Tim Davies Landscaping
Tim Davies Landscaping (TDL) has long established itself as an award-winning leader in landscape design within Western Australia since 1983. With over a thousand different projects completed, TDL works on a philosophy of a “garden for life”. Their attention to design, construction, maintenance and horticulture marks their dedication to creating the right landscape for a range of environments.
Working with both commercial and residential designs, TDL works with sculptures, art, water features and swimming pools to create the perfect design for a range of different clientele. We sat down with Davies to speak with him about his recent West Leederville project.
How would you describe your approach to landscape design, and what generally influences the style of your work?
Successful landscapes are an extension of the home, respond to the site and are a reflection of clients personalities. We firstly gain a comprehensive understanding our clients vision that activates our creative thinking and ambition to assess landscape opportunities. Once we understand how the landscape is to unfold structurally, styling is influenced by a combination of home type, artwork within the house, materials and innovation collected while researching.
In this project, the arbor materials and style tie back to the home and the pool was actually influenced by the clients book on the famous photographer Slim Aarons.
What inspired you on this particular project?
A beautiful brief was given to us by the clients, along with supporting inspiration images to help communicate what it was they wanted from their outdoor space. The proposed garden and pool was to complement the existing architecture and style of the clients’ 1898 cottage home. It was to embody a classic planting palette of green & white; with existing citrus, mature trees and wisteria used collectively throughout the new garden layout.
The existing site was sloping grass with lots of vegetation and mature trees. It was hard to imagine how the wish-list – including a pool, lawn area, conversation pit, koi pond and extended pergola – were all going to fit! After a few shuffles, the resulting layout feels generous and balanced.
With the block sloping down towards the back of the property, it lent to the idea of having the end wall of the pool exposed, creating a sunken intimate area at the end of the pool for the teenage kids and their friends to hang out. A hedge ‘moat’ was created between the pool and lawn to provide pool isolation without the need of a physical fence while abiding to BCA.
What are your favourite features of the project?
The original idea was to have the koi pond and pool within the same space, but after rationalising the space, the garden worked better as a collective with the pool and pond separated. The custom corten and bluestone koi pond runs down one side of the property and wraps around an existing Jacaranda, giving the illusion of the tree growing through the pond. This wrapping around of the pond was a decision made on site by the construction supervisor as the rectangular pond was sitting too close to the tree. The other alternative was to cut the pond short. The result turned out to be one of the most favourite features of the garden.
What advice do you have for clients thinking of engaging with a Landscape designer?
Experience and capabilities of the designer or landscape company are important to understand prior to meeting to discuss your project as the relationship with your designer is critical to the success of the project. Meeting face to face will quickly help you understand if you are in the right place and have the right fit for your project.
Pergola & Mahogany Timber Deck installed by Seabreeze Outdoor
Pool installed by Future Pools
Corten steel pond fabricated and installed by Flux Impressions
Bluestone from Absolute Stone
Photos by Grab Photography