Jamie Durie takes a plain front yard and creates a beautiful outdoor space.
WHILE YOUNG COUPLE Sophie and Anthony enjoyed hands-on renovating of their first home, they were stumped by their front yard. Lacking in plants and personality, they felt it didn’t reflect who they were or their new interiors – and they lacked the skills and inspiration to change it. However Jamie Durie came up with a plan to make use of every centimetre and reconnect the two front rooms – the living and master bedroom – to the garden.
First of all he demolished the old rotting retaining wall and the unused paved path. A gabion wall, made of natural stones stacked within wire mesh, was built closer to the boundary line, freeing up space for the outdoor living area. This was created with a Good Times modular decking system. Grey pavers were laid to form a clear path to the home’s entry, and the front of the house was clad in timber battens mounted on grey painted backing boards. Thick hedges were planted for privacy, along with lush natives and a few “stand-out plants” around the deck. So the couple could sit and enjoy the new garden, Jamie carved outdoor stools and a table from Hebel aerated concrete. A water tank and garage door from Colorbond, also in grey to match the roof, completed the update.
The makeover has changed Sophie and Anthony’s lifestyle. “Now we can potter in the garden and entertain outside. And from the front rooms it looks like we live in a lush resort!”