The Parade

Retro from the street. An oasis on the side. A fashionable entertaining space to the rear. Great Spaces made it flow together as one.


This brand-new dwelling sits amongst Edwardian neighbours in a tranquil street. The brief was to create an entrance to match the area’s period charm. Then bring nature inside via an internal courtyard and side path landscaping. And finally, create a sophisticated entertaining space around a pool area to the rear. Common themes would be needed to link these separate areas together to feel like part of one cohesive style.


The front garden design mixes classic surfaces, textures, and plants to create a modern feel that doesn’t look out of character in an older suburb. A circular lawn, low-maintenance planting, and juxtaposed paving styles add to the classic contemporary vibe. The interior courtyard was designed to make use of the available sun and create a lush private sanctuary. Streamlined fencing, pool surrounds, natural lawns, and climbing plants would continue the stylish look and feel through to the back garden.


The build began with the installation of sub-terrain irrigation, lighting, and garden fixture services, and the entire property required fencing from scratch. An exposed aggregate driveway was laid along with a signature style mix of bluestone and crazy paving sections to form a contemporary front path. The mixed paving and dark fences with reo-mesh trellis were themes to link the spaces throughout the property. Corten steel borders, natural turf, and a diverse range of low-maintenance planting completed the street view.

The central courtyard and lightwells facing side boundaries were planted with Japanese maple, ferns, and lush shade-friendly ground coverings to create the feel of a sophisticated oasis. Bluestone steppers formed the side path, and raised beds with fence-mounted reo-mesh trellis were built before being planted with fragrant climbers, which will eventually block views to the neighbours.

This natural screen flows into the rear garden along with the signature paving theme linking the inner courtyard to the back patio. We installed a sleek metal pergola to create a stylish feature and contain the space. Bluestone pavers, glass safety fencing, and a limestone feature wall were built around the pool. Simple planting, more climbers, a lawn with steppers, and a lemon tree in a giant feature planter bring in the green. Stylish slatted black baton fencing cleverly conceals storage space for the pool equipment and a sliding gate for rear vehicle access. The outcome is a home that flows together as one and makes the most of the owner’s outdoor lifestyle.