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This tropical water garden captures the look of a Balinese resort

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Tropical outdoor area with pergola, sandstone paving and pool by Robin Shafer of Shafer Design

The allure of a tropical holiday spent lounging beside a pool at a luxurious Balinese resort is one few can resist. As this property shows, it can be a strong design influence for homeowners embarking on a new landscaping project.

With its pagoda-like tiered roofs and loggias, the house itself was inspired by Balinese architecture and the owners wanted the landscape to follow suit. With this in mind, they approached landscape designer Robin Shafer of Shafer Design to create a garden that would respond to the architecture and capture the lush, tranquil look of a Balinese resort.

"The aim was to emulate some of the ambience of Bali and create a tranquil environment using water as the key focus," says Shafer."It was important to create the feeling that you could sit amongst the water, not just beside it."


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The architecture of this house is enhanced by the landscape, which was designed by Robin Shafer of Shafer Design to capture the look of a Balinese resort. A pergola, typical of Balinese architecture, appears to float in the middle of the pool and is completely surrounded by water, enhancing the water garden theme. There is an infinity edge around multiple sides of the pool, which also features a wader pool for the owners grandchildren.

The result is a tropical water garden, with features such as a pergola and timber boardwalk that appear to float on top of the pool. A sandstone deck and stepping stones further enhance this aesthetic.

"The house was designed so the water laps right up against it. The stepping stones create a floating pathway, and the planter and pergola accentuate the fact that it's a water garden, not just a pool."

Designed to be a family-oriented space, the garden features plenty of outdoor living areas, as well as a large lawn and wader pool for children.

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In this tropical-themed pool environment, sandstone paving and stepping stones add a lightness to the landscape and contrast with the colour of the pool tiles.

The palms and low, textured ground cover give the garden a tropical focus, which enhances the theme and frames the view of the estuary beyond.

Credit list

House designer
Pool designer
Robin Shafer, Shafer Design
Paving
Peachwhite sandstone, by SSL Group
Planting
East West Landscaping, Christine Ramage
Landscape designer
Robin Shafer, Shafer Design
Pool builder
Carlos Morgan, Morgan Pools
Decking
Stained Vitex

Story by: Trendsideas

30 Dec, 2013

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