reading a book and taking in the spectacular views. The engineering on this project was very complex and so was the build. The pool house and the retaining walls are all cantilevering over the tree roots of the existing Norfolk Island pine to protect its root system and to ensure it will thrive for many years to come.
Woven white steel frame furniture from Eco Outdoors.
This contemporary space defines what it is to have everything you need in a smaller sized garden. There is room to play for kids, there is abundant space for entertaining and relaxing and there is an elegant pool that when not in use takes on reflective qualities and sparkles in beauty when viewed from above. All of this is framed but a pool house – guest house with bathroom and a green roof. The green roof not only enhances the thermal qualities of the room, it also extends the garden to make it feel more expansive. It also improves the outlook from the master bedroom that now looks onto garden instead of a rooftop.read more
This contemporary garden highlights the beauty of juxtaposing organic and rustic textures. The contrast between the geometric layout and the natural elements of plant, earth and timber portray a stunning visual effect. This landscape design also includes a modern cantilevered concrete barbecue/servery and entertaining area that is in-keeping with the look and feel of the overall design. Corten steel, concrete and the mixture of coastal planting provide the perfect connection to the ocean beyond. The multiple entertaining areas allow for this space to be used differently throughout the day and to escape the afternoon winds. All of this combined with the seaside backdrop transports you to a secluded oasis within the luxury of the home.read more
This beautiful house built in mid last century deserved a landscape design that complemented it. Landart's intent was to create a space that enabled the family to entertain and enjoy it through any season. The front garden is the perfect suntrap with seating and a grass area for the kids, it is the perfect place to hang in the winter and relax. In the summer, the rear garden can be enjoyed either relaxing in the pool or entertaining for small or large groups of friends and families with multiple zones to retreat too. It even has a putting green for the kids (or if we are being honest - the Dad).read more
We are so lucky in Australia; in most parts of the country our winters don’t isolate us to the indoors - especially if you have an outdoor area for all seasons. That is exactly what Landart created for this beautiful family with two young children. The pool area with lounge and sundeck allows for long hot summers by the pool. The wading section of the pool caters for kids of all ages and, of course, adults to enjoy a cocktail whilst laying in the water. The outdoor entertaining area has an enclosed roof with an opening louvre system so that it's protected for most of the year and will also let in light during winter. This spills out onto a sunken lounge area with a fire pit that can be used for toasting marshmallows and enjoying a drink well into the cooler evenings. There is no shortage of areas to entertain and there is no shortage of kids play-space either. There is a basketball hoop, cubby and sunken trampoline, not to mention the expansive lawn area. This space is a true family entertainer.read more
This has been a labour of love for Matt Leacy (director of Landart) as it is home to his family which includes three children. This has been a side project to convert what was a non-existent outside space into something that could endure the wear and tear of the family and that allowed for entertaining on all levels. This project also enabled Matt to build it over time and get back on the tools where it all began for him. The space encourages summers by the pool and winters by the fire pit enjoying the sunsets over Scotland Island.read more
This pool and landscape design project which was designed and built by Landart is a testament to what can be achieved with an open space. The original rear garden had a tennis court and was raised a metre or more above the level of the house immediately outside the back door. The landscape design intended to resolve the level change in an inviting, open way that softened the transition between the house and the garden and opened up the rear garden to create an interesting outlook from the house. We used the natural levels to minimise excavation and resolved the level change with steps and a pool spillover. Contemporary finishes and techniques were mixed with classic details to achieve this elegant pool and landscape design. We believe the use of spaces is balanced and there is intrigue in each area that invites you to explore, sit and enjoy some quiet time. When in the mood, it easily converts to the most amazing entertaining space for all ages.read more
This is a very exciting project for Landart as the clients were adventurous and trusting in Landart’s ability to deliver a beautifully crafted landscape design and construction. This was also the second time the clients had engaged us Landart to landscape their home. The clients were keen to explore a unique design vision, including a cantilevered boardwalk extending out into the middle of the pool. The planting in this Rural Landscape Design needed careful consideration as it had to mix with the existing, more exotic garden and blend in with the surrounding bushland and native outlook, whilst not being eaten by the abundance of wallabies that entered the property every evening. A blend of native and exotic plants provide wonderful textural contrast and complement the hardwood timber decks and seats, sandstone walls and rocky outcrops.read more
We were blessed to be given the opportunity of designing and building this pool and landscape for one of the most inspiring couples we've ever had the pleasure of working with. The clients wanted a stylish and elegant space that complemented the architecture of their Balgowlah home, set in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Landart Landscapes' garden and pool design raised the pool to create interesting level changes throughout the garden. We facilitated a unique design opportunity to hide most of the pool fence so that different areas within the space didn't feel divided or separated in any way.read more
A sloping site enabled us to create an inviting landscape with interest. Raising the pool out of the ground brought up the levels along the back boundary making it more in line with the house. Using the existing floor level, we designed a sunken entertaining space that provides interest with level change, intimacy and privacy from the neighbours and a clearer connection to the pool and spa. The lovely owners of this North Shore home were very adventurous and trusting in our design and now spend many hours entertaining and lounging about in a private, tranquil retreat whilst watching their children spend hours on end in the pool.read more
To create the ultimate Entertainers Landscape Design, it was hard to not draw on some inspiration from LA.
The stunning combination of timber and concrete is softened and complimented with free flowing native grasses. The two giant succulents help make this space soft and sculptural whilst the remote control back rests in the day bed help set the scene for relaxation and Sunday mojitos.
The owners of this property wanted to enhance their Hacienda style waterfront home with a garden design that linked their central courtyard to the rear of the property that looks over the water. Both areas are used a lot depending on the time of year. The unique paving design leads your eye from the entrance courtyard area all the way to the back entertaining area. The weathered hardwood is represented from the first entrance point all the way through. A bespoke landscape design that enhances the characteristics of the home.read more
Contemporary garden design at its best. For a small block, this garden design certainly feels spacious. The ‘open to anything’ attitude of the client opened up our creativity to bring to life this sanctuary that provides complete privacy from the neighbours. After a splash in the pool, the intimate sunken lounge area is the perfect place for pre-dinner drinks, with the outdoor kitchen including mobile pizza oven not far away. This is a true example of blurring the divide between inside and out…both as comfortable and inviting as each other.read more
The planting palette of this coastal garden design is a mixture of endemic species alongside exotic plants that provide structural and textural contrast as well as a beautiful coastal feel. The architecture and aspect dictated the front garden with a structured layout and a raised veggie patch to provide maximum yield. While the back garden has a more relaxed coastal feeling with white-washed timber, azure blue pool and plenty of room to entertain or simply put your feet up and enjoy your favorite book.read more
This is a true Landart Landscape. The owners of this beautiful house requested a seamless flow – a garden that would naturally entice further exploration from the inside to the outside of their home.
Different levels and sections offered only an enclosed and constricted garden, so Landart set to work opening up the entire area. By turning levels into features, utilising water and urns to merge back and side gardens together - and through the clever placement of mirrors - an open space emerges, creating wonder and intrigue. This is truly a Classic Sydney Garden Design.
This garden was designed with a view to creating a formal yet relaxing space, incorporating water elements to enhance the style.
The structural planting beautifully frames the soft seasonal planting, creating year-round interest and appeal.
Private and sophisticated, this Sydney garden complements the style of the home perfectly.
The owners of this contemporary coastal home wanted a natural-looking garden with native plantings to tie in with the natural bush of the surrounding headland.
The planting has been installed to reflect the headland and to create a very low maintenance garden for this busy client. The overall effect is stunning in this Sydney Coastal Garden Design.
Project Team - Landart and Patio
The design brief for this Sydney Waterfront Garden Design was to visually connect the house to the natural surrounds, whilst creating a more inviting, cooler entertaining area. We introduced quality sustainable hardwood timbers to achieve this, giving the house a more natural feel.
The exterior colour of the house was carefully selected to complement the rich tones of the timber; the planting combination of natives and exotics add life to the picture. The result is one of synthesis and relaxing ambience.
Timber, natural hand-shaped stone and a relaxed planting scheme all support the design of this garden, giving the whole dwelling an earthy, organic feel.
Growing well in the Castlecrag area, the combination of native and exotic plants exudes beautiful contrasts of year-round colour and a pleasant diversity in foliage contours. all designed to sit comfortably with its natural surrounds.
The owner of this apartment wanted a functional and impressive balcony that could be enjoyed all year round.
The boats on nearby Rushcutters Bay provided the design inspiration for the boat-style seating and timber decking. The fish tank completes the theme, creating a colourful living focal point both day and night.
This breath-taking Sydney Balcony Design now commands your attention.
Project team - Landart and Patio
There were a couple of challenges we had to overcome in order to construct this Classic Landscape Design.
We had to demolish an existing bathroom off the side of the house to allow for bobcat and excavator access to remove the old cabana and pool. Also, because the earth on site was so sandy, we had to install many reinforced steel piers.
Overall, these hurdles only made the rewards of the finished garden’s beautiful design and workmanship even greater.
The owners of this period home wanted a rambling, unstructured approach to the design of their garden that would mature to become even more appealing, reminding them of an English common. Their ultimate desire was to sip on a relaxing cup of tea from their verandah and enjoy an open outlook with intriguing places that were discovered only after a curious meander around the garden.
Project Team Landart + Patio
In this Relaxed Contemporary Garden Design with a natural watercourse running through it, the designer of this garden was inspired to create a dry riverbed, complete with a floating hardwood timber walkway and entertaining area surrounded by natural grasses and textured perennials. Comfortable and eye catching, this garden entices the owner to take the journey and wander through it.
Project team - Landart and Patio