Local landscaping firm, Outside Noosa, recently picked up two prestigious gongs at the 32nd Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards held in Brisbane. Taking home ‘Best Maintenance – Commercial’ (for contracts up to $250 000), and ‘Best Residential Landscape Construction’ (for projects up to $80 000) capped a big year for the business, which has also seen it rehouse to Rene Street, with a design studio and showroom.
The Maintenance Award recognised Outside Noosa’s work within the Noosa Springs residential precinct, a project with which the business has enjoyed more than a decade-long association. Outside Noosa trumped three other finalists to win this highly competitive category.
The second category win applauded Outside Noosa’s reconstruction of an existing garden at Sunrise Beach. Outside Noosa took out this award ahead of six other finalists from across the state.
The initial client brief asked for some structural ingenuity to realise a large, contemporary, usable space, replacing a backyard that had long since lost its appeal.
Outside Noosa’s redesign had structural integrity at the core, and employed the very best landscape products. The project is notable for the exemplary precision with which the Outside Noosa team installed every element, including more than 200 square metres of bluestone paving and free form walling stone for two feature outdoor fireplaces.
The home owners, who are based overseas, were on hand for only a fraction of the construction period, trusting Outside Noosa to get the job done to a high standard in their absence.
Outside Noosa Co-owner and Manager, John Scomparin, said his clients took confidence from the initial architect plans and drawings that had been honed in consultation with them via exchange of emails.
With approximately half of his design and construction business coming from non-resident homeowners, John says this approach is not at all unusual and is one of the many benefits of his firm having an in-house landscape architect.
For a layperson, and with choices abounding, it can be difficult to determine what’s what garden-wise. So, with an eye for quality, and the trophies to prove it, we asked John for his take-home advice to turn any Noosa garden into a showstopper and he’s nominated four key considerations:
Connect indoor with outdoor, with the use of viewpoints from certain rooms.
“Extending views will help bring certain aspects from outdoors, to the inside. It could be as simple as a feature pot or water feature.”
Create outdoor settings with ambience, height, shape, colour and texture.
“Balance soft furnishing, plants and wall décor such as decorative screens or garden lighting.”
Build a dramatic effect with plants of different shapes and colours.
“Different coloured foliage with varying leaf patterns that suit the climate and conditions are ideal for creating drama – and don’t forget to prune and fertilise for summer growth.”
And, if you’re prepared to go to the next level:
“Outdoor fireplaces and kitchens are creature comforts that are redefining Queensland living.”