Kitty and Steve Coates used to travel across town from where they lived in Bucklands Beach to visit the farmers’ market and walk their dog Miley at Hobsonville Point.

They liked what they saw at the Point, making return trips to see show homes and eventually buying their near-new, end- terrace house at auction three years ago.

Even before moving into their three- bedroom home, they prioritised changing the backyard, which was then a bare lawn, high fencing, a shed and washing line.

Their section is 208 square metres, which includes off-street parking at the front, and they have now made the most of every single centimetre. “For us, it’s about being outside. Everything is about that seamless connection between a lush green outdoor environment, home living and relaxation,” Kitty says.

The rear garden was transformed, thanks to the help of a meticulous builder and Steve’s hard work and design nous. Timber decking makes all of the backyard useable. The space functions as an outdoor room, which is used day and night. “It’s the most sheltered nook and a lush green extension of our living room,” Kitty says. “You can’t help being drawn outside.”

Palm trees and subtropical planting, a water feature and Vitex hardwood decking and fencing frame and shelter this private backyard oasis. Cushions and two pink flamingo garden ornaments add pops of colour.

As the courtyard faces west, the family keeps two sun umbrellas up for shade in the summer heat – one over the alfresco dining table and one over a raised seating area and coffee table at the rear of the garden.

The easy-care, low-maintenance garden fits in perfectly with how the family lives. Kitty and Steve and their daughter like to escape to the Coromandel. “That’s where we cherish our passion for surfing, sun and sand. So, it’s no wonder our home reflects our love for the beach, capturing the feel of a tropical holiday in the city,” Kitty says. 

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