Owners of this St Heliers property wanted to completely overhaul their home’s backyard and landscape. Chau and his team transformed the entire outdoor space of this home.

WORDS Raul Sharma

Owners of this St Heliers property wanted to build their home’s backyard and landscape. They contacted Zones and got in touch with landscaping specialist Chau Pong. Chau sat down with the homeowners to learn exactly what it was that they wanted, and followed the Zones process through and through, providing designs and a detailed plan on what they would aim to achieve. Once the clients were happy with the initial design phase, Chau and his team moved on to the build stage.

Chau and his team created the entire outdoor space of this home. They built the entire landscape from scratch and planted a wide selection of plants. He used instant ready lawn as a more sustainable option as the clients wanted something that would be easy to maintain and would have an instant impact.

They then installed a completely automated irradiation system to ensure the plants would stay healthy and continue to blossom. Chau and his team also installed lighting on the deck and pergola so that the homeowners could use their outdoor space at all times of the day. Finally, fencing was required to be installed in order to increase the privacy of the home.

Chau used his in-house team of specialists and did not have to apply for council consent for the landscaping portion of the project as the owner had already obtained the necessary consents at the beginning for the whole build. The materials they used include wood for the deck, pergola, and staircase, gabion bluestone rocks, and concrete for the entrance walkway that leads right up to the front door.

“We did face a challenge, however,” reveals Chau. “The site was really narrow, sloppy, and tight on the right side, which is where we had to improvise and put boards on the slope to stop mulch from sliding down. The steep narrow site also required stairs to be installed to connect levels. It’s also the reason why we used plant climbers on the side of the wall, as there was limited planting area.”

The variety of plants that the garden now features includes Eugenia, Pseudopanax, Nikau, Liguria, Carex Gold, Ficus Pumila, Ctetanthe, Medevila, Viburnum Davidii, Pratia Puberula, Ajuga Reptans, and Xanadu. 

“The steep right hand side of the property is going to end up being a nice green wall when the ficus grows and covers it,” says Chau, assuring that all the trouble was worth it.

The clients are really happy with their beautiful new backyard, and Chau is proud of his team’s work as well. “My favourite part has to be the deck overlooking the lawn and Eugenia,” says Chau. “Also the Gabion bluestone rock that we used to break the monotony of the mulch. It looks great.”

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