Laurelbank Residence




Contemporary landscape with Spa




To transform the under utilised back yard into a functional and exciting lifestyle extension. An entertaining spa will be the focal point requiring smooth access from the indoors and to a hard surfaced BBQ area. This project was challenging in a number of ways vertically, horizontally and legally. Not only is the space only 4m wide with an awkward downward slope, it is also surrounded by 2 and 3 story buildings and vegetation. To make an even more complex project the property is in a heritage overlay zone and required building permits for the spa, raised deck and architectural modifications. 


Re-invention of an uninviting backyard. We worked tirelessly to find a resolution where all spaces work together and the experience of being in each space is more than desirable. The spa was elevated to relieve some of the overbearing surrounds but also to be visible from within the home, to allow ease of access and to feel apart of the lower BBQ area. Laden with fruits and herbs, the lower space supports outdoor dinning and entertainment. A one meter wide path wraps around the spa allowing unrestricted access to the side and front of the property.