With summer well and truly here, thoughts turn to the great outdoors.
We’re lucky to have a reasonably large block, so we will have a generous back yard, around 400sqm. Our grand plan is to have several zones, each of which will have a primary purpose. Here is the (rough) grand plan, entitled “Forest Moon of Endor”:
The “Forest Moon of Endor” title is a reference to the famous moon from Return of the Jedi, in which the Ewoks lived in gorgeous houses nestled in the trees and joined together with wooden bridges.
Whilst we can’t live on Endor, or build treehouses to live in, we can attempt to achieve a deck “tree top” effect by excavating around and under the deck and creating a feature garden bed next to the house.
Anyway, as you can see, many zones. The first “room” I’m posting about here will be the deck.
The deck (extent indicated in tan on the plan) is accessed by the 6-panel sliding stackers off the living room (orange on the plan).
The deck will probably be jarrah, or another similar hardwood. One of the key features of the deck is that it is directly north of the house, and as such it is a significant part of the passive solar design. It will need to have lots of shade in summer but let in the warm sun in winter.
So for that to happen we need deciduous trees close enough to the house to shade the windows. And in keeping with the Endor Effect, we’ve decided that we want them to stick out of the decking, like so:
The deck will transition directly into the “tropical loveland” garden on the north and west, providing a lush effect.
To the east lies Endor, the enclosed tropical forest garden. Endor completely cuts off access to the alfresco from the deck, a deliberate design feature to enforce the concept of the outdoor rooms.
However to the north of Endor is the Sunken Garden, to which the deck will provide access.
Now, on to furnishing the deck. The intended use for this area is as a lounging around area, very relaxed where you can sip on a drink, read a book, and take in the surroundings.
The mood board, of course, features the ubiquitous drinks cart. And a rocking chair, because why not. I’d like random stools and benches scattered around the place for convenience, and we’ll have some pot plants scattered around the place too.
Plant selections yet to come!