There are many things to consider when designing the garden of a Victorian era home. Do you work with the layers of history or start from scratch? Do you reconstruct a period garden or create a garden with a modern aesthetic?
Faced with a crumbling 1950s concrete path, a "Victorian style" aluminium fence and unruly vegetation - the layers of history were not kind to this family home in Elsternwick. The decision was made for a complete overhaul of the front garden, to return the sense of place to the elegant Victorian architecture.
In Victorian times, a bold sense of arrival dominated the front gardens. We achieved this by replacing the diagonal 1950s path with a dark, honed concrete path leading straight to the front steps. To allow the garden to be viewed from the street, the aluminium "Victorian style" fence was replaced with brick pillars, using bricks common to the Victorian era. Between the brick pillars are steel slat inserts, providing a sense of security and giving a modern edge to the design.