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Outdoor Living Issue#35 - 2017

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

1 min.
from the editor

While I’m sad that we are less than a month away from winter, I’m going to take a glass-halffull approach to the seasons this year. Summer in Sydney was particularly unforgiving, with temperatures soaring to 40 degrees and more for several days and the consequent humidity making it nearly impossible to sleep. At least winter provides the ideal sleeping conditions and there is nothing like snuggling up in front of a toasty fire or heater with a movie or good book. If you have appropriate heating outdoors, there is nothing to stop you from enjoying your outdoor room in the cooler months. Our heating feature gives the lowdown on the latest heating solutions, from firepits to chimineas. An extremely important element of any outdoor room is lighting. Not only does it…

4 min.
out and about

Pop-Up Lounge Bar, Beirut Located on the rooftop of Beirut’s Four Seasons Hotel, this pop-up lounge bar was designed to be dismantled in five months. The approach of Rabih Geha Architects was to inject a second skin into the site, which would envelop the lounge area independent of the pool and create an ephemeral installation that would separate, yet unify both spaces. This added layer stands in contrast to the existing tubular white structure of the rooftop. It imposes a visual graphic identity with its black square-sectioned columns placed in a specific rhythm. The internal layer, being neither too high nor opaque, serves to open up the lines of visual communication, while still remaining concealed within the space. The front of the bar is backlit and clad with colourful, patterned ceramics,…

4 min.
best of

COSY AND INTIMATE This compact outdoor entertaining space is infused with warmth and comfort through the clever use of natural materials. Designers at Bayon Gardens have created a beautiful contemporary sitting area around the toasty ethanol fire, as well as an outdoor cooking and dining space. The entire area is under cover to maximise its use. There’s a curved, raised natural stone garden bed constructed from Otway stacked stone, and natural round bluestone doubles as seating. A cutleaf maple brings upright leafy architectural form to the space. Merbau decking underfoot is soft and warm, and the screening is durable silvertip ash. A selection of plants including liriope and bird of paradise bring an organic, leafy feel to the space. There is so much packed into this small area but it does…

2 min.
standout space

Shaun Wright, senior designer of A Total Concept Landscape Architects, was commissioned to design the extensive external areas of this property on Sydney’s lower north shore, incorporating an outstanding poolside cabana that the homeowners could relax and socialise in. “The local council has restrictions on cabanas being built in the area so we utilised the shell of an existing double garage by opening it up and extending it slightly,” says Shaun. “There is little of the original structure left — just enough to allow us to gain approval for the cabana through council and for it to be positioned hard against the boundary fence.” The poolside cabana is surrounded by a large paved entertaining space that is set within lawn and garden areas that incorporate a large informal swimming pool. The traditional…

4 min.
island dreaming

Of course, the great Australian dream is to own your very own piece of land and build a home that satisfies all of your earthly desires. But this large family has gone one better. They wanted to live the holiday life every day. And with this outdoor room, they do just that. Located in the popular holiday destination of Hamilton Island in Queensland’s Whitsundays, this new build is situated on a new release of level land facing north to Catseye Bay. The grounds are bound to the eastern and southern sides by steep parkland leading to Passage Peak. The home itself was planned as a “pavilion cluster structure” with an internal courtyard to form a protective area. Large walls of bifold doors allow the interior to flow seamlessly to the terraces, gardens,…

3 min.
bali inspired

When the director of Stilus Design and Construction, Glen Fludder, landed the job of constructing an outdoor space in Queensland’s picturesque hinterland region, he knew he had quite the task on his hands. The family envisioned an area that was intimate yet spacious, modern with a soft Balinese influence, as well as durable against the coastal elements. Of course, the space needed to enhance the waterfront views of Pumicestone Passage, but it was crucial that this didn’t interfere with the shore views from the home. It seems that the team at Stilus had a lot to contend with, but they were certainly up for the challenge. Stretching 35km, the Pumicestone Passage separating Bribie Island from Queensland’s mainland is on one of those precious, breathtaking sites remaining — somewhat remarkably — off…