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5 Landscape Construction Trends Shaping Sydney’s Outdoors

31 Mar 2020

Do you want to transform your outdoor landscape into something spectacular? Many landscapes constructed today are thoughtfully and creatively built for living, working and playing – bringing together both style and function for a sensational outdoor experience.

Design adds value faster than it adds costs” – Joel Spolsky 

Art and creativity are what makes our world a beautiful place to live in. Outdoor landscapes transform the way we live and enjoy life. Not only do they add value in terms of aesthetics and aromas, but they also offer tremendous benefits for people and the environment.

We are going to delve in some of our favourite landscape construction trends shaping Sydney’s outdoor areas. These can be used in both residential and commercial landscape construction.

  1. Experiential landscape design

    Commercial landscape construction designs – including offices are incorporating walking paths, bicycle paths and dining areas to enhance employees’ experience and improve their productivity. On the other hand, residential landscapes are incorporating designated areas for cooking, dining, relaxing and even working outdoors. Some featured trends include fully integrated outdoor lighting and audio/visual systems for a multisensory experience by both day and night.

    Landscape construction designs in Sydney are also incorporating key elements and experiences at the beginning of the entrance – with beautiful lawns, plants and other elements making a welcoming and lasting first impression.

  2. Water management, conservation and eco-friendly practices

    ‘Sustainability’ – a trend or buzzword that has been part of the industry for years. This is more than a trend and influences how landscapes are created and maintained for the future. Landscape construction sites in Sydney are integrating eco-friendly watering practices and other irrigation technology to help with water management and conservation.

    The Sydney landscape construction industry is also utilising the latest tools and eco-friendly innovations to reduce the harmful effects on the environment. Some of these tools include lawnmowers and leaf blowers which feature low or no emissions. The industry has also seen a rise in mobile apps, 3D modelling and drones as a part of both residential and commercial landscape planning.

  3. Rooftop balconies and gardens

    Rooftops have become a rising trend in both commercial and residential landscapes in Sydney. Offering a space for entertainment and relaxation, these architecturally designed areas are enhancing the way people live and work. With many people downsizing and moving into apartments, rooftops allow them to connect to nature and outdoors without having to go too far. Decorative screens have become very popular throughout Australian landscaping and are the perfect multi-purpose feature.

    As rooftops/balconies are usually limited with space, neutral colours for decking and walls are common – this creates the illusion of spaciousness and width. Timber decking is also a popular choice for rooftop areas, offering an earthy and minimalist look. Stone pavers are also extremely common and used extensively throughout rooftop balconies.

  4. Darker colour palettes

    Colour trends are not restricted for interiors only. From pavers to fencing, on-trend colour finishes to your outdoor space will ensure a fresh and modern aesthetic, lasting many years to come. Choosing the right colour theme will also help enhance other surrounding features and can even make your outdoor area feel larger than it is.

    A great way to enhance your outdoor space is by opting for darker colours including greys and charcoals – these tones have become very popular in recent years. Darker colour palettes add a sense of drama to your outdoor area. They also offer a great contrast with surrounding plants/trees. Deeper colour palettes also make it easier to colour coordinate with the furniture. Make sure you don’t go overboard with the number of colours/tones you choose as you don’t want an outdoor area that is overpowering.

  5. Outdoor heating

    Enjoy your outdoor area all year round with outdoor heating. Outdoor entertaining is a massive part of Australian culture. Throughout summer, autumn, winter and spring, Australians love to host parties, events and barbeques outdoors. This is where the need for outdoor heating has come about. Fire pits are a great way to heat an outdoor area, providing an enjoyable feature for the garden and a natural gathering spot for socialising. Fire pits are also a great design feature – creating a focal point where people are naturally drawn. If fire pits are not your thing, other options include gas patio heaters or radiant heaters that can be installed on the roof of your outdoor area.

Do you need a landscape construction expert in Sydney to help you transform your outdoor area? At Civil and Scape, our team of professionals are committed to excelling client expectations and providing superior service while maintaining a continued sense of pride for employees. Offering top-quality landscaping solutions and a high level of workmanship, our team ensures your needs are exceeded.

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