Adding Value is our blog that aims to outline how well designed landscapes can add value to your emotional, mental, physical and financial well-being.
Growing up in UK and spending many summers in Spain, Malta and travelling often to India and Indonesia I have a sincere appreciation of Islamic, Hindu, Sikh architecture and garden design.
A recently published paper outlines how greening public and private spaces can improve self-reported mental health.
Some years back we designed this garden for Kelly Smith founder of SanChurro Chocolateria.
Unfortunately we had to work with the awful renders and design of the architect developing the extensions. In these photographs the garden also suffered extensive damage from an adorable but crazy dog.
Over time the garden has filled out.
So, today in Australia when people ask me about about garden design this is what I imagine : a place that 'welcomes you home' and helps you 'feel at home', a place that is comfortable and friendly....
Good landscape design can take a residential project to a whole new level by adding value and speeding up either client acceptance or unit sales, explains landscape architect Jai Cheswick.
Gardens can be a great source of comfort to those grieving the loss of a loved one, and interaction with them should be regarded as an important part of healing.
One of the most important roles of the garden around the home is to provide a pleasant outlook from inside the dwelling...
Cheswick Consultants installed this interesting semi-edible garden with water collection,raised veggie beds and fruit trees.
On a recent trip to India I visited many samadhs, temples, caves and shrines in the (mainly) central region of Maharastra, especially the Nasik area.
Traditionally a sukkah is a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. It is topped with branches and often well decorated with autumnal, harvest or Judaic themes.
Stressed Execs Seek Nature !
"Landscapes have qualities that influence the process of thought and facilitate more effective and efficient action within business." ~ Jai Cheswick
A replica of Petes' raised veggie patch from ABC Gardening Australia and a kitchen garden for use by Ed Halmagyi of Better Homes and Gardens.
For the forward thinking, tech savvy home owner or developer, in a busy world, distance design works.
A step-by-step guide to measuring your garden with examples to demonstrate the measurements required and how to make them. This will help with awkward features and shapes and should enable you to produce quick accurate dimensions.
A simple quiz/test for you: Just follow the instructions
Everyday gardens don't have to be wastelands of grass, artificial turf or gravel. No front fence required.