05 Jun 2017


Reconstruction of an existing fountain that was not working any more into an eye catching focal point by the front door of a luxury home in Waterkloof. The existing fountain did not compliment the house anymore and we needed to reconstruct it into something exiting.

The area is visible from all angles. This meant that we must use elements that looks stunning form all the different angels. We decided to make use of a fountain ring. It is something different and stimulates all the senses. We had to reconstruct the existing fountain from a convex shape to a concave shape, re-seal it with resin and finish it off with a nice square bullnose. It was painted the same color as the house.

The fountain was filled with water and the garden around it was re-designed into a more usable area for the butler to wash the motor vehicles. The new fountain looks good from all the different angles.

05 Jun 2017

Bore hole

Drilling of a borehole in Veresig Estate

This was a good challenge for LBL in terms of a ring feed irrigation system. The site was assessed and the geological engineer pinned the spots with blue spray paint where water could be drilled for. There was about three different areas but only the one spot was suitable for the truck to get into and to be stable enough for it to drill.

The water table was reached at approximately 85m deep. Sleeves were sunken and the bore hole pump was connected. Electrical work was done by a professional electrician and the necessary certificates was obtained. Two JoJo tanks on a solid 75mm concrete floor was placed as close to the borehole pump as possible.

The irrigation computer with relay switch was installed close to the JoJo tank together with the pressure pumps. The tanks were filled with water and the irrigation system connected.

The system irrigates 16 stations all with excellent pressure.

05 Jun 2017


Privacy was our design aim. The house is surrounded with double story houses and we had to incorporate different bushy trees with very stylish wood work to accomplish the objective. The area for gardening was also not very big and we had to accommodate two very play full bulldogs.

Moroccan pots with different fruit trees was planted along the side of the house with a very interesting fountain to accentuate the path to the back where the entertainment area is.

The front garden was designed with lots of detail. Cobbles with pebbles edging out all the pathways, giving it a nice border. A rusted fountain at the front door with lots of lavender and different color grasses to accompany the stepping stone pathways that all leads to the back where the very private entertainment area is. Everything flowing into each other.

05 Jun 2017

Side Walk

Aim for the design – LBL had to design the sidewalk of a very upmarket home in Moreletapark keeping the water restrictions and the terrible drought in mind.

Our priority for the design was a good irrigation system. LBL installed a computerized irrigation system before the design commenced. A good quality computerized irrigation system uses a lot less water than with a hosepipe.

The area sloped down quite a bit and with the drought we had to level the area out for our irrigation water not to run down the road and go to waste. This meant that we removed cubes of soil the get the levels right.

With the levels in place we decided to stick to the existing Syagrus romansofiana for height. The corner we accentuated with dark brown dump rock and bright yellow Acorus gold. The existing flower box with slate cladding gave our design the 3D look that was needed. In the rest of the sidewalk design we used the element of repetition. Cobbles was laid at an incline with a 1.5m space in between that we filled with mondo grass. LBL completed the design with kikuyu grass that was planted in the bigger open areas.

10 Feb 2016

Gate entrance (driveway), Front door, Herb Garden & Wash line

This is an ongoing project since 2003 regarding construction and renovation as well as the garden that is designed in phases.

The most important part of a residential garden is by far the entrance areas. In the case of this design it was very difficult to design the gate entrance first because of the renovations going on for such a long period of time and it is also a panhandle site. The front door construction was done first so we could start the design there. This area received full sun for the whole day and was not very user friendly when it rained.

We covered it with a glass roof construction so that there is still enough sunlight coming through but it is covered when it rains. It makes conditions also much more suitable for planting (hot house effect). A very nice wooden front door that is a focal point on its own was hanged. We decided to divide the garden into different rooms. The front door area was divided from the herb garden by building a wall with a huge circle hole inside. This is something different already. Half circle steps was built to come down to the front door and plastered with a very rough texture to make it non slip. All the existing paving which consisted out of half bricks was taken out. The area was leveled out and compacted.

Two fountains where installed for tranquility. Five rusted spouts was placed next to each other with water running into a built trough (focal point from the kitchen window next door) A smaller fountain on the opposite wall by the front door with exceptionally well thought trough planting and paving was done. The criteria were to have dry walk ways but still accentuated planting. Circular paving stones where laid to enhance the circle design. The combination of circles and squares worked out very well in this particular design.

Herb garden

Neighbours can be difficult in some situations and we had to make a plan for privacy. The neigbour did not want us extend the wall. Their yard was on a higher level as the one we are busy designing.

Our Plan

We made gabions into the required height, stacked them on top of each other and filled it with dump rock. To make it a bit interesting we used split pole in combination with hedge plants to cover the area up and to give us the privacy in our design that we required. Paving was done in the same design as by the front door the give the design the necessary flow. Three columns was build and big rusted pots were places on top of it for citrus trees.

Wash line

A service area is a very important area in a design but could also be a very untidy spot. This is normally where a household is operated from in terms of cleaning, washing and dust bins. This area should preferably be out of sight.

We constructed a new higher wall, plastered and painted it. The ground level was raised so that it is one level and the same paved design with a slight slant was installed. Half circle steps to go down into the garden were built and a huge rusted pot with a Wisteria creeper was placed strategically to grow over an arch. Smaller rusted urns was place evenly on the opposite side with ball shaped Durantas to soften the area and also to give it a bit of colour. Very modern wash lines that can fold away where placed onto the walls to make the area very neat and tidy if not in use. The design was finished off with a rusted sculpture as a focal point from out the kitchen door.

Entrance Gate

After years of renovating and construction we could start with the outside gate and panhandle.

All existing plant material was removed. A new intercom system was installed and the soil has been prepared. Leopard trees with rusted huge round pots on pillars where spaced evenly and we made use of mass planting in between with Duranta Sheena’s gold & Agapanthus spp. with their mauve flowers. Ticky creepers where planted to cover the unsightly walls.

Right at the entrance of the gate there is an inspection hole for sewerage. Not very appealing so we decided to cover it up with a pedestal and a big fish on top. This is an outside area far away from the initial house and must preferably be low maintenance. We made use of a lot of different pebbles, stones and gravel to keep the design water wise and low maintenance. Tulbagias with mauve flowers where planted at the back for colour and rock roses in front for a bit of foliage. We made use of different curbing around the area to help keep the garden neat and tidy. All plant material in this specific design is indigenous to help us conserve water.

10 Feb 2016

Lift level of paving – swimming pool

Our objective was to design something around the swimming pool so that it complimented the existing design and also to be functional for entertainment around the pool. We decided to lift the entertainment area up one level to give the design a three dimensional feel without using expensive options.

A small wall was built around the specific area and filled with filling and compacted, river sand was added and a new paved area was installed with a bullnose coping around the edges. The paved area was paved with big pavers and smaller cobbles in between.

10 Feb 2016

Bathroom Renovation

Projective for the design – to incorporate an outside shower area (filled with plant material) into the main bathroom & to renovate it into something spectacular.

A very small bathroom consisting of a small bath, basin & water closet was renovated into a modern spacious area.

The outside shower area was incorporated into the main bathroom by breaking down one of the existing bathroom walls, taking out all of the existing plant material in the outside shower area, build up the wall to the same level as the roof and to cover the roof area with a glass panel roof.

The challenge was to hide existing piping of another bathroom running through the area as well as a bathroom window from the bathroom next to it. The idea was to hide the other bathroom window behind a frosted glass panel which will become part of the new renovated bathroom. The floor must be lifted up over the sleeves where-in the piping runs and the open area must be closed with a glass roof and small window. That makes our bathroom bigger with 10 square meters.

A corner bath (big enough for two for a romantic evening) with a chromed hand shower and a wooden handle was installed under the glass roof
His and hers sunken shower next to it that gives the design a very romantic feel (Bathing under the stars). Extra big shower heads with chrome taps complement the shower with the dark tiles beautifully.

The area lends itself to a nice big vanity area where double free standing oval basins with chromed spouts coming out of the wall was designed and nice big mirrors to give the area more depth. Very modern custom made cupboards in a dark brown melamine was made to fit the need of this specific design, with stainless steel down lights for that extra romantic feel at night, but still a very modern look. Light brown tiles for the wall were chosen with a natural stone border around the area to accentuate specific areas. The floor was done in a darker brown tile with the same natural stone tile for the sunken shower floor.

A water closet in the opposite corner with a bidet spaced next to it finished the bathroom design off nicely.