When we woke up to a little package of 3D landscape drawings in our inbox it felt like Christmas morning. Immediately we were visualising our summer days sitting on the deck, watching boats putt by and listening to the kids splashing in the pool.
We are not afraid of a bit of work in the garden and fancy that we could put together a nice yard with plenty of greenery, a place to BBQ and a bit of decking. Our last garden was certainly all DIY. But when we saw what our landscape architect came up with to complement our future home, we knew it was better than any plan we could have conceived.
So that was the good news. The bad news was that this impressive design was double our budget. Together with our landscape architect, we’ve been cutting pieces to bring the design closer to our budget and now we are at a point where our “back garden” will look more like this:
I think it has the “Wow” factor. It’s a little less organic/Aussie/au naturel looking than I had imagined for us, but it really suits the house.
To keep within our budget, we are forgoing the shade structure for now, but the umbrella looks pretty good and some of the landscape can evolve over the years. The pool, on the other hand, needs to be right from the start. This is why I’ve been reading up about concrete pools versus fibreglass pools and badgering people-in-the-know to figure out which is best. There are pros and cons to both, but assuming a good quality product and careful installation, the most significant “pro” for concrete in my mind is the look of it, and the critical “con” is the price. I am talking about at $10 – 20 000 difference between the two for the proposed design. Has anyone got two bobs worth to add to that little dilemma?