With this project I had to overcome some hurdles first. I was narrow and height differences which made it look even smaller. +/- 22 m3 of filling materials to get it to level and some clever ways of playing with lines in the garden created an optical illusion which made the garden look bigger, perfect!!! I have made the decking on the same height as topping to create more open space. Also made the plant borders follow the same lines as decking to create depth in the garden. The human eye always intends to follow straight lines. A similar thing have I done with using old railway sleepers sunken in the topping. They function as stepping stones but also make the garden suddenly look wider. Using these rough materials like railway and red gum sleepers for edging plant borders gave the garden a real warm look like it was already there for 100 years. A vegetable box with a classic look and heaps of plants and your own oasis is created within a new build area. And of course also gave the front garden a make over!