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Poolscape by Rolling Stone Landscapes with large swimming pool, spa pool, stepping stones, weir water feature, outdoor kitchen

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Scale and proportion are just as important to landscape design as they are to architecture. And when a house is large and contemporary, the landscaping needs to follow suit.

Landscape designer Dean Herald of Rolling Stone Landscapes was involved in this project right from the start – when cows grazed on site.

"It's a very large 2ha site, well suited to the resort-style setting the owners wanted," Herald says. "A consistent gradient down from the street meant we could position the house, pools and a pavilion on the upper level, and step the landscaping down to a tennis court below."

As with all Herald's designs, integrating the landscape with the architecture was paramount.

"We even introduced water to the house right at the entry, with a long reflection pool that creates a line of sight out to the landscape beyond. Small fountains, or bubblers, add movement and sound, and help direct the eye. Water flows beneath stepping stones to cascade over a wet edge into the swimming pool. From here it falls over another weir at the other end of the pool, so the water is constantly moving."

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The pavilion echoes the contemporary design of the house, and features a similarly large overhang with a chimney element. A wood deck cantilevering over the pool reinforces the resort look. The pavilion, which is also positioned to overlook the tennis court, provides a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, dining and lounging areas, a fireplace and stone-clad chimney, and a bathroom.

The tropical theme is further enhanced by a large date palm on one side of the pool. Herald says the height of the palm helps to keep the size of the pavilion in perspective.

"As soon as we put in the palm, everything fell into place – the proportions were perfect."

First published date: 29 October 2012

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Landscape designer Dean Herald, Rolling Stone Landscapes (Dural, NSW)
House architect Urban Harmony
House builder Gremmo Homes
Pool builder Splish Splash Pools
Landscape contractor Rolling Stone Landscapes
Cladding on pavilion Lugano Italian granite from Eco Outdoor
Outdoor furniture Tribu sofas from Cosh Living; Nullica day beds with stainless steel frame from Eco Outdoor
Paving Ecolight porcelain tile in Floor Gres Echotech from Di Lorenzo
Gates and fencing Glass, with stainless steel spigots
Outdoor kitchen Kastell Kitchens
Fireplace Heatmaster B Series wood firebox from Dragon Wholesaling