tree house? yes please.

Images from Arch Daily

There seems to be an architectural design aesthetic in Japan that really draws me in. The Japanese residential homes I’ve looked at are often small with split levels, nooks and mezzanines and this clever use of space particularly appeals to me. I also really enjoy the pared back colour palette used in so many homes; light natural timbers and crisp white walls. And then today on ArchDaily I came across this gem. I’m not sure I can express quite how much I enjoy this home, but have a look for yourself. Trees were craned into the build to create this amazing natural installation. A contemporary way to live among the tree tops? Beautiful.

Architect: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates


pophyry filetti projects on the go…

Late last year we started to introduce a brand new product into our range – an Italian porphyry ‘Filetti’ which is a raw linear tile perfect for driveways and other steep or high traffic areas. We’re in the process of putting it on the website as we speak but I just thought I’d share a couple of shots with you from Michael Cooke garden design as he’s  been right into it already and it’s looking fantastic.

The first job is at Central Coast Grammar School where the Cornerstone crew have been hard at it to finish this courtyard garden before before school resumes. Here Michael  has used  the Italian `Filletti’ porphyry and a sensational tiled wall that doubles as seating. The foliage colours are perfect for this area and it will look fantastic once we see some growth.

Eco Outdoor porphyry filetti used here by Michael Cooke at Central Coast Grammar

The second job is another Michael Cooke Design up at Copacabana on the central coast. Here Adam Eurell and the Nature’s Vision boys have been using porphyry filetti for a large driveway area leading up to the house. Notice the lay pattern which has some perpendicular sections to break up the linear format and add some interest over a large area.

Eco Outdoor porphyry filetti natural stone for driveway area

Eco Outdoor porphyry filetti natural stone for driveway area

Eco Outdoor porphyry filetti natural stone for driveway area

flinders open garden

This Australia Day will see two inspiring and contrasting contemporary gardens open for a special twilight event, as part of Open Gardens Australia.

Musk Cottage
Owner and landscape designer Rick Eckersley has created a quintessentially Australian contemporary garden full of character and style. The natural flowing landscape incorporates wetlands and woodlands using native and exotic grasses, strappy-leafed plants and shrubs selected for position, site conditions and aesthetic appeal.

In an elegant garden designed by Paul Bangay, Mediterranean-style plantings complement the French-influenced house. Wide grassed steps lead to an impressive terrace overlooking the countryside and Westernport Bay. The garden also features box hedges, which retain roses, salvias, irises and nepeta, while olives and rosemary blend with mature eucalypts.

Rick Eckersley's Open Garden

Opening Information
Saturday 26 January 2013. The gardens will be open from 4pm-8pm.
A joint ticket giving entry both gardens is $25.00, no charge for children under 18.
Bookings not required.
Musk Cottage: 371 Musk Creek Rd, Flinders. Enter from Mitford Rd.
Bangols: 525 Tucks Rd, Shoreham (near Flinders).