Barney st, Kiama: Landscape Design and Construction

Client:  John and Karen
Year Completed: 2017

Whilst boasting a magnificent view of Kiama Surf Beach and Lighthouse, this newly developed set of architecturally designed Hamptons style duplexes sat on a relatively small block of land which in turn created even smaller usable outdoor space for the owners. The challenge was to maximise the tiny and snug spaces surrounding the buildings by creating spaces that were functional, comfortable and played tribute to the architecture of the buildings.


The focus for the design turned to texture, form, materiality and of course function, what will these tight spaces be used for. The back court yards were transformed into intimate outdoor entertaining/relaxation spaces. Built in merbau daybeds were constructed to maximise space and suit multiple functions. Small planter boxes were constructed out of sandstock bricks to complement the style of the buildings architecture and to add some softening plantings to the space. A soft grey sandstone was used for the paving to contrast the browns of the bricks and timber.

The design of the front yards was also about functionality and creating a statement upon arrival with a small seating deck ideal for a morning coffee and large garden beds densely planted to create a comforting entry vibe. The plantings of the garden were designed with the Hampton’s style in mind while adding a modern coastal twist to assist the garden and property to fit snuggly in its setting.



Our expert team are the cool climate garden specialists, having created elegant landscapes throughout the region, including Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and Robertson.


We design and construct landscapes that are sensitive to the stunning locations of this particular region, from escarpment foothills and coastal clifftops to rural pasture lands.


Our experience across the Illawarra has led us to adapt our design to various locations across Wollongong.


Jake and his team provided an excellent service from day one. We approached them originally for a landscape design only, this then led to construction and now on going maintenance. We can not fault the service provided.


- Rod, Berry

We were extremely happy with the results from the Loco Team. From start to finish nothing was a problem and everything was completed on time, as promised and to a great standard. The boys really went the extra mile to put the finishing touches on the project and ensure we were completely satisfied.


- Hyell & Rani, Far Meadow

I was initially a bit overwhelmed by the thought of having our gardens constructed and not knowing what to expect but Jake and his team put me at ease and listened to my ideas, walking me through the process, keeping me informed throughout the project. The end result was better than we could have imagined. Thanks to the team at Loco for going above and beyond when creating our beautiful space for us to enjoy.


- Bill, Gerringong

Watching our garden being transformed by Jake and the Loco crew was great to witness. Jake was very easy to work with and informative providing insight into what works in our areas and suggestions on utilising space to suit our needs. It was an excellent experience from beginning to end.


- Caroline, Bowral

With no real idea of what we wanted from our property and garden we approached Loco Landscape Design Studio who were extremely helpful and prompt with creating an amazing design which then developed into construction. We now have an amazing garden that caters for our whole family's needs.


- Kate, Bulli