Ryan Young Design
This outdoor space is a perfect example of the careful planning that goes into a project by Ryan Young Design. The clients wanted a pool and garden that would tie in with the aesthetic and functionality of their existing home, while featuring elements of contemporary design.
The clients wanted the pool to be the centrepiece of the overall design, which would include an inviting entertaining space for friends and family to enjoy. The sloping block posed a challenge to the team at Ryan Young Design, but it gave them the ability to add a negative edge to the pool, and seamlessly blend water with landscape.
Ryan Young Design chose to incorporate sandstone paving, which blends with the home’s existing materials. Extensive paving was used to accommodate alfresco furniture and a feature urn. The alfresco dining area creates a platform that leads to both the pool and garden, and allows the clients to sit and enjoy the beautiful views.
Ryan Young Design included a number of sustainable products in the design, such as rainwater tanks and a subsurface in-line drip-irrigation system. The company was extremely mindful in its selection of plants, and included anigozanthos species, along with Mediterranean species such as salvia, santolina, lagerstroemia and various fruit trees, which suit the north-west slope and clay soils.
Ryan Young Design was established in 2010 by Ryan Young, who has more than 25 years of industry experience. Specialising in sustainable landscape design and building products, Ryan Young Design uses certified-organic products where possible, and all its finishes have low to zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). With a belief that plants should reflect the location of the project, the company is extremely passionate about creating living, usable landscapes without compromising the future. Young understands the importance of the balance between land ecosystems, microclimates and geography. The company also offers interior design services and operates Melbourne-wide, as well as the Mornington Peninsula and the coast.