Landscaping: More motivation (Like I needed it)

Binet backyardAs I wrote about previously, we’ve had a number of influences on our decision to go with a tropical, resort style yard for the new house.

Beyond our many trips to Hawai’i, and love of Balinese style architecture, there was yet another point of inspiration that we came across when Megan and I first started our search for the perfect home. This inspiration came from a property that the luxury home builder Binet Homes built in the Castle Hill suburb, Northwest of Sydney.

13 Kingscott Place caught our eye when we were searching, and while we knew we couldn’t afford the $1.8 million price tag, we knew we had to check out the property to understand what it was about this style of home, and this style of landscaping that made it work for us.

Binet Home Panorama

This home was meticulously landscaped, and while it felt like there were a lot of designer furnishings and unnecessary features internally (like a neat looking, but completely unnecessary blue, backlit staircase), the outside of the house seemed well thought out, incorporating a tropical feel to it, while using drought hardy/tolerant plants. The Xanadu, around the base of the Golden Cane Palms (in the middle of the above photo) is a style Megan and I are likely to incorporate into our design, as well as the occasional trifecta of Alexander Palms (on either side of the above photo).

At any rate, we’ve done a lot of research into tropical looking plants that can sustain longer periods between watering. Despite the fact that we’ve got recycled water onsite (which allows for drip systems etc.), we’re still keen to keep our water usage down.

After all, it’s still Australia.

What kind of landscaping/garden do you prefer?

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About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.


  1. Kriss says:

    It will be like being on your wedding trip everyday!

    Landscaping seems like a new exciting way to express your creativity. I look forward to seeing pictures of your yard.

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi Stefan, firstly just wanted to let you know that sometimes I click on the link for your post and it just sort of hangs, and doesn’t load up the page. Has happened probably 4 times in the last week. I’ve been trying to let you know if you go to canberbury’s website then you will find that they have a new bifold door that has the sliding screen included in it. Just thought I’d let you know.

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