Steve Taylor, Mount Martha

2021:  11 Capri Drive, Mount Martha

Open Date
13 & 14 Nov. 2021
Garden Entry

We were approached by the client to prepare a landscape and pool design for their large severely sloping site in Mt Martha and the initial brief was extensive and all revolved around the idea of an entertainer’s heaven. Levels were incredibly challenging and as the home sits between architectural styles, creating the garden style and theme needed to be carefully considered to ensure the unique architecture and surrounding coastal environment were connected through the garden elements of the site.

The brief specifics were as follows; a large family sized pool and spa with a possible wet edge that captures the view, a reworking of the homes rear deck to make it more liveable and remove the balustrade from the internal dining room vista, level terraces to make the non functional rear yard more user friendly, a basketball area, fire pit space, built in tramp, level lawn areas, and eclectic, textural plant palette, natural coastal textures and materials, an outdoor shower, intimacy and privacy along with an overall relaxed coastal, yet sophisticated feel throughout.

The garden was designed around the true hero of the rear yard, the stunning wet edge pool which is flanked by locally sourced stone walls for privacy and architectural drama. The wet deck spa and the surrounding paved terraces offer ample functionality and space for sun lounging and relaxing all year round. The wet edge captures the ocean and coastal foliage vistas perfectly whilst creating a stunning water feature from the garden levels.

The series of deck landings and steps leads you through the terraced garden beds from the home level to the pool level and then down to the fire pit garden. The raised garden beds around the rear home decks remove the requirement for balustrades and they keep the pool and ocean vistas clear from obstruction. The lower fire pit zone and pathways introduce curves into the design to soften the heavily structured, dominant pool zones. These curves also create a tapestry of form and function from the alfresco decks above. An informal pathway leads you down through the modern coastal and classic plants combinations through to the rolling lawn areas whilst the more formal paved steps provide a more structured transition to the lower garden. The informal garden beds throughout offer an eclectic mix of foliage, form and colour of varied classic and coastal plant varieties to soften the bulk of built form. Silver greys, shades of green white and mauve/purple flower palettes with a variety of clipped form and lose grasses all combine to create a stunning tapestry of plant varieties.

The lower lawns area is all about clean, open, usable kids play space while also offering some “white space” to balance out the upper, more structured zones. A built-in tramp offers another destination within the garden for the young at heart.

Aesthetically you have a visually striking, sophisticated yet relaxed coastal garden that is captured from all internal vistas of the home and perfectly frames, if not enhances, the stunning Port Phillip Bay and coastal bush views beyond.