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Outdoor Living Issue#31 - 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

Unless you live somewhere like Darwin or tropical Queensland, by now most people are starting to feel the chill. As we drag the doona down from the cupboard, reach for the throw and get the heater out of storage to make things a little more comfortable inside, it’s time to gear up that outdoor heating as well. In many parts of Australia there is no need to retreat to the indoors through winter — we’re not bears, after all! The latest technology in outdoor heating means we can enjoy our outside areas in the cooler weather, making the most of our favourite space year-round. Our heating feature this issue showcases a range of modern outdoor heating solutions that will add warmth as well as style to your space. Could your outdoor room…

4 min.
two for one

A Total Concept Landscape Architects was commissioned to design the swimming pool and gardens for this Sydney property more than 15 years ago. Recently, principal of the company, John Storch, was requested to incorporate two outdoor rooms, one an extensive cabana and the other, an entertaining area for adults. “The location of the entertaining area was set immediately across from the house and runs the full width of the property,” says John. As an elevated area and close to the indoor lounge and kitchen, it has been developed for entertaining by adults with pleasant overviews of the new cabana and fully tiled pool. “The cabana was set adjacent to the swimming pool to the rear of the property to visually maximise the lawn and garden,” says John. In turn, this took advantage…

3 min.
garden with soul

Designed to meet the needs of a family of five, this urban backyard not only looks amazing, it is incredibly practical. Every square centimetre of space has been put to good use, making it possible for the family to have a swimming pool and plenty of room for relaxing or entertaining. As a pool was a must-have, landscape designer Steve Taylor of COS Design came up with a way to include it in the design without having it dominate the backyard. The pool, which extends along one side of the garden and part way down the side of the house, is 9m long and incorporates both a 1.8m lap lane and a 2m² spa. “We designed the pool to run from front to rear and placed it in the deepest part of…

8 min.
the wonders of water

Gone are the days when a water feature in the back corner of garden consisted of three decorative rocks piled high over a plastic pond, a pump and a PVC return line poking out the top to create a “natural” waterfall. “As a landscape architect, I have designed many water features to enhance external spaces,” says principal of A Total Concept, John Storch. “Water features add to the aesthetics of a pool or spa, creating a stunning visual feature during the day and, with lights, a glowing, mesmerising and ephemeral picture. They also create soft background noise for relaxation or a loud splash to drown out nearby traffic or neighbours.” He says they also increase the usability of a pond or pool, allowing children to have fun, and help with cleanliness in…

3 min.
a point of difference

When Kelsie Davies of Tim Davies Landscaping was commissioned to design this stunning outdoor room, the owners sought to create dual entertainment areas — one for family use and the other for adult enjoyment. Another important part of the brief was for the space to respond to the large scale of the house, with the homeowners wanting elements that would both soften and complement the building. With the two-storey house being rather generous in its proportions, the landscape needed to reflect the same grand scale to create a unification of the indoor and outdoor spaces. The outdoor living space was therefore designed to be an extension of the internal dining area, a “spill out” space for sophisticated, yet casual, at-home entertaining. The layout of the area was geared towards maximising space and…

4 min.
great escape

To escape the vibrant charismatic pull of the city that never sleeps, this New York family has created the perfect summer retreat. The 789m² home is on a 1.25-acre enclave in an exclusive New York summer destination. Designer Stephen Mitchell of DESIGNLUSH says the home and its surrounds were intended to be used for a weekend summer home, an in-season social hub and a stylish entertaining location. S tephen describes the project as modern, architectural and spalike. In fact, as you take in the sheer scale of the multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, and the prestigious furnishings, you could easily be forgiven for thinking you had strolled into an upmarket luxurious resort. The owners’ vision was to create individual outdoor settings that harmonised together to achieve a common goal: to create a relaxing,…