Design back garden

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $462
  • Entries Received: 18
  • Winner: Dreamscape956

Contest Brief

Brief: winner will be person who creates most suitable landscape design for this back garden area based on the requirements below. The requirements are what I think is best, but the designer is welcome to suggest alternative options if desired. Submission must include notes on any excavation required, details/drawings for any retaining walls or other structural additions, a plan view of the area and a series of accurate renders. A walkthrough video as well would be ideal.

Attached is:
- A satellite image of the area
- A satellite image with notes
- Site photos 1-10 showing the area as it is now
- Some site photos with notes
- A .dwg file with elevations

Requirements:
- Excavate behind back bedroom to make an outdoor patio area at same level as existing deck (Site Notes image 2 - area '1' in annotated site plan)
- Add doors from back bedroom onto this patio area (image 3)
- Need access between existing deck and patio area (ideally covered, but not essential)
- Include one or more access ways up to top of section
- Make top of the section into outdoor eating area (2 in annotated site plan)
- Maximize flat lawn area (3 in annotated site plan)

Other notes:
- Existing deck can be replaced and wooden structure over deck can be removed (image 1)
- Patio is to be a relaxing area, designed for family breakfasts or quiet evenings. Must have a fire of some kind, some comfy outdoor chairs, possibly wall seats and maybe a hammock or swing seat if there is space
- The outdoor dining area is intended for guest meals during the summer months. It could be covered but this is not essential. It should have a central area with tables and chairs, and be surrounded by gardens/plants. A nice water feature/water fall would be ideal. And if there is room for a fire pit somewhere then that would be great.
- Ideally the existing out-house could be reused (4 in annotated site plan) - possibly converted into an outdoor kitchen, a sleepout, a play house, a nice shed... It is concrete block so structurally solid. We could cut additional doors/windows in it if required, and we can redecorate or extend if desired. Or it could be bowled.
- Ground can be excavated and additional fill bought in as required
- Retaining walls can be used where required
- Include water features where suitable as I love the sound/look of running water
- Existing house will be repainted so be free to suggest best color for this that suits the landscape design
- I like Mediterranean styling for outdoor areas
- Lawn area is for children playing or lawn games like croquet and should be same height as existing deck
- We like home grown vegetables so include gardens for this where possible
- Add decorative gardens/trees where required to compliment the design
- If a sandpit for kids could be included somewhere out of the way then that would be ideal
- Area needs to be as child friendly as possible (it is not an ideal site for children, but things like large drops could be broken by terraced gardens etc.)

Thank you.

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Public Clarification Board

  • mattvanleuten
    Contest Holder
    • 9 months ago

    A big thank you to everyone who made submissions on this contest - the variety of excellent ideas was impressive!!

    Special mention to the entries with five stars:
    - @Dreamscape956 for the winning entry #45 !!
    - @ghannitp, @afrozaakter04, @AlonsoSuarez and @vadimmezdrin for meeting the design brief very well and providing compelling entries. Each of these had points we loved
    - @AlaskaMatt for focusing on the engineering and cost aspect, and being the only one to provide engineering details

    What we loved about the winning entry:
    - The overall style closely matched what we had in mind as 'Mediterranean' - the colors, choice of materials and layout
    - Incorporating part of the small out-house into a kitchen/bench
    - A suitable restyling of the existing house that matched the outdoor area well
    - Good quality renders
    - The use of water and the bridge to provide a compelling point of difference

    • 9 months ago
  • mattvanleuten
    Contest Holder
    • 11 months ago

    Sorry everyone for further delays with this project. The owner of the property has had a job change and hasn't had time to review the submissions and give feedback. I will extend the project again to give more time to make a decision. Submissions made after the original closure date will be checked in case ideas have been copied from an earlier entry. Thank you for your patience.

    • 11 months ago
    1. afrozaakter04
      afrozaakter04
      • 10 months ago

      waiting for the result .

      • 10 months ago
    2. ghannitp
      ghannitp
      • 9 months ago

      Sir, we are waiting for your final judgement.

      • 9 months ago
  • Paul7127
    Paul7127
    • 10 months ago

    #extended #extended #extended #extended #extended

    • 10 months ago
  • SyedaAkter
    SyedaAkter
    • 10 months ago

    please check my entry #59 #60 #61 #62 #63

    • 10 months ago
  • mattvanleuten
    Contest Holder
    • 12 months ago

    Apologies for the delays in selecting a winner. I have been away on an urgent project and unable to do anything further with this contest. I have extended it for three days to give me more time to select a winner.

    • 12 months ago
    1. mattvanleuten
      Contest Holder
      • 12 months ago

      Thank you all for your entries - I will be in touch as soon as I can.

      • 12 months ago
    2. afrozaakter04
      afrozaakter04
      • 12 months ago

      thank you sir . I will try more update the design.

      • 12 months ago
  • archmamun
    archmamun
    • 1 year ago

    Just waiting to see you judgement

    • 1 year ago
  • mattvanleuten
    Contest Holder
    • 1 year ago

    Thanks everyone for your submissions. I have done a quick initial review, but will be reviewing in more detail over the coming days and will respond with questions or feedback as required.

    • 1 year ago
  • AlaskaMatt
    AlaskaMatt
    • 1 year ago

    "Submission must include notes on any excavation required, details/drawings for any retaining walls or other structural additions"....was I the only one that actually satisfied this requirement?

    • 1 year ago
    1. mattvanleuten
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Yes you were - thank you. I had noted that when reviewing the entries

      • 1 year ago
  • afrozaakter04
    afrozaakter04
    • 1 year ago

    please check my entry #40

    • 1 year ago
  • ghannitp
    ghannitp
    • 1 year ago

    please check my entry #41

    • 1 year ago
  • AlaskaMatt
    AlaskaMatt
    • 1 year ago

    Thanks again, what a cool property

    • 1 year ago
  • afrozaakter04
    afrozaakter04
    • 1 year ago

    please check my entry #34

    • 1 year ago
  • ghannitp
    ghannitp
    • 1 year ago

    I will submit my design soon ........please do not end the contest before the given time...

    • 1 year ago
  • mattvanleuten
    Contest Holder
    • 1 year ago

    Sorry, but I won't be extending the contest.
    Even if your entry is not finished, please still submit it.
    Add note in description that you are still working, and I will message by chat to request final drawings if I like your design.

    • 1 year ago
  • afrozaakter04
    afrozaakter04
    • 1 year ago

    please save the DWG file in lower version

    • 1 year ago
    1. mattvanleuten
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Sorry, what does this mean?

      • 1 year ago
  • jignacio83
    jignacio83
    • 1 year ago

    #extended #extended #extended #extended #extended

    • 1 year ago
  • boyetplatio
    boyetplatio
    • 1 year ago

    #extended #extended #extended #extended #extended

    • 1 year ago
  • adacivil
    adacivil
    • 1 year ago

    #extended #extended plz for just 3dayes

    • 1 year ago
  • mohamedhamdy944
    mohamedhamdy944
    • 1 year ago

    please check entry #28

    • 1 year ago
  • mohamedhamdy944
    mohamedhamdy944
    • 1 year ago

    working on the project please wait until the deadline .

    • 1 year ago
  • ghannitp
    ghannitp
    • 1 year ago

    I started working on your project and will soon post my entry........please do not end the project till tomorrow.

    • 1 year ago
  • mattvanleuten
    Contest Holder
    • 1 year ago

    If anyone wants design ideas, I quite like the style of this house: https://www.habitatbyresene.co.nz/exterior-inspiration-patio-perfection-in-a-1930s-bungalow

    • 1 year ago
  • LutfiMY
    LutfiMY
    • 1 year ago

    #sealed #increaseprize

    • 1 year ago
    1. mattvanleuten
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      What do you think is fair price?

      • 1 year ago
  • AlaskaMatt
    AlaskaMatt
    • 1 year ago

    Could I request a photo of the area where the current fire pit area meets the deck stairs?

    • 1 year ago
    1. mattvanleuten
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      I have added site phot (11) - does that show area you want?

      • 1 year ago
  • VladimirOSDK
    VladimirOSDK
    • 1 year ago

    DO YOU HAVE SOME KINDE OF MESSURMENT FOR YOUR BACKGARDEN.

    • 1 year ago
    1. mattvanleuten
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Dimensions are on the dwg file

      • 1 year ago
  • dodyardiansyah
    dodyardiansyah
    • 1 year ago

    #sealed

    • 1 year ago
    1. mattvanleuten
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Are you asking me to make this a sealed project?

      • 1 year ago
  • KELVIN0510
    KELVIN0510
    • 1 year ago

    can you profide a floor plan of your houses would like to create something realistic for you

    • 1 year ago
    1. mattvanleuten
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      I don't have a proper floor plan, but have uploaded a sketch - hope this is sufficient.

      • 1 year ago

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