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Handcrafted stone is a beautiful complement to an evocative garden in Toorak


Antique Salmon and Pewter Granite paving, Golden Dune Granite barbecue

This immaculate home in Melbourne’s Toorak harmoniously blends antique and newly quarried stone in a relaxed and inviting outdoor setting. While Antique Salmon Granite and Antique Pewter Granite stair treads and paving create a warm welcome at the home’s entrance, they continue in the back garden, providing a welcoming invitation to enjoy the rear terrace, encased by overhanging vines, and providing shade and tranquillity in abundance.

Antique Salmon and Pewter Granite

​“What we love about the garden is not only the relaxed setting, but also the way the exquisite stone elements complement every aspect of the garden itself, and continue to develop a beautiful patina over time,” comments Rachel Robertson, home owner.

Of course, in Australia no garden is complete without a barbecue; this one particularly special. It is framed in a combination of the Antique Granites, well paired with Golden Dune Granite, finished in handcrafted split face and honed textures, and lined with North Ankar Firebrick inside. “We’ve spent countless summer evenings outside enjoying our barbecue/pizza oven, with friends and family; it’s such an amazing space,” Rachel continues.

Herons' Egg granite pool wall, tiles, wall caps and veneer

A delightful pool setting complements the design, crafted from Heron’s Egg Granite, complete with a pool wall containing custom honed ‘domes’, honed waterline tiles, bush hammered wall caps and a split face veneer. “The Heron’s Egg Granite cladding beautifully complements the earthy tones of the reclaimed granite planks in the dining/entertaining area,” comments Eckersley Garden Architecture.

“This garden oozes the easy going charm of its owners. What we’ve created is a beautiful evocative garden that provides spaces for an active and social family,” adds Eckersley.

Indeed, it is a true masterpiece. And what the owners most love about this garden is the seasonality that it offers, with new delightful surprises appearing every month. “From the vine covered outdoor dining space, to garden retreat, and enclosed swimming area, the garden offers series of spaces that merge gently into one another,” continues Eckersley.

So beautifully complemented by handcrafted stone, this outdoor setting in Toorak is sure to delight and surprise its owners, their friends, and families for generations to come.

Landscape Design: Eckersley Garden Architecture in conjunction with Rhodes Architectural Stone

Stone: Antique Pewter Granite and Antique Salmon Granite (paving, stair treads, barbecue)

Golden Dune Granite (barbecue)

Heron’s Egg Granite (pool wall, dome, waterline tiles, wall caps and veneer) North Ankar Firebrick (barbecue lining)

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