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Ga rden proj ect | Putting on the Ritz
Designer Guy Mouritz talks about the Hillarys job
What is your favourite element of the project?
I love the fire-bowl surrounded by the water feature.
This bowl started life as a manganese mantle
crushing rocks on a mine – we sourced the bowl
and had it fitted with burners and mounted into a
stainless steel frame by our kitchen manufacturer.
What was the most difficult part of this fitout?
I worked alongside the RED engineer on the design
of the timber structure. It needed to be prefabricated
offsite over three weeks, then transported and
assembled in parts to meticulous precision over three
days. A crane was used to lift the large t-shaped
posts into place, each weighing more than 300kg. It
was a three-day job.
What’s the biggest consideration in a project like
this near the coast?
It’s all about combating or accommodating the
natural elements without compromising on the
aesthetics. Smart material choices and the correct
finishes go a ways to doing that. For example, in
this project we made sure the flashings and louvres
were treated with a special powder coating to ensure
longevity. These were then installed to the tops of all
timber beams to protect them from water.
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tall and create a screen for the pool area,
selecting Phyllostachys aurea ‘golden cane’
bamboo, which grows to six metres and
sports thick canes that are tough enough to
cope with the wind and salt spray.
Because the opposite side of the pool
is visible from most rooms of the ground
floor, Guy chose Draceana marginata for its
sculptural form and positioned uplights to
highlight the branches and foliage.
“The business end of the garden around
the water feature is where the timber
draws your eye,” says Guy. “Either side of
this space were two small beds that needed
some ‘wow’, so we selected a clumping of
bamboo. Bambusa oldhamii is planted at
around four metres tall and does extremely
well in the Perth climate. It is often used in
smaller suburban gardens due to its erect,
narrow growth and its beautiful green
canes, which turn gold in direct sunlight.”
The main beds were under planted with
clumping grassy Lomandra ‘Seascape’ and
‘Lime Wave’ to form a blue-green carpet.
Guy’s interior-designer wife, Jodi
Mouritz, transformed the games room i nto
a home theatre. “I had both the indoor and
outdoor furniture designed and custom-
made for the client from carefully selected
materials,” she says. “Because we sought
furnishings that reference one another, we
avoid a clash of colour or tone throughout.”
The coffee table indoors was designed
using the same Victorian ash timbers the
patio is built from, while the marri timber
wall unit and floors reflect the decking and
patio. This houses the projector and sound
equipment as well as a flatscreen TV.
Bi-fold doors link the theatre room to the
outdoor area and a new acoustic ceiling has
been installed. This stream lines clutter by
concealing the automatic projector screen,
motorised block-out blinds, surround-
sound speakers and LED strip lights.
A colour scheme of white, charcoal and
hints of black introduce a contemporary
feel to the room, while tying in the existing
black window frames.
The growing demand from homebuyers
for outdoor-living areas such as this
beautiful and well-planned Hillarys
project are not simply a smart lifestyle
investment, but a financial one, too.
“Renovators should focus on the outside
living area as much as the inside when
determining their scope of works,” says
Guy “This not only influences your
property’s bottom line, but research by
builders is now even showing alfresco
areas are an important indicator of the
style of homes that will be in demand in
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