EF­FI­CIENT WORKER

This com­pact in­ner-Syd­ney gar­den works hard to de­liver an en­ter­tain­ing zone, lap pool and a sooth­ing green pres­ence.

Australian House & Garden - - Garden Special -

The brief

Home­own­ers Adrian and Tif­fany Wil­son trans­formed their di­lap­i­dated sin­gle-storey Vic­to­rian ter­race into a two-storey, four-bed­room home, com­plete with pool and out­door en­ter­tain­ing area, all con­tained within 153m2. When it came time to ad­dress the gar­den, they aimed to cre­ate a lush pri­vate oa­sis within their densely pop­u­lated sub­urb. They wanted to max­imise ev­ery cen­time­tre, with easy flow be­tween in­doors and out, and an in­dus­trial-meets-glam­our feel.

The so­lu­tion

The rear court­yard gar­den mea­sures just 10x5m, but man­ages to in­cor­po­rate a 5.4m-long plunge pool, an open en­ter­tain­ing space, garage and a patch of lawn. The garage is de­signed to do dou­ble duty as a cov­ered out­door seat­ing area that opens up along the length of the pool.

The ver­dant green wall has enor­mous im­pact, act­ing as a liv­ing art­work as well as cool­ing the space. Rooftop gar­dens sur­round the space with trail­ing green­ery.

Be­spoke steel bi­fold doors are dou­ble glazed to min­imise noise and max­imise insulation. The built-in bar­be­cue has a cus­tom-made con­crete bench­top and in­te­grated sink. New Bot­ti­cino sand­blasted mar­ble pavers flow through the court­yard and car­port ar­eas.

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