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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 25 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 26, 2008 49 Holding court New pots and a splash of green plants can be all that is needed to give your courtyard garden a new look with a simple and effective makeover. Revamping a courtyard need not be expensive. New pots and plants can be all that is needed to give your outdoor space a new look. Planning Making over a courtyard should be given the same consideration as adding a room to your house. Done properly, a revamped courtyard can add value to your home. Take the time to consider exactly what you want. Your planning should cover: Budget. Decide how much you can spend and stick to it. The cost will vary dramatically, based on materials and types and maturity of plants. Purpose. What will you use the courtyard for? This will help determine the design. The look. Decide on a theme. Making it consistent with the home's design is also good for resale down the track. Be realistic about the upkeep. Landscapers know how to design an attractive yet low-maintenance solution, either with ''hardscaped'' areas (paving and decking) or choosing hardy, low- maintenance foliage. Drafting Measure your courtyard and represent the measurements on grid paper. This will help you visualise what you are trying to create. The ''keep it simple'' approach is best. Think about the outlook you want from the rooms that face the courtyard and what you don't want your neighbours to be looking at. Pots First decide what colours will be in the area. Do you want to match or contrast colour? Take into account the shapes of pots and plants and how they fit with the theme. A modern look can be achieved with glazed or terrazzo square and rectangular pots, while a traditional look can be created with terracotta and round pots. Terracotta is more porous than glazed, so plants in them will need more frequent watering. Plants Be realistic about the amount of time you can spend maintaining the courtyard. If you are time poor, choose low-maintenance plants such as yuccas, succulents, cyads and natives. Also consider drainage, climate and light and shade, which change seasonally. Water features These can set off the courtyard and give it a focal point. A water feature can make a big difference for a small outlay. It should be in keeping with the courtyard's theme. Ensure you can get power to the water feature. Planting When planting, make sure the pot is big enough to allow the plant to grow, but not too big. To reduce the likelihood of less-stable plants falling over in strong winds, fill the bottom of the pot with rocks to give extra stability. Use a good potting mix. Details: Visit www.renobrothers.com.au HOMELIVING RENOBROTHERS Renovation experts Matt and Simon Judkins show you the way to make DIY easier BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • FreOver 20 years exp. www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2103231i hlc wk7 CEDAR SHUTTERS ECLIPSE SHUTTERS BASSWOOD SHUTTERS ALUMINIUM SHUTTERS THERMALITE SHUTTERS CEDAR LOUVRES ALUMINIUM LOUVRES ROLLER BLINDS ROMAN BLINDS VENETIAN BLINDS EXTERNAL VENETIANS MOTORISATION AVAILABLE Shutters & Blinds To suit your Decor, Lifestyle & Budget Free consultation measure and quote call 1300 133 103 OR 9614 7749 www.cedarcraft.com.au END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE 2195873i hlc wk50 BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER AND SAVE $$$ We supply Carports & awning kits Metal roofing Guttering Flashings & all fing accessories DIY OR INSTALLATION ARRANGED PRODUCTS PTY LTD Servicing all Sydney Metropolitan area Ph 9675 5622 www.zammitroofing.com.au 2221038K
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