With clever de­sign and plant choices, Jamie Durie cre­ates a pri­vate sanc­tu­ary for a young fam­ily.

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Jamie Durie cre­ates a pri­vate haven in a sub­ur­ban yard.

AN OUT­DOOR EN­TER­TAIN­ING area, easy-ac­cess vegie patch and open play spa­ces for a grow­ing fam­ily were on new par­ents Elisa and Nathaniel’s back­yard wishlist. The first step to solve the drainage prob­lems of the slop­ing site was to cre­ate three lev­els of lawn, sep­a­rated by a Ridgi re­tain­ing wall sys­tem (see, and re­move about 200mm of clay. Ridgi con­crete sleep­ers that look like tim­ber were also used to build a su­per-sized raised veg­etable gar­den along the back wall of the house.

In the low­est level of the yard Jamie laid sand­stone pavers in a jig­saw pat­tern with peb­ble “grout” as an at­trac­tive floor for the out­door room, and at­tached geo­met­ric metal screens to chunky tim­ber posts to make “pri­vacy walls” that still al­low air and light through. Paint­ing the fence, at­tach­ing the same screens to it and po­si­tion­ing tall ev­er­green Mag­no­lia ‘Lit­tle Gem’ en­sures year-round pri­vacy – ideal for en­ter­tain­ing or just re­lax­ing.

On the re­tained deck Jamie in­stalled net­ted ham­mocks to hang down around its perime­ter which, along with a row of quick-grow­ing hang­ing pot­ted plants, adds pri­vacy to the back of the house. Fra­grant port wine mag­no­lias in the gar­den bed and tubs around the deck will grow into a green screen. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Ten­­liv­in­groom

Fun for all The fam­ily love the new grassy lawns, out­door room and vegie gar­den. Mag­no­lia ‘Lit­tle Gem’ TUNE IN Catch The Liv­ing Room 7:30pm Fri­day on TEN

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