Caves Road, Margaret River

This home is nestled along the bank of the Margaret River, set into an established Olive grove. A Xanthorrhoea placed above a crisp white wall makes a statement at the end of the driveway. Up a simple jarrah staircase, this is followed by an avenue of up lit Capital Pears under planted with a variety of strappy grasses. The pure white walls really make the shades of green and red pop. Natural granite stone steppers lead through cracked pea gravel for access to the front door and beyond.

The feature granite boulders, scattered throughout the landscape, not only give homage to the large quantities of granite naturally on the site, some of which was used in the build, but now helps to retain the sloping banks. This is done lightly along the top end of the house and planted out with textural natives, giving splashes of colour through the windows and softening the path around the house.

Caves Road, Margaret River

On the riverside of the house, huge granite boulders are placed throughout the embankment forming larger terraces, with the garden shaped into upper and lower levels. Above, a sweeping green lawn wraps around the northern, sunlight entertaining area. This gives extra space for guests to mingle and the children and dogs to play.

Planted out with abundant, colourful natives, the mounded and sloped garden beds curve around the site to create feature gardens areas, playful borders and to distract from utility areas. Over time they will blend in with the already mature backdrops of the Olive and Eucalyptus trees.

A compacted, red decomposed granite pathway, steps and curves down from the lawn to a firepit area embedded into the bank. This offers protection from the southerly winds, with boulders to sit upon and enjoy the warmth as one takes in the natural beauty of the towering gum trees. The path then continues winding amongst native planting and into the bush on the lower level.