November 5, 2019 Light Design

Landscaping can be about more than adding a few flower beds and edging your lawns. With the right team of professional landscapers on board, it can be a significant undertaking that transforms your yard for your long-term benefit. However, did you know that some yard additions could require a permit? Read on to learn more about what may and may not need to be run through your local council.


There’s no better place to enjoy the sunshine than on your very own verandah or deck. However, if you intend on adding this to your existing abode, then you require a permit. A building contract is also recommended. You will not need a registered builder to carry out the work, but someone skilled in landscape design could make the process go a lot smoother.

Garden Shed

You now have a garden of which you can be proud, but where do you store all the tools of the trade? It might be time to build a garden shed. However, this is yet another addition that could require a permit.

If your shed is on a rural or large property, has no drainage, electricity, or plumbing, and is shorter than 2.1 metres, it may not require one.

March 13, 2019 Light Design

Building a new home or renovating your existing home can be a very fun and rewarding process, especially if it’s the first time you’ve done it. However, it can also be hard. According to Limestone Blocks Perth and Stone Cladding supplier, Meteor Stone, choosing the right building materials and design can be stressful and time-consuming, and many people end up with a home that they’re not completely happy with because of this.

One of the most popular and versatile building materials is stone cladding. It can be used on a range of internal or external surfaces, and it provides a very tough, durable and stylish finish.

There are two main styles of stone cladding – smooth and rough. These styles also come in a range of different textures, patterns and colours, but pretty much all stone cladding can be defined by whether it’s smooth or rough. Choosing the right style for your home or verandah can be hard, which is why I’ve put together the following short list of pros and cons for both smooth and rough stone cladding.

Rough Stone Cladding

In general, rough stone cladding is used in outdoors areas. Rough cut stone is designed to look somewhat natural, without artificially smooth surfaces.

February 9, 2019 Light Design

The average yard size has shrunk by as much as 26 percent since the 1970s. Not only has our need for larger homes increased, but the sections on which they are built are getting smaller too. As a result, more and more people are turning to garden pots to give them a sense of garden, instead of sprawling lawns and immaculate flower plots.

Garden pots are the epitome of versatility. Not only can they blend in with an established garden, but can take on the form of one when apartment life sees a real one impossible. The market for garden pots is growing by the day, and so is the variety.

You can now walk into a store only to find yourself overwhelmed by the selection. So, how do you know which garden pots are for you? Ask yourself the following questions.

  1. Where Will I Put it?

The location of your new garden pot can be the deciding factor. It has to complement its surroundings, blend in with your lawn, but stand out at the same time. For example, you would choose an edgy, contemporary pot for a formal setting, but a traditional garden pot for a cottage-like setting. How much space you have can dictate its size too.

January 14, 2019 Light Design

Deciding to put your property on the market can be a nerve-wracking affair. You might have a figure in your mind that you’d like to get, but it might be far different than the one that real estate agents believe you will achieve. If you’re trying to get maximum bang for your buck, then why not take a look at landscaping? Small, inexpensive changes could equate to significant increases in value, hiring professional, experienced landscapers can improve your return on investment dramatically.

Entertainment Areas

Australia is a country of entertainers. Many people love welcoming friends over for a barbecue or a drink. If you don’t have somewhere for that to happen, then potential purchasers might look elsewhere.

If you don’t have a few thousand dollars to fork out on a deck, then think smaller. Create a small nook outside with paving stones and a few chairs. Even a seating area outside offers the illusion of a home built for entertainment.

Shade, Shelter, and Privacy

When you’re sharing a country with over 24 million people, you’ll desire shade, shelter, and privacy from time to time. Make sure you include plenty of it in your landscaping plan. New owners don’t want to have to come in and start from scratch. Many prefer if you have trees planted, shelter in place, and privacy from neighbours taken care of.

November 21, 2018 Light Design

There’s a wide range of things that you need to think about when you’re choosing the right style of glass pool fencing for your home. Although most traditional pool fences have been built with something of a tubular metal design, it’s important to realise that there are a lot more modern, stylish options out there. Glass is just one of these.

Choosing between the different types of pool fencing that’s made with glass can be hard. You need to think about things like the style of the fence you want, what you want it to do, and what your budget is. With this in mind, we’ve put together the following guide to help you choose the perfect glass pool fence for your property.

What Types Of Glass Pool Fences Are Out There?

There are two main glass fencing styles on the market – frameless and semi-frameless glass fences. Both have their pros and cons, and both are suited to people with different sets of circumstances.

Semi-Frameless Glass Pool Fencing

Semi-frameless glass pool fencing are usually built with glass panels that are secured to stainless steel or aluminium uprights. They can be cheaper than fully frameless fences, but some people argue that they don’t offer the same stylish appeal.

Frameless Glass Pool Fences

Fully frameless glass pool fences are seen by many landscape designers and pool designers as the pinnacle of stylish modern pool fence design. Frameless glass fences offer full visibility, are relatively easy to install and maintain, and are actually a lot more affordable than people often think.

December 3, 2017 Light Design

Landscaping is an art that beautifies your home and makes it more conducive to living. Everything that’s treated as an art isn’t just about the “creativity.” It also needs to be logical — and smart. You come up with a beautifully manicured garden when you merge creativity with logic. Thus, you need to have a smart landscape design. Here’s a list of the smartest and easiest gardening ideas for the not-so-green-thumbed:

Maintain the focal points

Standing out is different from sticking out because the latter doesn’t go with the flow. According to experienced landscape designers Space Designs you need to make sure that your landscaping design has a focal point which complements its environment. A repeated texture, shape, or color greatly helps. It should capture people’s attention and make them want to look at it for as long as possible without feeling bored. The purpose here is to move through the garden experience seamlessly.

Always have movement

Movement is key to having a great landscaping design. You want to add movement so that your garden will have life. Gardens aren’t like paintings that you just hang on a wall. It’s an environment where you interact. You can add flowers to attract butterflies, or perhaps have an ornamental grass that sways gently in the breeze.

August 10, 2017 Light Design

You may think that a Shade Sails Perth installation business is quite simple and so there is no real need for insurance, after all, you always take care when you are working, right? You may take care, but it’s far better to have insurance anyway, because other people don’t always take the same care that you do.

Public liability insurance

What if you were installing a sail in a public area such as a park, and a jogger came along listening to their music and stepped right into that hole you just dug for the post? They couldn’t hear your warning because they had their ear buds in. Even though it was basically their own fault, they could still sue you and very likely win. Your business would quickly go down the drain without public liability insurance. This also covers you for accidental damage caused by you as you work.

February 19, 2016 Light Design

Many blocks of ground are situated on sloping and sometimes very steep ground. Such blocks still need to have fencing, but expert landscapers will tell you that there are more challenges to overcome on such a block. First you must take care to implement sustainable practices to preserve the ground and any surrounding habitat, especially if the block is located in the mountains where diverse flora and fauna occur.

When the block is steep, it’s important not to dig a deep trench straight down as this can cause erosion during heavy rain if it storms before the fence is finished. It can not only wash away half your topsoil, but affect properties that are located below yours.

The two main methods of erecting a fence on a slope are raked – sometimes called racked – and stepped.

Raked fence: this is when the fence rails remain parallel to the ground, but the picket posts are upright, which means they are not fixed square on to the rails. The advantage of this method is that the fence is low to the ground all the way along, so it will keep pets in. However, it is not always suitable for a very steep slope. For a raked installation the drop should be no more than 6 inches or 12cm per 6 foot or two metres of fencing. When finished, this type of fence would have a smoothly sloping top, rather like the handrail of an escalator.

February 23, 2015 Light Design

These days with air travel so fast and easy, it’s no wonder our world is referred to as a global village. We can quickly visit places like Bali and enjoy a change of culture and scenery.  We can get many great ideas from such countries and implement them in our own when we return home. Outdoor furniture is a prime example. Bali has many fine examples of furniture that they use out of doors for the comfort of their guests.

Enjoying rest and relaxation as well as the excitement of all that Bali has to offer is a great way to spend a week or two.  You might wish you could bring some of that beautiful furniture home with you, but of course, it is too large and heavy to take to the airport, even if the plane would accept it. If you are truly dedicated to the idea you might use up a few days of holiday time in finding out how to import it to your own country.

However, there is a much easier way – one that does not use up your precious holidays.  Many Australian furniture stores already import outdoor furniture from places such as Indonesia and Bali. It would be far easier to wait until you return home and purchase the furniture you like from one of these stores. They have already done the hard yards of importing furniture. They have the right contacts in those other countries that enable them to import what they want and get a whole container full of furniture – or several – all at once.

February 22, 2013 Light Design

People often ask themselves whether they need to employ a landscape designer for the garden renovation or improvement project they have in mind. Others may consider whether they are going to need professional landscapers for a particular construction project that they are working on.

With regard to hiring landscape specialist, it will certainly depend on the task at hand. Where one project might be specifically geared toward needing a landscape architect, another might need a couple of gardeners or labourers to do the grunt work so that your plan can be realised.

Perhaps by looking at some scenarios it might help to know which particular one could use some real professional help and which one might just need a landscape contractor to help you with the project.

August 2, 2010 Light Design

While traditional landscape design emphasizes setting out everything in advance in detail in a drawing that designates the place of every tree, flower bed, and other garden elements, nowadays designing can be done on the go. While basing your landscape design on a comprehensive plan is useful, landscaping can also be a spontaneous affair that designers can partake with relish.

Whether sticking to a plan or taking a more spur-of-the-moment road to landscape design, a right approach is necessary so that creating great landscapes will not entail undesirable costs associated with the absence of any blueprint. Problems may come in terms of poorly placed plants or even precious garden elements that may have to be destroyed to make way for future developments.

To avoid any future migraines and heartaches, here are 3 tips on getting the right attitude to landscape design.

February 22, 2009 Light Design

In a report sent to us by Landscaping Sydney, when your lawn is a tangled mess of weeds and creeping vines but you lack the time or patience to do all that weeding and mowing, you might want to get the help of landscaping professionals.

But what sort of landscaping services do you actually need?

  • Landscape managers are there to take care of your landscape’s regular maintenance, if you don’t want to take care of it yourself.
  • Landscape contractors will help with the installation of landscape features in the form of hardscapes (stones, water elements, fences, and walkways) and softscapes (vegetation and soil).
  • Landscape architects, following your specifications and budgetary requirements, will plan and design the landscape of your dreams.
  • Landscape designers do the same things that landscape architects but without the academic degree that the latter usually possess.
  • Arborists are experts on everything practical about trees, from planting, pruning, removing, cabling, bracing and giving care to them.
  • Horticulturists are plant experts that can be trusted to know everything from controlling pests, stimulating plant growth, up to adapting your plant to harsh climate.
October 16, 2008 Light Design

There’s nothing like having an instant lawn that you can use, all within four to six weeks of laying. Using a reputable supplier is as important as laying the lawn. Turf Perth can supply a number of different types of grass, and you need to ensure that you will be getting properly cultivated turf that has been watered, fertilised and looked after. Be careful that you don’t buy a pasture turf that may contain weeds, or weed seeds and is of a lesser quality, otherwise introducing a weed control plan could be something you need.


Whether you are seeding grass or laying turf, the soil preparation is the same. The time you spend getting the soil and laying area ready is time well spent and will result in a great looking lawn. The turf has more than likely been grown on a soil different to the one you have in your yard. It makes no difference at all as you do not have to match the soil type.