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Outdoor Living

Issue #47 - 2020
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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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1 min.
from the editor

Baby, it’s cold outside. Winter can feel like a time of hibernation, when we retreat into our homes and socialising falls offour radar. But why not make the most of a time when the mozzies aren’t biting and the stars are shining? Outdoor living doesn’t need to diminish in the colder months — it can simply change. I adore the cosy feeling of curling up with a blanket, hot chocolate in hand and the warmth of a fire. On a cooler evening, just switch this idea outside to soak in the crisp air and night sky. Break out the marshmallows as page 81 has all the details on creating your own firepit area. What’s more delicious than fresh fruit? There’s been a rise of everyday Aussies picking up the shovel and growing produce…

4 min.
what’s hot

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS Once dismissed as vigilantes or “guerrilla gardeners”, those creating luscious footpaths in our communities are no longer renegades sowing seeds of dissent against the council. In fact, they’re all above board and part of a blossoming community movement centred on inclusivity, sustainability and participation. UNSW Built Environment Professor Linda Corkery is celebrating the rise in planted nature strips. “It’s come to be seen as a valuable thing because suddenly these vacant spaces are being turned into verdant, productive gardens for the community,” she says. “They’re such a great use of unused space, generally tucked away or on small pockets of land that’s very usable but that not much can fit on.” Many councils have now developed guidelines that allow food planting on nature strips in order to meet strategic sustainability goals, allowing…

3 min.

LIFE’S A BEACH It’s rare to find an outdoor area so entrenched in the landscape that parts of the pool’s walls are formed by the natural rocks jutting from the beach. Lying within metres of the rugged Mexican coastline, the SJAIII House embraces the beautiful views and environment of the site. An infinity pool makes the water seem endless, while endemic plants grow among the rocky terrain. An acknowledgement of place and an exploration of the dichotomy between built and wild, this outdoor area is almost bare of human creations, besides the tiles of the pool, wooden rails and stairs. Photography by Rory Gardiner. cdm.la BACK TO THE TROPICS Holidaying in the Whitsunday Islands is a dream in itself, let alone in this expansive villa able to house 24 people comfortably. The outdoor…

3 min.
plant one on us

BEGONIA With more than 1500 species of begonias available, there’s one for every environment. From cane-like species reaching 2m tall to the smaller bedding begonias admired for their annual colour, this is one versatile plant. All begonias have succulent, water-retaining leaves which make them reasonably drought-tolerant. Even in cooler areas, rex types, with their superbly patterned leaves, can be grown as indoor plants. One of the best begonia cultivars is ‘Dark Elegance’. With stunning coral flowers and attractive foliage, this tough plant is perfect for a summer hanging basket. VIREYA RHODODENDRONS Vireyas are the tropical members of the extensive rhododendron tribe. These small to medium shrubs are grown for their bell- and funnel-shaped flowers in a range of vivid colours. They’ll happily grow in frost-free areas outdoors, but also make excellent container plants…

3 min.
exceeding expectations

The owners of this Sydney property received more than they expected from their rear garden retreat. We at A Total Concept wanted to give this family the full package. Who wants an ordinary backyard? This contemporary resort-style space incorporates a cabana and pool along with an expanse of lawn and gardens. What we’ve achieved for the owners is a space that incorporates everything a family could want for both day-to-day living and weekend socialising at home. This was a project of many parts. The rear of the property looked outward onto a bushland reserve but had little privacy from adjacent neighbours, so we bounded the entire area with a formal hedge garden. This has created a concealed space in which we were able to develop a stunning outlook from the kitchen…

3 min.
beauty and the beach

Perched above Newport Beach on Sydney’s spectacular Northern Beaches, LA Cool is an outdoor living space that caters to multiple family generations all year round. This outdoor extension by Carter Williamson Architects utilises the previously overgrown and unused backyard to stunning effect. “There was a small grass lawn leading to steep, inaccessible, overgrown vegetation at the rear of the house,” explains Shaun Carter, who designed and executed this home’s impressive transformation. “Only one third of the yard was usable.” A cantilevered construction was designed to combat the inhibitive slope of the site. Jutting out over lush planting, this platform provides strong structural support while drawing inspiration from midcentury architecture. The space-efficient living area delivers maximum amenity from the site, which suits the homeowners perfectly. Their ultimate vision was for a home that could…