Hi everyone, We have been going through a renovation of our home for the last 12 months and have finally worked our way to the front of the house. We are trying to achieve a contemporary tropical feel, we are located at the Gold Coast. Presently, guest have to enter the house by walking past the garages. Not an exciting entrance! What we would like to do is create a separate entrance for guest through a gate house as shown in the photo. We have two 18 yr olds with 2 additional cars, so we wanted to push the existing retaining wall back and create a parking court between the house and the front fence. We could also remove a portion of the fence for easier access into the courtyard. The property is higher at the front and slopes down to the back of the property. A water feature would be a nice addition. Please advise on garden planting, driveway materials and retaining wall. The columns at the front of the house, should we use stone, tile or timber, they will be squared. The house is painted South Pole and has accents of Monument (charcoal grey). I am looking forward hearing your suggestions.