Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 27 Summer 2010 Contents Phase3 Pools is a subsidiary
arm of Phase3 Landscape
Construction which offers a full
service in the design and
installation of free-form concrete
pools and spas. Design services
are provided by partner company
Newforms Landscape Architec-
ture. Phase3 prides itself on
innovation and quality
workmanship in construction and
excellence in customer service.
Our pools include premium
equipment and all pools are
covered by a 6 year structural
warranty. Phase3 thrives on
delivering unique and challenging
projects on time and on budget.
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back a bit”. This includes breaking up areas of light colour with
darker colours to cut glare and create a calmer feeling.
Many of his ideas have been brought to life at his home. Blake and
his wife, Annie, have two young boys, and their outdoor area was
designed so they could climb, jump and swim in a secure area.
It demonstrates sustainability, but in a holistic way, because Blake
sees this concept as more than just choosing waterwise plants. Out
the back, the enclosed area contains a beautiful undercover alfresco
dining area, a rainwater tank, cubby house, vegetable garden and
hen house (chicken manure fertilises the vegie plants). There’s an
area of lawn for the boys to play on, which also “cools things down”
because paving “creates a heat sink”. At the front, there’s a walled
fishpond bordered by bench seats off the parents’ bedroom. The adults
can relax in the zen feel of this area and the kids can cool off in the
pond thanks to UV filtering and tiny fish that eat mosquito larvae.
Blake says clients sometimes ask for a dozen features, but he’ll
suggest doing two or three well instead of many “at 50 percent”.
“If there’s impact everywhere, there’s impact nowhere,” he explains.
Concepts that work well in his view are “dragging light inside and
dragging the landscape inside”, for example, having a beautiful tree
up-lit, so it can be seen through windows at the back as you enter
the home at night. This makes a statement and brings the outside
in. “It’s about having good axial views... an axis, an alignment of
something... Versailles is full of them,” he says with a laugh.
They’re also seen in old-style Japanese gardens, he adds, where
despite the appearance of chaos, various elements are aligned,
creating order and a sense of tranquillity. There’s that nod to the
wider world around him again – and, sitting in his home’s outdoor
space, we get it. I Blake Willis Landscape Architects 0425 269 102.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT BLAKE WILLIS’ TOP FIVE
THOUGHTS FOR CREATING A LITTLE ‘PARADISE’
Simple water features There’s n o
n eed fo r water walls. “ L et the qu alities
of water do the job, not the stuff you’re
putting around it or in it. Water’s really
quite cunning, in the fact that it lies
dead flat ... the simple refl ections from
it, the sky, and the wind blowing across
it and the light that jumps up on the
wall next to it, is plenty.”
Surfaces “ Tough, sun pr oof, beautiful
surfaces that work outside and inside
seamlessly,” he says. He gives the
example of polished plaster. The
modern version, he says, unlike the old
st yle, comes in all sor ts of colou rs and
doesn’t crac k. He’s used it on benc h
seat s, alf resco kitchen ben ches an d on
a pedest al that linked a home’s inter ior
to its outdoor area.
Make areas fit for their use “Design
for people to be there, if that’s your
use. If you want it to look at, design
it to look at. Don’t feel you have to
access ever y part of you r garden .”
Outdoor showers “There’s nothing
better than a war m, steamy shower in
winter outside. You come back from
the beach from a surf and it’s getting
dark... it’s cold.... and to have a hot
shower outside is one of the best
things going around.”
Have an edible landscape “Food.
Know where your food comes from,
know what ’s going into it and have
your kids engage with it.” His own
garden includes vegetables, herbs,
figs and bananas.
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