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Outdoor Living Issue#28

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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in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

Who’s looking forward to spring? I know I am. With the worst of winter behind us, I’m sure — like me, you’ll be thinking about those warmer days and evenings when we can make the most of our outdoor spaces. I just love spending time outside on the weekend and during the week when the evenings are lighter for longer and I can make the most of the after-work daylight hours. When I’m in Sydney, I like to cook outdoors on the barbecue and even though I’m vegetarian, there are plenty of dishes that can be prepared for this style of cooking. And when I’m at home in my house in Northern New South Wales, cooking and eating outside is even more pleasurable as the environment is cleaner, quieter and more…

2 min.
light & bright

Senior designer Shaun Wright from A Total Concept Landscape Architects was commissioned to design and manage the construction of the extensive external areas of this Sydney lower North Shore property, incorporating a swimming pool, poolside cabana, lawns and gardens for the owners. “The council area this project is in is problematic when it comes to cabanas being built, so we utilised the shell of an existing double garage, opening it up and extending it slightly so we could gain approval for the cabana and have it positioned hard up on a boundary fence,” says Shaun. The poolside cabana is surrounded by a sizeable timber deck, large enough for entertaining and set within the garden area, which also contains a large swimming pool. The height diff erence between pool and cabana is linked…

3 min.
the high life

Making the most of a small outdoor space can be a challenge at the best of times, but when that space is perched on a rocky outcrop, the task is even more testing. As this garden in the northern Sydney suburb of Killarney Heights proves, though, in the hands of a creative designer, the more difficult the challenge, the more innovative the solution. “The area was originally an unusable sloping rock shelf perched high above the home,” explains Josh Harrison of Harrison’s Landscaping. “The homeowners’ brief was to create a level covered entertaining area that provided views down towards the tranquil waters of Middle Harbour.” In the hands of a creative designer, the more difficult the challenge, the more innovative the solution In keeping with the architectural style of the house and its…

3 min.
coastal retreat

When you have a broad canvas upon which to work, the opportunities really can seem endless. That doesn’t mean, however, that the fundamentals of good design don’t apply, just as they do in a smaller space. A sense of scale is still important, as is achieving balance in terms of layout, material use and the selection of colours and textures. When called in to design this landscape, Steve Taylor of COS Design didn’t just need to consider how to use the abundant space in a balanced, harmonious way; he also had to take the slope of the land into account. The large property, which sits on a hill in Lysterfield, south-east of Melbourne, boasts a serene semi-rural location that proved the ideal setting for the relaxed, resort-look landscape that Steve designed and…

3 min.
inner-city warehouse

After a proposed two-year stint living in America turned into 12 years for Sandra Delaney and Scott Wilson, they finally returned to Sydney and their former neighbourhood in the trendy Inner West. Having spent the past two years in the States living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, they were keen to find a character-filled warehouse property which they could turn into their Sydney home. On one of Sandra’s regular visits back to Australia, she found the ideal property. It was a large, spacious former industrial building which had been converted into a home some years previously. There was a spacious — by inner-city standards — courtyard that had been planted out with lots of trees and greenery by the former owners to make it an oasis of green in…

3 min.
beyond paradise

The Mediterranean way of life is highly desirable — relaxed summer days and nights spent outside with good food, fine wine and close family and friends. It’s enough to make you want to pack up and move to a secluded part of Italy, but for this fortunate couple, their Mediterranean-style villa is right here in Australia and is the site of many fabulous outdoor parties. The enviable 10-acre block of virgin land where the couple chose to build their new home is at Possum Hill near Possum Creek and just a three-minute drive to Bangalow and a 10-minute drive to the popular holiday town of Byron Bay. Following their move from Sydney, they enlisted local builder Andrew Priestley of Byron Bay’s Priestley Building to create an indoor–outdoor living space to capture…