* a place to eat breakfast
* a place to dine under the stars
* a nice spot for a couple of comfy chairs
* a stage for the kids to perform
Many parents believe that a flat yard is the ideal outdoor space for children. But apparently this is not necessarily so.
One of my favourite landscape designers, Matt Cantwell, has a different perspective on this. He believes that having a multi-level terrain is important for a child's development - it helps them to negotiate changes in environment and creates a playful layout.
|Layered decking doubles as extra seating|
He actually faced the same predicament himself a number of years ago. His own house, which is in Sydney's inner eastern suburbs, sits on a block of only 267 square metres. He has successfully managed to design a child-friendly garden to cater for his three children. Everything about his garden, including plant selection and water features, is completely child-friendly.
|Child-safe water feature|
|All images are from secretgardens.com.au|
I think this is a fantastic idea! A one-metre setback, what would normally be considered "dead space" along the side boundary, has become a fun place for the kids to ride their push cars.
We won't have a football field, but I'm certain we'll come up with some great ideas to make the garden an enjoyable place to play in - for both kids and adults.