Black House and Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Mitre 10 Dream Home’s black house

Key requirements, from the black house of Mitre 10 Dream Home 2013, were to maximise outdoor living areas given the limited space available while being mindful to keep the garden as low-maintenance as possible. Hard surfaces were selected so that spaces are broken into individual yet linking zones. The result is a large entertaining space when the house is opened up.

No fences were able to be installed to the front boundary due to the 2m set back regulation so a Thuja pyramidalis (pencil Conifer) hedge has been installed. Spaced appropriately to grow together without overcrowding, it can be trimmed to any height to create privacy. Furniture selected in this area is able to be bolted down for security and the exposed aggregate concrete cube provides spill over seating. A large Yucca elephantipes is placed behind the seat to create an interesting aesthetic from both street and patio. A Kwila deck pad was selected for the front entry as waste pipes exit under the front door. A 'C' shape deck to the side gives the illusion of a larger space and provides seating. The Corokia hedge either side will be trimmed to the top of seat height to carry the linear effect down the fence line.

The main patio surfaces have a charcoal coloured texture rolled finish. This colour was selected to complement exposed aggregate concrete paths which provide a darker platform. This pushes the focus to the house and and garden. Lawns bordered with exposed aggregate mowstrips provide lead to the rear section of the property. We have designed an exposed aggregate concrete seat into this area as to provide sitting space for their 'smoker's area'.

Simple garden spaces throughout the rear of the section keep maintenance down and are predominantly viewed from the rooms inside. Narrow stone borders soften the edges drawing the eye away from pipes and fence posts. All gardens have weed mat and soil levels at council regulation height. Lighting has been added to enhance the patio spaces and entrance path.