Garden Flower Trowel


This project began with a traditional terraced garden, with limited light and space due to the overbearing retaining walls. Designer Robert Hughes had the vision of transforming it into a stylish, uncluttered space to match the newly built property.

Home to a young family, the priority was to create a garden that was robust, low-maintenance and practical. With excavation, structural works, paving, decking, planting and sleek furniture design all coming into play, we were able to use our full scope of skills and expertise – for a stunning result.

Client's View

“We wanted to update our garden and make the best use of the space, so it would work like another room for family meals and for entertaining. Our must-haves were a barbeque and substantial dining area, with enough room for the children to play.”

Architect's view

“The design was centered around the enclosed form of the original outside space and my aim was to create an elegant, simple garden with clean, strong lines throughout.

“The retaining walls needed to be pushed back to open up the ground level for the large bespoke seating area. Structurally, this presented several challenges, which I knew Martin and his team would handle skillfully.”

Robert Hughes,

Builder's View

“This project involved a major excavation to remove all the earth and bedrock reaching the upper level, side and front of the property. The volumes of waste along with poor access made this a huge challenge, which we overcame with the use of a conveyor belt.

“The absolute highlight of this project was designing and creating the bespoke furniture, which includes a cedar clad cantilevered wraparound floating bench. To bring all the elements of the dining area together, we applied a curved timber front to the existing bow-fronted wall, which has created a cohesive, sophisticated outdoor space.”