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Outdoor Living Issue#32 - 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

It’s still a little bit chilly but I can certainly see spring on the horizon. This is such an exciting time of year, filled with the promise of outdoor entertaining, alfresco dining with friends and cold beverages on the deck. By now you might have all the basics of an outdoor room, such as a whiz-bang barbecue and luxurious pool but what can you do to really make it shine? There are plenty of finishing touches you can add to give it personal flavour, tie things together and, of course, make it pleasant to spend time in. One of my favourite things to do is peruse outdoor furniture. I’m always amazed at the expansive range available today and how most of it could pass for the indoor variety. Forget the days…

3 min.
perfect form

For the owners of this Sydney property, Shaun Wright, senior designer at A Total Concept, has created a space that incorporates everything a family could want for both day-to-day living and weekend socialising at home. The rear of the property looked out onto a bushland reserve but had little privacy from adjacent neighbours, so A Total Concept bounded the entire area with a formal hedge garden. This created a concealed space in which Shaun was able to develop a stunning outlook from the kitchen and living areas of the home. The cabana services the pool users in the family and incorporates a small entertaining area for relaxing and enjoying the wall-mounted LCD television. The project boasts simple clean lines to integrate the home with the pool, cabana and garden area. The roof of…

3 min.
perfect vision

When four award-winning firms get together, you know the end result is going to be something special. SJB Architects, Peter Glass & Associates, Peter Fudge Gardens and Andrew Waller Design combined forces to drag a poorly renovated McMahons Point home out of a rut and transform it into an iconic space. Originally twin Victorian terraces that had lost all their traditional charm, the property was completely remodelled to bring it back to its former glory. Naturally, the brief revolved around taking advantage of the location’s views which feature the Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, the Opera House and, of course, the city skyline. “We have worked with the client previously, which allowed us to have a greater understanding of how the spaces would be used and how the family wanted it to…

5 min.
the finishing touch

Big brick walls, retaining walls, side walls, dividing walls, extension walls, back walls, shady walls, undercover walls – put like that and they’re just walls. We see their limitations but we could change that completely if we look at walls as blank canvases, with the potential to become fabulous features that add sensational style to any outdoor area. Here, Siita Rivas, from Rivas Design, provides tips on how to accessorise walls to maximise outdoor style. Style: Start by defining your style and stick to it. Consistency in style underpins all design so it’s important that this step is in place before you start choosing elements for your walls. Once you define your garden style, make sure everything you do supports it. This will help you when it comes to quick-fix solutions…

4 min.
complete package

Afusion of modern and timeless, this stylish entertaining space is in a class of its own. The Victorian-era home in Melbourne’s Ascot Vale was fully remodelled and the land surrounding it was given a complete overhaul. Before the renovation the yard was overgrown and unremarkable, the undulating levels restricting potential uses of the site. The finished project delivered a series of elegant outdoor rooms that are not only beautiful, but extremely functional. Designer Nicholas Goff from Apex Landscapes says the homeowners’ priority was to create a space that exuded a feeling of synchronicity with the home’s interior, and to provide garden rooms and spaces that were multi-use, with a focus on outdoor entertaining. One of the key features was the swimming pool. “It was important that we provided our clients with a…

3 min.
provençale perfection

This stunning Provençale house is set in extensive grounds, exactly the kind of property that has helped create the area’s reputation as a sun-kissed rural idyll perfect for a holiday home. The house itself, revealed at the end of the long and winding driveway, stands at the centre of a 12ha plot with a stunning south-facing pool to its left. A number of outbuildings to the right serve as guest rooms and the manicured lines of tended olive trees are located on the surrounding lawns. But the property is deceptive and has some exciting surprises to offer. “The house presents convincingly as a 200-year-old building refurbished to modern standards,” says David Price of David Price Design, “but it was built in the 1990s by a local architect.” After they purchased the house,…