In the Camberwell suburb of Melbourne, this heritage house wasn’t the problem. The issue was the outdoor spaces and how they didn’t work for the entertaining-loving owners. Ian Barker Gardens was hired to bring life to the exterior while creating plenty of modern entertaining spaces, which included the entrance garden, side lawn garden, woodland garden, rear garden, pool area, and side courtyard garden.
They were also tasked with designing a pool large enough for their extended family, a playhouse for the kids, a play area for them to run around, space for everyone to spread out, a veggie garden, and a shady tree to rest under. The owners also asked them to update the look of the tennis court and to save as many of the original trees as possible. Many tall orders, but the designers definitely came through.
The designers managed to merge the original architectural style with new modern details that complement each other. The plant choices and materials help modernize the rigid lines of the house for a cohesive and inviting aesthetic everyone can enjoy.
A sculptural doorway was designed out of Corten steel as a passageway to the garden.
Polished concrete was used to create the outdoor living room that comes complete with an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven.
Photography by Clair Takacs, courtesy of BowerBird.