The landscape design element of Ben Boyd Road house by Envirotecture resolved a long running landscape sore in the backyard with a predominantly native garden that solves neighbourhood drainage problems.

The upslope neighbours had filled and retained their backyards over many years which had caused constant water seepage of poor quality onto the client’s property.

A creek bed was created to allow this water to move slowly through a series of settlement ponds, improved quality of water downstream to Sydney Harbour, and made a visual feature.

This was continued by downstream neighbours.

After extensive weed removal, planting of varied species including many local natives reflecting natural heritage, and some exotics reflecting local cultural heritage of the North Sydney district

Courtyard tiled floor is actually porous to aid in site porosity: has openings provided by mitre-cut corner joints, aligned with holes in slab below to subsoil.