Nestled comfortably in a front garden, this outdoor entertaining area offers complete privacy.
It’s hard to believe, but this contemporary swimming pool and cabana sit in the front garden of a home in the suburbs of Melbourne. Thanks to a well-considered design by Andrew Power of AEP Pools & Landscapes, the outdoor entertaining area is hidden from passers-by without compromising the property’s street appeal.
“The owners sought an outdoor space that could be used for family entertaining and as a gathering place for their three late-teen sons and their friends. With this in mind, the main items on their wish list were a swimming pool and cabana that could be used year-round,” explains Andrew.
In keeping with the architecture of the house, the landscape design is clean, crisp and modern. The focal point of the design is the cabana that boasts an outdoor kitchen complete with bespoke counter top and cabinetry (custom built onsite by Dion Everts and Ryan Pauligk of AEP Pools & Landscapes). The cabana, which provides ample room for dining, overlooks the spacious pool and spa. The cabana floor and generous pool surrounds are of poured limestone. This is a hard-wearing natural material that provides a slip-resistant surface. Linking the pool area to the house is a large hardwood deck with rails.
“The key challenge was to develop a space in the front garden that balanced the family’s need for a private outdoor living and pool area without visually cutting off the area from the rest of the garden,” says Andrew. Deep garden beds with boundary screenings (including a hedge of Waterhousia floribunda) help maintain a sense of privacy and two mature specimens (a 4m Corymbia citriodora and a 5m Corymbia maculata) were purchased to provide future shade and vertical scaling to the site. These complement the existing mature trees that were retained. Five Pyrus ussuriensis frame the northern end of pool section and there are extensive beds of Limonium perezii, Dianella ‘Little Jess’, Correa glabra compact green ‘Ivory Lantern’, Hedychium gardnerianum and Carex appressa. Adding splashes of seasonal colour, canna lillies surround the pool.
“The garden also needed to be pool-safe, which we achieved by making the pool fence an architectural feature,” adds Andrew. Equal attention was paid to the front fence, which was made of Corten steel, and the front gate, which was made of bevelled screen boards. Both were designed and constructed by AEP Pools & Landscapes. Thanks to the care and attention lavished by AEP Pools & Landscapes, the owners now have the family-friendly outdoor entertaining of which they always dreamed
Landscape design and construction by AEP Pools & Landscapes
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