Zones transformed this blank canvas into a serene, functional outdoor space.

WORDS Mina Phillips

When landscaping specialists Matt and Boyd Gillespie first met the owners of this Northcote property, they were presented with a landscape that was almost a blank canvas. The small lawn was bordered by an overgrown garden, a worn fence, ageing concrete pavers and an uneven parking space. An outdoor dining table sat on the lawn next to a trampoline, lacking an established social area to sit on. 

In an initial consultation, Matt and Boyd discussed the property owners’ ideas with them and worked with them to form their key priorities. From there, the pair oversaw the landscape design and build process, which entailed stabilising the car park area, building a new fence, installing permeable paving and establishing a new garden.

Over a three week period, the property went through quite a transformation. An outdoor dining area now extends out from the home’s covered outdoor space, and overlooks the lawn and timber-edged garden. Lush greenery and fragrant lavender plants envelop the property while new steppers and hardscaping connect the different areas of the home exterior. The blank canvas is now a serene, functional outdoor space.

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