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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by wombat777, 19th Jun, 2015.

  1. wombat777

    wombat777 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Recently finished landscaping my backyard. I got creative so there was a bit of scope creep during this project.



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  2. Steven Ryan

    Steven Ryan Mortgage Broker Business Plus Member

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    Wow, what an improvement. Much more function and value, plus it just looks cool.

    How much time and money went into it?
     
  3. wombat777

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    About $15k in materials and subcontracting. Overall project took about 3 months. There were weather delays and gaps in getting tradies in.

    I had contractors in to do the fencing and the hard landscaping. I supplied the plants, pots, trees and built the fire feature. I also did the lighting, although had the drivers wired up by an electrician.
     
  4. devank

    devank Look, lets just get on with this, ok? Premium Member

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    It looks awesome. How easy is it to keep it like that?
    I struggle to maintain a simple half-wine barrel fish pond :)
     
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  5. wombat777

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    It shouldn't be too hard. I have a watering system which means I can go on holidays without worrying about it. Will need to top up mulch from time to time and keep an eye on weeds.
     
  6. WattleIdo

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    That is truly impressive.
    Would love to copy. Love the wire-pebble-filled-basket-seats and paving. Trees look amazing. Cool stencils on the fences.
     
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    Thanks! The reason for the trees in pots is that I have a stormwater easement at the back of my block and hence can't put trees in the ground. The trees are Mountain Ash - maybe wattle will look good for your situation.

    This was also a quick and attractive way of screening the view of the rear neighbours. Friendly people but my living room windows initially looked across the fence at their back windows.
     
  8. Steven Ryan

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    Excellent stuff. This really does look great. Lots of great decisions made.
     
  9. Shahin_Afarin

    Shahin_Afarin Residential and Commercial Broker Business Member

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    Looks like the next catch up is @ wombat's backyard......
     
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    Perhaps. Small gatherings only so I don't annoy the neighbours. Property investors can be a noisy bunch.

    Actually had the first test run last Friday night with a work gathering.
     
  11. Shahin_Afarin

    Shahin_Afarin Residential and Commercial Broker Business Member

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    In the words of Tony Montana "I was only kidding"
     
  12. Shahin_Afarin

    Shahin_Afarin Residential and Commercial Broker Business Member

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    did you do the lap and cap fencing or was it already there? Looks good.
     
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    That is quite a transformation! Definitely has some "WOW" factor :)
     
  14. wombat777

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    Lap and cap fencing was originally there, however I had a privacy screen added to the top.

    I was also looking at the ugly side of the back fence ( the side with posts and rails ), so I had palings added to my side of the back fence. This also made the painting of the fence much easier ( palings added are not lapped ).
     
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    Still its a bonus to have had the lap and cap there - much better than colorbond fencing :)
     
  16. WattleIdo

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    Finished product looks quite different to the original. Also, how high did you go? It's a good height - is that because it's between neighbours?

    Wattle tree suggestion noted.
     
  17. wombat777

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    The standard fence height in most areas is 1.8m. Generally you can add an open screen to the top to take it to a maximum of 2.4m. It depends on the rules in your council area so I would check.

    I went to that height because the house over the back fence is only about 5-6m from the back fence.

    Fence colour is Monument. I had regular paint tinted as it is hard to get fence finish in this colour. I wanted a colour that would provide a nice contrast for the greenery.
     
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    Looks amazing..

    Very creative and thoughtfull work and design!!!
     
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  19. larrylarry

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    Looks awesome!
     
  20. Sashatheman

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    I really like it. Especially how you painted the fence.