As they lead busy lives, the owners of this Sydney property simply didn’t have the time to look after a high maintenance garden. What they needed was a private outdoor space that virtually took care of itself so they could spend their time enjoying it rather than tending to it. The garden reflects the clean modern lines of this architectural home and makes the most of the limited space. From the spotted gum hardwood deck that flows from the rear of the house, steps lead down to a sunken seating area paved in 400 x 600 granite. A cantilevered timber seat gives the feeling of more space and the vertical plantings of bamboo provide privacy and shade. Now the garden is a perfect complement to the home and a drawcard for the family no matter what time of year.