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 Domain.com.au, 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.
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.