This outdoor space merges pool, pool safety, vibrant full sun plantings and year-round al fresco living in a design that flows into its rural surround

Designed by Paul Gallagher, Mace Landscape Group

From the landscape architect:

The brief for the garden renovation at this Clevedon lifestyle block was to create a contemporary outdoor living space that catered for a young family’s needs while ensuring that the garden blended with its rural setting and offered a 'rustic' charm.

The homeowner was keen for the garden layout and finishes to speak of modern trends, yet be sympathetic to the character of the site’s stunning environmental surrounds.   

The design focused on a practical, understated approach to ensure the new layout nestled beautifully into its countryside environment and provided the required recreational amenities for the family to enjoy.

An extended deck allows for a generous sized outdoor recreational area for dining and lounging.

A Trendz Outdoors wood-burning fireplace reinforces the design intention for a relaxing space.

Adjacent to the deck, a new fibreglass pool provides the next level of entertainment for family fun. 

Basking in sunshine, the site soaks up the summer vibe perfectly.

A new poured concrete surround forms the pool terrace, the tone of the concrete selected to tie in with the granite pool coping tiles. 

Decorative cuts in the concrete follow the alignments established by the pool edges and coping tile lines. 

A glass panel pool fence between deck and pool area allows for seamless visual transition.

A buffer of foliage softens the connection between the deck and pool area. 

In general, planting was used to soften the hardscape and offer colour and texture that ties in with the vibrancy of the surrounding countryside environs.  

Low-maintenance and site suitable full sun planting was selected to give elegance and continuity in form.

Key construction finishes and quality workmanship is reflected in the granite pool copings, hardwood deck, concrete terrace and fireplace – ensuring the new scheme speaks of simplicity and craftmanship of the highest standards.  

Ultimately this garden delivers a family-focused space to be enjoyed year-round.

Credit list

Swimming pool design
Layout design of pool area by Mace Landscape Group
Pool coping
Jagas arris-edged bluestone coping, installed by Mace Landscape Group
Outdoor wood-burning fireplace
Trendz Outdoors ‘Douglas’ fireplace; blockwork & plastering by Mace Landscape Group
Special features
In-built bench seating with storage as part of deck construction
Registered Master Landscapers – Bronze and Silver
Landscape contractor
Mace Landscape Group
Pool construction
Supply & install of fibreglass pool by Freedom Pools
Pool terrace
Boxed & poured insitu smooth-trowelled concrete with 5kg oxide per m3, acid etched & sealed; installed by Mace Landscape Group
Vitex Cladding – timber framing to NZS3604:2011; Nurajack framing used for new deck built over existing patio
Plant supply Mace Trees Limited (nursery as part of Mace Landscape Group); installed by Mace Landscape Group

Designed by: Paul Gallagher, Mace Landscape Group

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Harry Jansen Photography

04 Jun, 2023

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