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Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living Issue#30 - 2016

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

As we begin getting ready to wave summer goodbye for another year, it’s nice to reflect on the great times we’ve had outdoors this season. From sun-drenched breakfasts to balmy evening barbecues, I’ve certainly made the most of the warmer weather. We’re lucky enough to have great weather up until the end of autumn in many parts of Australia, so we still have plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors and tie up projects we’ve started. Modern outdoor products are designed to help you enjoy the outdoors no matter what the weather is. While shade solutions are primarily employed to shade your outdoor area from the sun, the latest designs offer a plethora of other benefits. With Australia’s erratic weather in mind, they can shelter us from the wind and rain…

3 min.
european style

On this Sydney property, A Total Concept has created a space in a small area that incorporates everything a family could want for both day-to-day living and weekend socialising at home. The design was for a contemporary European resort with a courtyard, cabana, pool, lawn and gardens. The rear of the property had no outlook and little privacy from neighbours, so A Total Concept bounded the entire area with a formal hedge garden. This created a concealed courtyard in which the design could be developed, while it also achieved a stunning outlook from the kitchen and living areas of the home at any hour of the day or night. The cabana is positioned to service the family members that use the pool and incorporates a small paved area for drying offafter a…

3 min.
moving on up

As the population of Sydney increases and more apartments are built, properties with expansive outdoor spaces are becoming few and far between. High-density housing also presents a number of other challenges, for example privacy and noise issues. So how do you get everything you need out of an outdoor space while still maximising greenery? Perhaps “The only way is up”, that catchy 1980s dance track, was really about the future of Sydney property. It’s little wonder there has been such an overwhelming trend towards green walls in recent years. Not only do they maximise every last inch of space but they also provide a stunning living feature for your outdoor room — one that will make you feel closer to nature and have a lasting impression on guests. This project by Secret…

5 min.
absolutely flawless

We speak to some experts from Amber about the ins and outs of outdoor tiling and pavers What do you need to consider when selecting an outdoor tile or paver? Amber’s indoor product manager, Kate Lane, recommends that you consider adjoining interior living areas when planning outdoor landscaping and entertaining spaces. “Would you like the same product to flow into your indoor areas?” asks Kate. “Do your chosen products offer colours that will allow you to extend your interior scheme into outdoor living spaces? These questions are just as important as whether you would like to create a pattern with the product and what surface is best for your new outdoor area.” Also, consider which base you’ll be working with when determining the best products for your outdoor spaces. Check with your local paving…

1 min.
paving the way

2 min.
turning to timber

Australian hardwood species, such as blackbutt, spotted gum and river reds are excellent choices for decking because of their high density, toughness, colour spectrum, natural beauty and durability. A species’ hardness level can be identified according to its Janka rating — the higher the rating, the greater the hardness. Blackbutt and spotted gum species are particularly suitable for homeowners in bushfire-prone areas as they are both classified as bushfire-resisting timbers when used in accordance with Australian Standard AS3959. It is important home renovators select a decking timber that has the right strength for the job. For outdoor living and entertainment spaces, extra-strong and durable materials may be required. Boral Timber’s commercial decking 135 x 32mm-sized boards boast a greater load capacity than standard decking. Commercial decking products are often adopted by homeowners…