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Outdoor Living Issue#27

In each edition of Outdoor Living there is all the information and inspiration needed to design, build and decorate an outdoor room that can be used day and night all year round. The magazine covers topics such as but not limited to flooring, screening, roofing, outdoor art, furniture, furnishings, outdoor entertainment, outdoor cooking, lighting, heating/cooling, plants as well as pools & spas. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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from the editor

Making the most of your outdoor space all year round can be achieved with the right balance of shade and shelter. Getting the best out of that space takes good planning as well as selection and placement of materials, furniture, lighting, heating and cooking appliances. To find out more about how Australians use their outdoor spaces, we asked two couples to open their homes to us for this issue. In both homes, all these elements have been carefully considered and creatively applied, and demonstrate the lifestyle benefits of outdoor rooms first-hand. First, we visited the Tilston residence on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Rosemary and John spend many months of the year in their fabulous outdoor space enjoying the pool and entertaining area with their family and friends. Rosemary designed and furnished the…

2 min.
main event

A Total Concept The perfect oasis, a cabana offers a space that is purely designed for relaxation and taking the time to unwind. In this case, a cabana was placed away from the pool to ensure striking views of the natural surroundings. Senior design manager of A Total Concept Landscape Architects + Swimming Pool Designers Shaun Wright was commissioned to incorporate a cabana on this North Shore Sydney property for the owners, their children and guests to enjoy. “Not all cabanas need to be adjacent to pools,” says Shaun. “This cabana was set separate and elevated from the pool to take advantage of the magnificent district views. I also set this cabana to the rear of the property to visually maximise the lawn and garden between the residence and outdoor room.” The cabana also…

2 min.
bondi days

With a body of work including a pool , entertaining/dining area , BBQ and pavilion , there’s no need to leave home for a sunny day by the water Living in Bondi comes with many perks — great restaurants, a positive vibe and, of course, the famous beach. But if dodging tourists and spending time on a crowded beach doesn’t appeal to you, creating your own private oasis is the perfect plan B. Masterminded by Iconic Landscaping, this Bondi Junction home boasts the ideal space to unwind and spend lazy summer days outside. With a body of work including a pool, entertaining/dining area, barbecue and pavilion, there’s no need to leave home for a sunny day by the water. Armed with a brief to create an area that’s family friendly, director of Iconic…

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new beginnings

For a young family, creating an outdoor space that is both safe and aesthetically pleasing is a delicate balancing act, which is why award-winning designer Nathan Burkett and his team were brought in to conjure a space that creates architectural features out of the natural landscape. The purpose of the space was two-fold according to Nathan, who was tasked with producing “an entertaining area for family and friends and creating a stunning architectural feature when viewed from the inside of the home” As a new build, the block was a clean slate, but sloping levels posed a challenge for Nathan and his team. To overcome this, they worked with existing wall structures to create a feature and elevate the pool area, leading to the creation of two separate spaces — a child-friendly…

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bayside bliss

Creating a space that is equally as stylish as your own home ensures both outdoor and indoor spaces flow with ease. With hints of timber, a neutral colour scheme and wide open spaces, this project is living proof of a cohesive vision. Designed and constructed by Victorian company Custom Outdoor Living, inspiration struck from the will to create a modern and sophisticated area. “The brief from the client was to provide an outdoor covered area that matched the existing dwelling and had to be ‘sexy’,” says Custom Outdoor Living’s senior draftsman Steve Mann. Maintaining the style of the Bayside house was essential for the homeowners. “The upper structure has a rendered finish to match the existing structure, which is supported by stained timber posts that penetrate through the decking,” says Steve. The outdoor…

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garden symphony

The warm, natural tones of the timber and the rich greens of the foliage are offset by the cool grey concrete table and rust finish of the wall art and firepit. The result is a harmonious symphony of materials, colours and textures. Of modern style, this rear garden is proof you can inject some industrial chic into a garden design and still have a welcoming space. Designed by Steve Taylor of COS Design, and built by Matt Seymour and Apex Landscapes’ construction team, this multi-level outdoor retreat strikes just the right note whether entertaining or relaxing with family. “The main goals were to create a multi-functional outdoor entertaining area, which would include a swimming pool and alfresco dining area, turn the change in backyard levels into an asset and make the space…