Landscaping Day 250 – Hard landscaping completed

17 05 2014

Ben and the guys from Daviscapes have finished the hard landscaping.  All the retaining walls, decking, fences, concreting, driveways, irrigation etc are done.  Perhaps one of the most exciting developments to date has been having the turf laid.  For the past two years we have been looking at dirt and mud and prior to that where we lived had concrete paving. The greenery is certainly a welcome addition.

There are only a few things left to be completed which include finishing the wire on the front fence – which looks amazing.  The plants (can’t wait), clothes line installation, letterbox and outdoor lighting.  We also decided as a last minute inclusion to get Ben to incorporate a built-in BBQ area under the alfresco and have asked him to help with putting up the kids cubby house that we got from Matt’s Home and Outdoor Designs.  We were lucky that there was enough room to fit one of the smaller cubbies given that we don’t have a lot of space due to the slope of our block – we got the Townhouse with 900mm elevation. The great thing about working with Daviscapes has been their adaptability during the entire process. While we started with a clear plan, we have been able to make some changes along the way which Ben and the team have been really great at accommodating.

We are really happy with the way things have turned out and Ben and the team have been very meticulous  in their work. The finishes and attention to detail have been terrific.  The most recent work was oiling the decking on the front and in the alfresco which has turned out great.

Here are some photos:

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Front fence looks great

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Front retaining wall – the stone work complements the house facade

 

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Bluestone paving up to the front decking and door

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Front decking freshly oiled

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We have grass!!!!

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Steppers

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Close up of the oiled decking – wood is spotted gum

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Side gate

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Rear decking

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Rear lower retaining wall with decorative wood

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Closeup of the decorative wood on retaining wall

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Alfresco area

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Fences painted to match roof (Woodland Gray)

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Retaining walls painted to match roof (Woodland Gray)

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Purpose built shed

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View of the stairs to top of backyard

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View of the alfresco from top level of yard

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View towards alfresco and rear of house

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Steppers in the backyard

 

 

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Landscaping Day 106 – More backyard decking

24 12 2013

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More work on the back decking the last few days.  It is at a stage that we can use it – just in time for big family Christmas.  With the weather forecast to be 30 degress, we will sure make good use of the outdoor space.  The spotted gum is looking really good.

We requested to have decking screws to install the decking to the subframe as these will not come loose as easily, last longer and require lower maintenance.  Previously when we just had nails, we found that they came loose and consequently the decking lifted up from the frame.

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Bi-fold doors opening up between dining room and alfresco.

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Spotted gum decking up close. You can see the decking screws used to install the deck.

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The decking instantly makes the backyard look bigger.

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First part of the steps being constructed.

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In the next few photos you can see extra concrete laid to complete the circular area outside the rumpus room window and decking.

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C&K





103 Days of Landscaping in Review and Water Meter Relocation

21 12 2013

bobcatHere’s our first blog post since we started the landscaping construction.

We had to re-locate the water meter as it was in the middle of where the new driveway would go.  The process of moving the water meter was a pain due to some stuff ups by Select Solutions who are the contractors employed by the water authority, Yarra Valley Water, to officially re-locate water meters.  If the water meter was to move < 600mm your own plumber could do the move, be as we were relocating it a good few meters away so it had to go through proper authorities.  The cost to move the meter was around $1,900 (booked through Reece) and involved moving the meter to the new location and then connecting the meter and tap to a new mains located under the road.

The best information I could find about relocating water meters is in the document Water Metering & Servicing Guidelines (Section 6.3, page 11).

We completed our landscaping design with Ben from Daviscapes back in early July and landscaping construction started on 9 September.  Its been 103 days since we started and we are pleased we are making some progress after some rain delays during October.  We can now start to see the landscaping take shape and its starting to look great.

Below are some pics taken over the course of the construction.

Landscape Design v3. Copyright @ Daviscapes.

Landscape Design v3. Copyright @ Daviscapes.

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Picture of the front before any landscaping works

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The backyard before any earthworks. You can see the pink lines outlining the landscaping.

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Digger in action. I think Ben calles it Daviscrapes!

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Some of the dirt excavated from the back – there was a lot!

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Back retaining wall foundations and brick going up

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We like the curved wall – it softens the hard structure a bit. The curve was put in so we can put a trampoline in.

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Render now applied. There was also some waterproofing underneath.

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One of the guys from Daviscapes hard at work.

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Rear decking going in. Makes the alfresco area feel bigger.

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View from inside through the bi-folds towards the alfresco area and steps.

The boys unloading the digger from the truck

The boys unloading the digger from the truck

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Front decking frame going in.

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Front feature retaining wall

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View of the front of the house.

We selectected Spotted Gum for the decking timber.  The finish of the wood is very smooth and the colour texture of the wood is great.  Another great selection.

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Front decking almost complete

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View of the front with concrete path base.  No more walking over dirt into the house!!
You can see Santa on the balcony.

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View from the balcony

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The retaining wall area – nice space.

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The walk up to the front door. We are very happy with the white plantation shutters for the sidelight windows.

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Nice going Daviscapes! 🙂

C&K