Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue #51 2021

Welcome to the new-look Backyard, the magazine for those who don’t just dream of an amazing garden, they want to get out there and make it happen. If the backyard is where you gather with family and friends; if you want to do more in your backyard, be that build a garden bed or lay some paving; and if you want to get your kids involved too, Backyard is what you need. Backyard covers a wide range of topics for the consumer who is doing a complete makeover. Including but not limited to Planning a Garden, Makeover Ideas, Design Advice, Water Wise Gardening, Outdoor Lighting, Pool Design, Outdoor Furniture, Garden Art, Shade Solutions and Paving Options. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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in this issue

3 min
fire it up!

Everyone is drawn to fire. Having a chiminea or fire pit in your garden entices people to gather, relax and interact. It also extends the use of your outdoor living space, creating warmth and ambience all year round. And when it comes to woodfired cooking, well, that’s a sure-fire way to keep guests wanting to come back for more. Aussie Heatwave Fireplaces specialises in woodfired outdoor heating and cooking, offering a diverse array of chimineas, fire pits and pizza ovens. “We are a small husband-and-wife business that sells premium-quality products which will stand the test of time and provide years of enjoyment without any dramas or breakages,” says Andrew Fenton, who runs the business with his wife Liz. “Most of our products are made locally in Australia,” he continues. “Our cast-iron chimineas…

2 min
forrest friends

A new collection of outdoor furniture designed by Justin Hutchinson for Melbourne design studio Kett, Forrest is curvaceous and inviting. Made from premium-grade teak, the range is named to honour Forrest in Victoria and celebrates a natural, timeless and Australian aesthetic. Defined by intricate timber features and sweeping curves, the collection includes refined dining tables, sofas and occasional pieces and is exclusively available through Cosh Living. The seat and back cushions comprise all-weather reticulated foam for supreme breathability and drainage and are upholstered in resilient outdoor fabrics. The distinct, delicate woven details of the Forrest are incredibly strong, offering functional support for long lunches and relaxed evenings with the family as the sun sets. All pieces are hand-finished and are lovingly and expertly constructed by talented craftspeople who embrace the rich history…

1 min
heart of stone

If you want something timeless in your outdoor area, natural stone should be front of mind. Limestone in particular is a resilient material that has been used around the world for centuries and is still incredibly popular today. Renowned for its soft colour palette and relatively durable nature, limestone has a multitude of applications for indoors and out. This family wanted a modern stone colour that was white but still had a hint of warmth. Granite Works offered a type of white limestone, Jazz White, that fit the brief to a tee with its bright surface softened by subtle veining. The natural stone was to be used for paving and pool coping, so non-slip and durable features were essential for this material. The project required a quick turnaround, with the stone…

2 min
a matter of comfort

Set in the lovely coastal town of Port Willunga, this stunning new home is the ultimate combination of functional, sustainable design and contemporary style. Current environmental design employs a combination of passive solar-control strategies to reduce the impact on mechanical air conditioning and heating systems. Passive design involves the combined approach of reducing unwanted solar gains during summer, while maximising solar gains through winter. In its simplest terms, this means shading of glazed areas during summer, while allowing sunlight exposure through winter. By using retractable shade systems, this scenario is easily accomplished. With the combination of vertical sliding timber screens and two Shaderunner® retractable sail systems overhead, the entertaining deck of this stunning home is transformed into a usable outdoor space, even on the hottest days. As well as providing thermal…

5 min
design fusion

These days, it’s rare to consider the pool in isolation. More often, the entire external area is taken into consideration in the design as a holistic project. This is becoming more important as properties become smaller and owners expect greater use out of their external areas. It makes good sense to engage a designer who can best help you to ensure your dreams come true, with your budget strongly considered. Hire a designer to help with both the design and planning stages to ensure the pool and any other features are located correctly, that the design incorporates all the possible uses to meet your needs, and everything complies with authority rules and regulations. It will be money well spent! But where do you start? Swimming pools are a specialist niche design…