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Yarrawonga Drive - Outdoor Project

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The carpentry on this project was performed by Nixon Build employee, German National Jonathan Melczer whose attention to detail is second to none. A superb craftsman who settles for no less than perfection.

This site at 65 Yarrawonga Drive like many on hillside developments was particularly difficult; geologically, because granite is a particularly hard material to work around and secondly site access.

All work had to be performed working around an existing structure with limited access. Due to the reach the use of a crane was not an option. There is no vehicle access, resulting in all the material having to be carried by hand for the project. Hundreds of meters of 200x50mm timber was required to achieve this structure, plus associated fittings, fixtures and necessary tools. All the footing holes, approx. 50 in total, required hand digging and the concrete to form the footings was also man handled to the site and mixed and poured as required.

Sloping sites are a challenge and the object is to optimize land that would otherwise be deemed redundant. The best laid plans often fail as the terrain dictates your options. Quoting on such a project is very risky if the objective is to finish with the optimal solution. Options are consistently being reevaluated as the project unfolds. The brief was to develop the block with a practical outcome and aesthetic value; a space that is functional, user friendly and with a garden which requires little maintenance. There was a pad benched out approx. 20x40m that provided a rear yard which could be turfed and which adds great value for family living. The rock and spoils were utilised for retaining walls and fill, and a further 150m3 of fill was required to complete the benching. The remainder of the yard was marked for garden with a timber walkway access leading to the back of the block with an expanded platform to provide a generous entertainment area complete with outdoor lounge, casual seating and dining. A commercially finished barbeque kitchen complete with kitchen sink, running water and the obligatory bar fridge was installed. Since practicality was part of the brief and access to the main house not exactly a couple of steps away, as a final touch an outside powder room was constructed to help minimize the need for multiple trips to the main house through the course of an evening event.

After construction the landscape was well dressed with an appropriate selection of plants offering good hardy foliage that was not demanding of attention. The deck and walkways were finished with a balustrade and rail that blended well with the environment. The 200x50mm top rail on a 90x90mm post which would second as a bar adds a practical element and the stainless steel wire balustrading adds a classy finish to a bush outdoor entertaining environment. All the elements are enhanced as night falls with clever lighting that optimizes all that features in this space. There are a number of circuits to include some with concealed lighting to highlight particular features. The lighting is controlled by a Dynalight system offering lighting scenarios for all occasions. The powder room platform is elegantly isolated with a charm that can only be appreciated by visiting the site.

This project was difficult at every turn, however, persistence and reevaluating opportunities has yielded an endpoint you could only be proud to own.


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