On this steeply sloping section we faced some huge hurdles with access and ground conditions amongst the most challenging we’ve ever faced.
The landscape design focused on how to best use the existing contours without huge expensive earthworks and retaining wall costs. The design response was to form a series of terraces accessible from both the upper and lower living areas.
The plan was to remove as little soil and clay from the site and bring in plenty of new garden and lawn mix to raise these areas. With not a single wheelbarrow load of topsoil onsite and plenty of heavy clay and rubble from the house renovations we faced a quite literal up hill battle. The lawn terraces are flanked by banks of New Zealand native plantings including, Kowhai, Phormium, Hebes and Carex.