These homeowners were looking for a landscaping company that could manage their large project for them - Zones was their perfect solution.

WORDS Mina Phillips

The owners of this lovely Glendowie property felt that it was time for an update. After removing their front driveway and building a garage, the family deliberated on whether or not to have a pool installed or a lawn area created for their kids to play on. After deciding on a lawn, they had a design drawn up. From there, they contacted Zones and were put in touch with Kate Ryan - their local landscaping specialist. After meeting Kate for an initial consultation, they decided they had found the right person for the job.

Kate worked with her customers to develop a planting plan - incorporating plants that were both hardy and attractive. The family specifically wanted to work with a renovation company who could take care of the project for them - allowing them to carry on with their busy everyday lives. The Zones project management process provided them with a perfect solution.

“The family specifically wanted to work with a renovation company who could take care of the project for them - allowing them to carry on with their busy everyday lives. The Zones project management process provided them with a perfect solution"

“My customers work full time and wanted a project-managed service for their large job, which involved coordinating so many tradespeople. They didn't have to leave work numerous times to arrange everything as I took care of that for them”, explains Kate. “The front was a blank canvas that we completely landscaped. We included a new deck, automatic louvre with mesh screen sides, new concrete paths with granite tiling and banding, a concrete basketball court, an automatic driveway gate and louvred fence and, lastly, garden lighting.”

Kate worked with Impact Gates to produce the sturdy and practical gate, while Pacific Powder Coating made the louvre and fence panel, which she says required extra attention to detail.

“The automatic gate, pedestrian gate and louvre fence were challenging to design due to the existing hedging on either side. We spent time getting the positions right and included a special flush roller in the concrete drive so you don't drive over a bump like you usually would with this type of design.”

For increased functionality, smooth concrete paths now connect the driveway to the house and outdoor entertainment zone. In the entranceway, granite tiled banding really makes a grand impact as you approach the stairs. Along the pathways, new planting makes a peaceful addition, as does carefully planned garden lighting.  Overall, it’s a design that truly encompasses the style of the home and its owners, while each feature has been carefully selected to enhance the next. 

“The planting is smart and balanced with the front door entrance”, says Kate. “The deck and louvre with screens create an outdoor room the clients love, along with beautiful garden lighting and feature lights for the huge tree.”

“The deck and louvre with screens create an outdoor room the clients love, along with beautiful garden lighting and feature lights for the huge tree."

Kate notes the new deck area is a particular standout:

“The best decision was probably adding the pull-down screens to create a warm and sheltered outdoor room under the new louvre roof.” 

It is a result that these homeowners will be able to enjoy for years to come, while easily maintaining it with the help of Zones.