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Written by The ReReport

Paul Bangay and dog Timber enjoy the gorgeous surrounds of their Denver home.

PAUL Bangay is one of Australia’s leading landscape designers.

Where do you live?

In a home I built called Stonefields, in Denver, central Victoria, with my husband, Barry.

What do you love most about your home?

Its position — it’s perched on the edge of a hill overlooking a valley below. It has many full-height French doors facing the view. It is, of course, surrounded by my garden and for this reason I made the house one room wide so each room looks one way to the view and the other way into the garden.

Have you changed anything?

The garden is always changing but the home, which is now 12 years old, has remained the same during the course of its short life. The only change has been two vine-covered pergolas added to the north side to provide summer shade.

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Country Living: Legendary garden designer Paul BangayBreathe in that view.

Paul Bangay is among Australia’s most prominent landscape designers.

One more thing you’d change?

I would add a covered loggia with a fireplace to the north side. We do much of our entertaining outdoors and we would benefit largely from this outdoor room.

How many homes have you ever lived in?

As a young designer, I was always moving around from rental property to rental property. As soon as I could afford to buy my first property, in Prahran, I got the renovating and building bug. I have created and owned four homes.

The most memorable?

St Ambrose farm in Woodend, my first country home. It was a 100-year-old schoolhouse and was full of character and charm. I loved turning this derelict building into a home.

Your first foot on the property ladder?

The property in Prahran, which was a small cottage that cost $100,000 in 1996.

Are you a keen or reluctant property buyer?

Very keen. I love the entire process of renovating and creating.

How many homes have you ever bought and ever sold?

Bought four and sold two.

Highlights of your property journey?

Taking a cow paddock at Denver and turning it into the large country house and garden that is Stonefields.

Country Living: Legendary garden designer Paul BangayBangay at Stonefields with Timber the dog.

The lowlights?

Selling an apartment that I loved that refused to allow my dog to live with me.

Best property advice you’ve heard?

I never listen to advice. I follow my instincts.

Tips for homebuyers?

Buy a dump and renovate it to value-add.

Any future property plans?

Not at the moment.

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