In a holiday mecca like Noosa it is no surprise that approximately thirty percent of homeowners have their primary residence elsewhere. For them, time spent in Noosa is mostly for luxuriating in rest and relaxation with family and friends.
Based in regional Victoria, Bill and Gwen Albert were no exception. So when it came to planning a renovation of their new Noosa holiday home late last year, they were anxious not to cause disruption to planned family retreats and, instead, leave the work in trusted, local hands while they were interstate.
They called on John Scomparin of Outside Noosa to undertake an overhaul of the garden of their Noosa bolthole. John says that non-resident home owners account for approximately half of his design and construction business.
“This is a niche that is built on word-of-mouth, on standing within the landscape industry, and on trust,” he says. In this instance, a valued referral had come from Noosa interior designer, Tony Flanagan. Bill and Gwen’s holiday home enjoys an enviable position on the edge of Noosa’s eponymous National Park. One of the challenges presented was that the park was doing a good job of reclaiming some of the backyard. It needed to be ‘unwilded’ and made family-friendly.
It was also opportune that right next door the construction of a new house was on the drawing board, and the owners of this home also commissioned Outside Noosa to complete their landscape design. This allowed for some design synergy, particularly around plant selections, as well as creating spaces to afford privacy for each dwelling.
John and his design colleague Abi Leybourne (pictured above) saw an in-ground pool, built up to the rear boundary of Bill and Gwen’s property, as an opportunity to create a new demarcation line between the home and the National Park.
This also meant that space for their outdoor entertaining could be significantly expanded, with the construction of a wide deck linking the home’s living areas to the pool edge. Devoid of steps, and featuring timber and natural stone, the area makes the most of what was previously an unused space.
Crumbling garden beds and pathways were reconstructed and plants were chosen for both their aesthetic appeal and functionality – including espaliered Star Jasmine, Gardenias that spill over the rock retaining wall, Lomandras and Heliconias.
The project as a whole evokes a feeling of seclusion and tranquillity that is in harmony with its magnificent bush backdrop, yet it is within strolling distance of Hastings Street.
John says that Outside Noosa has had a very consistent approach over twelve years. “Communication with clients is important of course, and our collaboration is greatly assisted with 2D and 3D drawings, so our clients can see the concepts come to life on paper first, and appreciate the small details and particularly the sense of scale.
“With these neighbouring projects, the preplanning was particularly important, so that both clients could visualise their own space as well as their respective aspects over the shared boundary.”
“Good design ensures the accurate delivery of our creative promise.”