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Outdoor Design Issue#34 2016

Outdoor Design is one of Australia’s leading outdoor design magazines, showcasing the latest innovative design and construction for outdoor living spaces, bringing the best quality products and professional services in the landscaping industry to gardens all around Australia. Outdoor Design & Living is a bi-annual magazine that features particular lifestyles with outdoor rooms including kitchens, outdoor lighting, water features, sound systems and outdoor theatres, pools and spas, as well as indoor-outdoor furniture. 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.
editor’s letter

Our love of spending time outdoors is nothing new. Nor is our fondness for barbecued fare. What has changed is our level of sophistication. As a nation, we love to travel and dine out, which means we’re exposed to diverse cultures and cuisines. Now, when we entertain or cook outdoors, we demand a full-on gourmet experience — and we want it to be in a well furnished outdoor room-style space. While the barbecue still holds centre stage, it’s no longer the sole star of the show. Today it is likely to be part of an outdoor kitchen, where it shares billing with a sink, under-counter fridge and more. Or it might form a double-act with a woodfired oven. If you’re planning an alfresco cooking area, our feature on the latest trends…

1 min.
light touch

8 min.
taking it outside

There are countless benefits to working from home — no daily commute or annoying co-workers chief among them — but there can be challenges, too. For example, if you have a house full of children, getting peace and quiet in those tumultuous hours before and after school can be near impossible. Building an office in the garden can be a great solution and it’s one that increasing numbers of Australians are adopting. Your garden can provide a light-filled and serene space in which to work. In a large garden, an office can be nestled into the landscape and located some distance from the home, but even in smaller outdoor spaces, an office can be seamlessly integrated with a little care. Some garden offices are pre-fabricated pods, some are converted shipping containers, others…

7 min.
what’s cooking?

BARBECUE CARE 1 Put your barbecue on a high setting for five minutes (without the hood) to burn off all excess grease. 2 Turn off the gas cylinders. Let your barbecue burn out and then switch the barbecue burners off. This will clear any excess gas from your barbecue hose. 3 Scrub the cooking surfaces with clean warm water or suitable oil and grease remover and then dry. 4 Spray the cast-iron or steel plates and grill with vegetable oil. This handy trick will prevent rusting. 5 For the outside of the barbecue, use a wet rag (no wire brushes — you don’t want any scratches) to wipe everything clean and bring out the shine. 6 Place a protective cover over your barbecue when finished. Source: Home Timber & Hardware. If you’re Australian and you like to cook…

3 min.
fire it up

For those who love to cook and give their guests the greatest range of taste sensations, a woodfired oven — either on its own or as part of an outdoor kitchen — is a fantastic idea. A woodfired oven is ideal for pizzas but it’s just as suited to cooking slow-roasted lamb or tandoori chicken. Of course, the appeal doesn’t end with the array of different dishes you can create. A woodfired oven adds a focal point — and ambience — when entertaining outdoors. GROWING IN POPULARITY Liz Fenton of Aussie Heatwave Fireplaces says the popularity of the woodfired oven has grown in tandem with the growth in popularity of the outdoor room. “Having an alfresco room lends itself to incorporating things such as a woodfired oven,” she says. “With everincreasing house…

2 min.
for the table

Serving an alfresco meal and setting an outdoor dining table are now a much more refined affair, thanks to a market flooded with chic products specifically aimed at the outdoor entertainer. Servingware, crockery and cutlery, table runners and napkins … if you need it for your outdoor table, you can find it. PAPER OR PLASTIC? The range of plastic serving and drinkware has grown remarkably. Some glasses and tumblers are vividly coloured and lots of fun, such as the offerings from SunnyLife, while others are more sophisticated in design, such as the Mark Newson moulded plastic Unbreakable Drinkware Collection. In terms of plates, platters, trays and bowls, heatresistant, shatterproof melamine crosses all price points and includes designer ranges such as French Bull and Kate Spade. If you want to travel the no-washing-to-do route,…