Re­flec­tion of life­style

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR HOMES -

AS Malaysians en­joy more af­flu­ence, they be­gin to look for the finer things in life. In many cases, this means go­ing back to na­ture.

A very good ex­am­ple of bring­ing na­ture closer to home is land­scap­ing, where a good de­sign can give home­own­ers the feel­ing of be­ing in a trop­i­cal re­sort hol­i­day set­ting, yet with the feel­ing of be­ing at home.

Ur­ban Life­style Land­scape’s Ed­win Ku­mar has more than 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in de­sign­ing gar­dens. He un­der­stands that many home­own­ers are able and will­ing to spend money on land­scap­ing nowa­days be­cause it helps them en­joy their abode bet­ter – whether it is a landed property or a con­do­minium bal­cony.

“Many of our clients are look­ing for a gar­den that says some­thing about their life­style. These open spa­ces are de­signed to help them re­lax at home. A land­scaped gar­den should re­flect the owner’s per­son­al­ity and we try to make the de­sign con­form to this rule.

“If we see that the client is some­one who prefers pri­vacy, we may de­sign a land­scape that will help him re­lax and hang out at home. It may only have a small area for en­ter­tain­ing guests. How­ever, if the home­owner is a vi­brant so­cialite, then we will have to con­sider his needs of hold­ing reg­u­lar par­ties.

“The land­scap­ing has to fit those needs and make room for a lot of space for people,” Ed­win ex­plains.

Gar­den themes can range from trop­i­cal, Zen and mod­ern con­tem­po­rary to min­i­mal­ist.

Ur­ban Life­style Land­scape of­fers ser­vices that en­com­pass both hard­scape and softscape.

Hard­scapes in­clude per­go­las, gaze­bos, deck­ing, light­ing, pools, koi ponds, gar­den fur­ni­ture and wood­work, while softscape are the plants and turf.

For more in­for­ma­tion or a no-obli­ga­tion quo­ta­tion plus land­scape pro­posal, call 012-211 0113, 03-7954 0113 or e-mail ur­ban­

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