In conversation with: Les Edwards
Welcome to the first instalment of our blog series, “In conversation with” where we chat with the talented people behind some of our favourite local businesses in the construction industry.
After a year of on again, off again lockdowns, our outdoor spaces have naturally become a welcome escape from the confines of our homes. If you have found yourself reaching for the gardening gloves or pinterest planning a landscape overhaul for post pandemic life, you are not alone. We recently spoke to Les Edwards from multi-award winning landscape company, ED Landscapes to talk landscaping tips and trends, along with his forecasts for the year ahead.
For Les, the trends that have been dominating backyards this year have been fireplaces and outdoor kitchens, similar to those found in our Myrtle Brae Farm project.
“We have been asked to design many outdoor fireplaces, many of which are linked to outdoor entertaining areas and alfrescos. It’s taking the simple fire pit to the next level, giving it a more all-weather use and creating an inviting outdoor space.”
With the majority of us now spending more time in our backyards, we are starting to see outdoor spaces as an extension of our interiors, not just a second thought after the build. This is where the outdoor kitchen comes in. “They are a great, functional way to not only entertain, but also beautifully blend the indoors with the outdoors,” ED landscapes founder explains. “If you are looking to build an outdoor kitchen ‘connection is key’.”
Les says that your outdoor kitchen should always be visible from the main part of the house, connected with either a pathway, walkway or stepping stones. He says one way to achieve the connection between the house and the outdoor kitchen is to use similar materials in both. From there, he says that the space can be softened with plantings.
“The look and feel of the outdoor kitchen isn’t just created by the kitchen itself but how it sits in the landscape.”
As for Les’s overall landscaping tips, it is all about planning:
“Think about how you live and how you entertain. Who uses the space? Then what budget you have to work with. Those questions will lead you to be able to make good decisions on what you’re trying to create.”
Les emphasises the importance of investing in a quality landscape design that takes into consideration your outdoor space in its entirety. “It will give you clarity on what you want to do and is also a great tool to be able to get quotes for the works and stage the project if needed. You may only start with a simple veggie garden but by investing in a landscape plan, you will ensure it goes in the right spot as you keep building your garden.”
Finally, what does Les predict to see more of in Mudgee over the next year? “I see Mudgee investing more and more in quality structural landscaping especially things like feature stone walls, fire pits, fireplaces, piers and gates for entrances, BBQ areas and entertaining areas.
"The realisation that landscaping adds value to your home is fueling the trend to create amazing outdoor spaces.”
You can check out ED Landscapes’ portfolio over on their website here.
Phone: 0422 380 808