Architects Vera and Paul were more than comfortable designing the renovations and additions to their 100 year old Federation style home. But when it came to the backyard, they were stumped. With the renovations almost finished they need Brendan’s help to turn their 400 sqm blank canvas into an oasis.
They’ve designed their home as part restoration and part modern extension. Paul, whose business consists mostly of commercial work with a focus on restoration, took on the front of their house, while Vera, a domestic architecture specialist, designed a large open plan modern addition to the back. Their new kitchen/living space has sliding glass walls and is designed as a viewing platform for the garden. But right now it’s just the typical lawn, paling fence and galvanised shed.
While not purists, Paul and Vera are very environmentally aware and want a veggie and herb garden. These two are very hands-on and are not scared to get their hands dirty. While the environment is their main concern (reduced waste, reduced embodied energy if veggies are sourced close to home), after spending a fortune on renovating their new home, budget is also a concern. As Paul says, "We really need a veggie and herb garden because otherwise we can't afford to eat!" In the resulting design, about a third of this massive backyard is dedicated to veggies and herbs. Brendan also installs a rainwater tank to ensure they get enough water.
Vera and Paul have only been married for one year and hope that this will be the garden they, their extended and future family, spend the rest of their lives enjoying.