17 August 2018 Alex Mitchell

Building a designer Newcastle granny flat: the finishing touches – landscaping & fencing

Over the past six blogs we have been explaining the process to build a designer Newcastle granny flat from start to finish. The Silverdale two-bedroom designer granny flat is now complete, with just the landscaping and fencing needed to fully finish the project.

With the brief always focused on a high quality architectural finish and low maintenance, we were mindful that the outdoor amenity needed to match the indoors.

Before installing the garden elements to The Silverdale’s exterior, retaining walls were put in place to level the block. In this granny flat we used Real-Crete®, a long-lasting durable concrete sleeper which is a great alternative to timber sleepers as they will not split, warp, rot or be infiltrated by termites.

We chose a woodgrain textured finish in charcoal to compliment the colourings used on the external walls of the granny flat. The charcoal feature colour is also incorporated into the design elements in the wooden features of the tiled front entry patio and rear covered alfresco entertaining area. These accents in the roof coverings bring a real sense of style to the architectural elements we have highlighted in our overall design.

Synthetic turf was was chosen for the project for its low maintenance qualities and great year round looks. In the pastit was a poor imitation of a beautifully manicured lawn but today it is a fantastic alternative to a natural lawn without the hassle of mowing, watering and feeding in a metropolitan setting.

This low maintenance option was paired with beautiful native Australian plants and succulents throughout the garden to create an eco-friendly exterior environment. The landscaping team laid weed matting under the plant line and completed the garden beds with pebbles to minimise the possibility of weeds breaking through the ground surface.

Given the size and aspect of the block, we were able to provide a divider between the new Newcastle granny flat and the existing home by installing a Colorbond® fence in the colour Basalt. We also painted the existing neighbours fence in Colorbond Monument to keep with our overall vision of the site.

The streetscape for the granny flat which has its own frontage via a side street, is finished off with an architectural fence. This fence is rendered blockwork with an inset mailbox and aluminium vertical baton fence in Colorbond Monument. A solar powered, automatic sliding front gate provides fuss-free access to on-site parking for the owner. Visitors have their own entrance gate that leads to a beautiful colour-sealed concrete path right to the front door.

We’re so proud of The Silverdale. As always, the Backyard Grannys team worked so well together to complete the build in the most efficient time frame and with an exceptional attention to detail. The next blog will be all about the finished granny flat and we will be showing you our timelapse video and internal photos of this exceptional granny flat!

Whether The Silverdale design is a perfect fit for your backyard, you are interested in another of our custom architectural designs, or you would like to sit down with the Backyard Grannys team to choose a granny flat design of your own, please get in touch by filling in the form below.

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