Perfectly situated to soak up the views beyond, the landscape is a testament to construction excellence.
The stunning view is just one of many outstanding elements in this waterfront retreat on Sydney's northern beaches.
It’s hard to decide which element of this stunning outdoor space catches the eye more: the spectacular ocean views or the striking open-plan, multi-tiered outdoor living area. Positioned on the headland at Queenscliff, a popular beachside suburb north of Sydney, this open-air space was constructed so the owners could enjoy the relaxing ocean views from multiple vantage points.
Whether entertaining friends at the eight-seat dining setting or kicking back in the generously sized sunken daybed, this beautiful outdoor living space, built by Antscapes, an award-winning landscape construction company, was made to be enjoyed.
The contrast of the rich russet hues of the 140mm-wide hardwood decking against the crisp blue sea below is a sight to behold. The hardwood decking flows out into the garden, over a hidden spa, which has been fitted with a custom-made stainless-steel-framed retractable lid to give the illusion of continuation within the deck.
Conveniently located on the lower deck, less than a stone’s throw from the dining area, is the outdoor kitchen, which boasts a striking custommade bluestone benchtop. The proximity of the cooking area to the dining space and daybed allows the designated chef to be social while cooking up a storm on the cutting-edge barbecue.
Low-maintenance native coastal plants frame the space, providing a burst of green that borders the decking and sandstone retaining walls and creating definition between the daybed and dining areas. Native coastal varieties were chosen specifically for their hardiness as the property’s headland position means anything planted had to withstand high winds, first-line salt and full exposure to sunlight.
Given the slope of the site and the garden’s role as a place for entertaining, the retaining walls had to be sturdy and aesthetically pleasing. To achieve this, Antscapes constructed core-filled concrete block walls with sandstone cladding and sandstone capping. Only a small amount of paving — stepping stones leading to the back gate, which in turn leads to the beach — was used in this project. The sandstone stepping stones have been laid in a modular pattern and cut from large sandstone slabs.
Although the space offers amazing ocean views, the high coastal winds proved problematic at times, says Phil Antcliff of Antscapes. “The headland position was especially difficult when we were craning in the spa from a neighbouring property,” he explains. “We had millimetres of clearance either side of pre-built walls so the placement had to be exact. A narrow street, common driveway and limited parking areas made deliveries and storage problematic. Constant communication with the
owners, neighbours and the general public was essential for the smooth running of the job.”
And the results speak for themselves. Perfectly situated to soak up the views beyond, this landscape is a testament to construction excellence.
Landscape construction by Antscapes
PO Box 540, Cammeray NSW 2062
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Photography: Peter Brennan