The fantastic verandahs bordering the stately home at ‘Kinvarra’ provide 360-degree views of the Yarra Valley. Unifying the impressive federation style residence with the surrounding landscape meant creating features with comparative scale and beauty. The landscape needed to have a sense of grandeur and magnificence, whilst still being calming and inviting.
The rational design imperatives of the space were to create a lasting, sustainable environment with considerable water collection and storage. The large billabong is the soul of the landscape, all driveway and roof water runoff is directed to this system.
This water is then used to sustain the whole landscape including the fire system. The multi-award winning property also features a large permaculture area including a chicken coop, based on the client’s wish to have organic produce for their family. Grey water and sewage are treated on site, with recycled water used to irrigate certain zones of the property. A significant solar power system is in use, making this property one of the most sustainable in the state.
Awards: 2006 - LIAV Landscapes of the Year Award. 2006 - LIAV Award Winner Water Wise Category 2006 - Australian Landscapes Industry Association (ALIA) – Landscape of the Year -Runner up Part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme 2009/2010 Featured on Jamie Durie’s Australia’s Best Backyard