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e site is on a 1618sqm block (two thirds
of which is now garden) in one of Brisbane's
leafy older suburbs, 11km southwest of
It originally had a few trees and not much
else until Jeremy and Lisa rescued their
"long dreamed of home from demolition"
and relocated it to the site. e new garden
has to complement the gorgeous, old
character home, which is complete with
attics, verandahs and fireplaces.
" e garden is designed around respect
for the age of the house whilst being
sympathetic to the natural attributes of its
new location," says Jeremy.
e block featured established,
quintessential Brisbane trees and palms
including mango, jacaranda, frangipani, fig,
poinciana, silky oak, kauri and hops pines,
and Alexander and Cuban royal palms.
Working in with the established trees,
Jeremy wanted to create a formal garden
with structure that is conceived as a series of
Within these rooms, the garden had to
cater for a family of five and their passion
for living outdoors. Jeremy wanted to create
expansive outdoor dining areas, open
grassed play spaces, quiet contemplative
pockets, a swimming pool and room for
pets (a dog and cat, chickens, ducks and
e first room upon entering the home is
the "Arrival Courtyard", which is centred
on an old Cuban royal palm. Jeremy added
a contemporary look to the courtyard with
a sculptural trellis made of rusted steel that
frames the area.
" e trellis reflects the patternation of
abstracted leaf and branch structure," says
Jeremy. " e courtyard is more like an
enclosed courtyard sort of experience, so you
have limited views but they're towards the
artistic elements such as the trellis and the
rounded, sculpted seat."
e courtyard is one of Jeremy's favourite
spots and he and Lisa regularly sit out there
in the morning with a hot cup of coffee.
" e morning light is lovely in the
courtyard," he says.
Another striking sculpture, a white
mosaic sphere, has been poised at the end
of the path, where a gateway forms a portal
e "Great Lawn" in the back garden
provides the family with a visually soothing,
active recreation space.
"We use it as a place to throw the ball
around and have a game of cricket," says
Jeremy. " e lawn is great as a spill over
" e courtyard is more like an enclosed courtyard
sort of experience, so you have limited views but
they're towards the artistic elements such as the
trellis and the rounded, sculpted seat."
FEELING RUSTY: A sculptural trellis made of rusted steel
hugs the front garden, creating an enclosed front courtyard.
BALINESE TOUCH: (below) Balinese stone wheels add a
touch of the exotic to the garden.
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