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Outdoor Living Issue#41 - 2018

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

Whether you have a big or small space to work with, we have you covered this issue. Green walls have been all the rage for a while now and it’s easy to see why. Not only can they add a living piece of decor to your backyard, they can also help screen things out and allow you to add greenery to a smaller space that may not have included much of a garden. Check out our green walls feature for more information. Now for those lucky enough to have an expansive backyard to work with, in the expert advice section, Better Homes and Gardens presenter Jason Hodges shares his top landscaping tips for larger spaces including paving, pools and plants. It’s that time of year that many Australians look forward to —…

3 min.
what's hot

GO WEST The brief for the renovation of the Best Western Haven Hotel in Glebe, Sydney, was that it must be unique, encourage people to venture out of their room and engage in the hotel’s services and facilities. The goal was to encourage these guests to use the outdoor space for all their needs — working, socialising and relaxing. Smaller break-out seating was added, which enables smaller groups to come together and engage. Power was installed into the area for battery charging, and lighting allows guests to use the space well into the night. In the design, the soft geometric shapes of the concrete pads tie in with the sculptural trees as they balance each other and create pockets of usable space. The standout feature is definitely the Organic pod shelter,…

2 min.
best of

We love the bar’s magnificent views of Queensland’s Glass House Mountains HAPPY HOUR Nothing says summer time like outdoor entertaining. Truly embrace outdoor living and opt to install an alfresco bar. More than just a bar, the Luxe Lodge enjoys an outdoor space like no other. From a fire sculpture to breathtaking views and an array of natural building materials, it is a true outdoor oasis. Cocktail, anyone? Photos by Fred McKie. ultraspace.com.au We love the modern sofa that invites everyone to take a seat WHITE ON WHITE Whether you have a luscious, expansive garden, a small urban courtyard or something in-between, the approach to creating an outdoor room should be just the same as when you’re decorating inside. While we aren't prone to playing favourites, there's one exterior style that makes our design hearts…

2 min.
novel concept

Shaun Wright, senior designer of A Total Concept Landscape Architects, was commissioned to design then manage the construction of the extensive external areas of this home on Sydney’s lower north shore. The stunning property incorporates a swimming pool, poolside cabana, lawns and gardens for relaxing and socialising. “The council area that this project is in has restrictions on cabanas being built on the boundary, so externally we utilised the shell of a superfluous existing double garage, opening it up and extending it slightly, ensuring enough of the existing structure was retained to allow us to gain approval for the cabana to be positioned hard up on a boundary fence to maximise space,” says Shaun. The poolside cabana is surrounded by a new sizeable timber deck, large enough for a generous table for…

2 min.
for family

When designing this outdoor living space, Brenton Stokes from Intrinsic Landscapes took inspiration from the bold, hip gardens you find in South Florida to give the Melbourne garden a vibrant feel and more than a dash of Miami chic. “The owners wanted something that would be visually interesting and dynamic, so I gave them a look that is cool, confident and sexy. The use of electric colours adds to the vibrancy of the space, yet the overall impression is of a stylish and sophisticated setting for outdoor living,” explains Brenton. Providing a place for family-friendly, trans-seasonal entertaining was imperative, hence the inclusion of a covered outdoor room at the end of the garden. To make preparing and cooking meals easy, the feature of the space is a fully customised outdoor kitchen with…

1 min.
standout space

The house, which sits on a sloping block, had been a typical post-war dwelling before it was bought by a builder and tastefully renovated. It is now very modern with an exterior boasting a mix of weatherboard, rendered block, glass and fibre-cement sheeting. As part of the renovation, a smallish concrete swimming pool was built at the rear of the home. This stands 1.2m out of the ground. The brief from the homeowners to Aaron Worth of Utopia Landscape Design was to work with these elements and “do something exciting”. Their wish list included a sense of seclusion and interesting visual elements throughout. It was decided that the interesting visuals would be driven by the use of various materials, such as the laser-cut resin panels from Axolotl. These have a white…