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s your backyard living up to its potential? With Australians doing more of their living and entertaining outdoors for the greater part of the year, complete alfresco spaces are becoming integral to our quality of life. Why not make the most of your outdoor area by turning it into a showpiece where you can spend time with family and friends comfortably. Take the drudgery out of cooking for the hordes by adding the outdoor kitchen of your dreams – including a pizza oven – and

EDITOR’S PICK The geometric lines of the Conique outdoor pot range give this array a modern appeal, while the rustic surface finish gives it a ‘lived-in look’ for strong dimensional contrast. Divine! hgfs.com.au

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w take dining under the stars to a whole new level. Want a platform for parties? Add a deck and extend your floorspace from indoors to out in a seamless flow that makes entertaining a breeze. Looking for some serenity after a hard day’s work? A well-placed water feature will bring in the natural element of water to soothe the senses and provide a focal point in your landscape. Want to extend your entertaining into the colder months? Choose from a wide range of heating options to keep your outdoor room toasty, or add the flair of fire with a firepit or wood burning fireplace and really make a statement. Discouraged by the size of your outdoor footprint? Don’t be! Just because your patio is petite or your balcony diminutive doesn’t mean you can’t create an outdoor oasis that will add value to your property and become a great entertaining area. Use our clever tips for making the most of small spaces and turn tiny into tremendous in no time. Don’t forget your pint-sized adventurers or furry friends. Take a leaf out of our book to create the ultimate child-friendly zone outdoors to make your kids happy and give yourself the peace of mind of a safe space where you can let them run wild. And, keep your gardens intact by using our guide to keeping your pet pals engaged and away from your perennials!

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From furniture to firepits, pots to vertical gardens, pools, lighting, screening, as well as tiles, pavers, timber and shade solutions, we’ve got everything you need to create the ideal open air entertainment zone. So get creative, take the fun outside year round and make the most of your plot of paradise.

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contents 14 outdoor entertaining Live it up With a little creativity you can design your dream entertaining zone

18 tiles & pavers Versatile tiles and Performing pavers Create standout spaces with the latest in outdoor tiles and pavers

27 stone & concrete Rock solid and Concrete reasoning Explore the benefits of stone and concrete for creating attractive and practical designs

33 timber Trust in timber Timber continues to dominate design trends by adding warmth to outdoor decor

38 decking All decked out A robust deck offers a functional and aesthetic structural solution

43 shade solutions Keep it covered Stay shaded year round with a selection of stylish and durable all-weather options

49 blinds & shutters Shut it out Get weather protection and privacy with stylish and sturdy blinds and shutters

52 small spaces Think small Get clever with small spaces and create your own 'tiny' outdoor haven

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88 outdoor kitchens & barbecues

Boundary issues A plethora of practical and decorative ideas for solving privacy and perimeter concerns

60 heating & cooling

Alfresco feast Feast on the growing trend of elaborate outdoor kitchens

94 outdoor furniture & rugs

Turn up the heat and cool it down Explore the latest in heating and cooling systems for alfresco living

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Patio panache Use furniture and rugs outdoors to enhance entertaining zones

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Into the blue Be surprised by the latest in pool designs for outdoor spaces of all sizes

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A bright idea Well-placed lighting adds functionality and ambience to any landscape

102 outdoor art

The art of bath Turn bathing into an art form in your own backyard as you commune with nature

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Express yourself A well-chosen piece of art enlivens gardens with an interesting focal point

106 vertical gardens & pots

Pint-sized design Create a kid-friendly garden that offers hours of delightful and imaginative fun

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Climbing the walls Introduce greenery into your space with a luscious vertical wall or pot garden

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Pet paradise Thoughtful ideas to design a comfortable coexistence between man and beast

83 patios, pergolas & pavilions Add-on space Rooms that will add to the value of your home and increase your lifestyle options

Opposing elements Add drama to your landscape with a splash of water or the flicker of flame

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live i t up With a little creativity and some well-thought-out choices, designing your dream outdoor entertaining space can be achieved with ease words karen booth pending time outdoors with family and friends to share a meal and a drink is nothing new. It’s our expectations that have changed. Today we’re much more discerning — and demanding. We’re no longer content with sitting on some plastic chairs gathered around a trolley backyard barbecue, an Esky filled with drinks nearby and mum constantly dashing in and out of the house for supplies. Now we want sophisticated

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outdoor entertaining spaces where everything we need is close at hand. Be it somewhere to dine, cook, watch DVDs, swim or chill with friends, we all want a place to entertain that has the amenities and ambience of an interior living room, but the openness and connection to nature you can only experience outdoors — and we expect spaces that are as flexible as they are functional. The modern outdoor entertaining area needs to take you from day to night and from season to season, and it has to be

just as capable of accommodating a casual family get-together as a big social occasion or a refined alfresco dinner party. The key is to tailor the space, whether it’s a poolside pavilion, a covered deck or an open-air patio, to precisely meet the needs of those using it. A well-designed outdoor entertaining area is just that — designed. This means all elements have been carefully considered, from the purpose of the space to the appliances, furnishings, lighting and the like that will bring the design to life.

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01 Entertain in comfort with a lounge setting that gives you and your guests a sense of luxury, like the Barrel Lounge setting from Satara. Handcrafted from durable teak, outdoor foams and sunbrella fabrics. satara.com.au 02 An outdoor kitchen will provide extra cooking space and keep the chef in the action while entertaining outdoors. Make it as large or as compact as your entertaining style requires. The options for outdoor kitchens are vast and can be custom built to suit your needs. landscapeswa.com.au 03 The Balad outdoor lamp from Fermob is a versatile outdoor lighting option. Modern, fun and accessible, this lamp comes in a range of colours to complement any decor and is built to withstand the weather. classicwithatwist.com.au 04 The Tempura Quadra infrared heater is an extremely efficient heating option for outdoor rooms. Quick to heat, the Tempura Quadra warms the skin and is the perfect excuse for prolonging the use of your outdoor environment during the colder months. petermeyerblinds.com.au 05 Introduce a fire feature into your space for that added flair. Firepits or decorative fire accessories are a great way to make a statement and warm up your space. solusdecor.com 06 An outdoor dining table with an industrial edge, the Eileen is constructed of a central rail and tapered legs for elegant stability. Available in highpressure laminate or Accoya® timber. sp01design.com 07 Adding a firepit to your backyard space will keep you outdoors for longer throughout the year and provide a cosy place to gather. assetlandscapes.com.au 08 Whatever you use your outdoor space for, relaxation is always the name of the game. Make it as comfortable as you can with a seating option that you can see yourself reclining in for the whole day. Zulu Hanging Chair. vavoom.com.au

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LIGHT THE WAY We now entertain at night just as much as we do during the day, so outdoor lighting is essential. “Good external lighting will extend the hours of use you get from your alfresco living and dining spaces and it will enhance the ambience,” advises Justine Carlile of Justine Carlile Landscape Design. “To add to the atmosphere, use dimmers and special-effect lighting, and where you have an outdoor room divided into different zones, ensure there are variable lighting controls for each zone so you can control the amount and intensity of light to suit your changing entertaining needs.”

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THRILL OF THE GRILL If you like to entertain outside, you need somewhere to cook and something to cook on. A customdesigned outdoor kitchen in a lavish poolside pavilion may be what dreams are made of, but for many, a covered area close to the house and a barbecue big enough to feed the gang is all that’s needed to get a party started.

KEEP IT COOL Practical concerns, such as the right type of shading and cooling, also need to be addressed. Most people want their alfresco living spaces to be trans-seasonal. A solid-roofed entertaining space is ideal for yearround shade and rain protection, and affords you the benefit of being able to install outdoor ceiling fans, but it can limit flexibility. One way to avoid this is to install a louvred roof with adjustable blades that can be angled to allow in as much, or as little, sun as you want, and to capture cooling breezes. When adaptability is high on the priority list, look to awnings and umbrellas.

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Give your guests somewhere stylish to dine and comfy to sit. Aaron Worth of Utopia Landscape Design says when choosing outdoor furniture, the function of the space needs to be considered. “Is the area mainly for dining or lounging or both?” The individual space and surrounds must be considered too, such as taking advantage of a particular view or aspect, capturing breezes, locating dining furniture close to barbecue or kitchen areas, ensuring door/access ways are kept clear or ensuring furniture is away from pool fencing. “The orientation of the furniture can also play a part in the selection process,” Aaron continues. Of course, comfort is critical.

09 In developing a ‘theme’ for your entertaining space be sure to stay true to the design elements of the style you are emulating, choosing materials and plants that blend harmoniously, in order to create authenticity. terryfrancis.com.au 10 The AirFusion Command II outdoor fan will help you keep your cool throughout the summer and make your outdoor room that much more enjoyable. 132cm metal four-blade fan with optional remote control. beaconlighting.com.au 11 Adding statement furniture pieces like this mid-century modern masterpiece elevates your garden space to gallery, enhancing the overall appeal while still providing functional seating. gomodern.co.uk 12 A water feature will add instant appeal to your outdoor space and turn your landscape lush, with the added benefit of attracting local fauna. dennishundscheidt.com.au 13 Up your game with a pavilion from Stratco and create the ultimate entertaining space in your backyard. Fit for lounging, cooking or just plain playing, a fixed roof structure is a longterm outdoor room solution that will help you make the most of your space. stratco.com.au


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belly up to the bar Get your next alfresco party off to a great start and impress your guests with an outdoor bar

Affordable ready-made bars are available from hardware warehouses and outdoor furniture suppliers. At the designer end of the spectrum, there are illuminated modular polyethylene bar systems suited to modern landscapes. Whether it’s budget or luxury, all you need to do is place it where you want and stock it with your favourite drinks. Alternatively, get one custom-made or build one yourself.

materials. They can be made of anything from wood to cement and be clad in timber, stone, tiles or rendered cement. An L-shape design is ideal because it gives you multiple surface areas, room for two people to move about easily behind the bar, and ample seating spots for guests. Length is dependent on the amount of space you have available, but there should ideally be enough room for at least two people to sit. Height is also important; bar stools are the obvious way to go for seating around a bar, so think about the height of the bar surface. Consider storage; if space is an issue, then shelves and cupboards under the bar will have to suffice. If you have the space (and the budget), a wall behind the bar for shelves and cupboards for all your drinks and glasses will make it look like a true cocktail bar.

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The four main types of bars are; by a pool, attached to an outdoor kitchen, set up in your outdoor area (either freestanding or set against an exterior wall), or a ‘feature bar’ in a stand-alone structure such as a cabana. All have their benefits and it’s essentially a matter of personal choice, budget, and how much space you have. If you don’t have room for a full bar but you’d like to at least have chilled drinks on hand, you can opt for furniture that incorporates an ice bucket, a deck with a built-in ice channel, or

words sunny de bruyn f you like to spend time outside and you regularly have gatherings with friends and family in your outdoor space, a bar may be just what you need. It’s the ultimate for entertainers and creates a fabulous focal point for parties and barbecues. Another bonus is that it limits traffic in and out of the house.

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02 a sculpture that does double duty as a drinks cooler. The key is to think creatively. 01 The modular illuminated Vel bar system from Vondom is the ultimate in luxury and lets you entertain in style. A modern statement that is sure to get the party started once the sun goes down, the Vel is available from Ke-zu furniture. kezu.com.au 02 This rooftop bar from Studio Atelier makes a fixed statement with a tiled base and stone benchtop. Natural shade is provided by planted greenery, making for an outdoor bar that will withstand extreme weather and stand the test of time. studio-atelier.com.au 03 For a bar with an industrial rustic finish you can’t go past the replica Xavier Pauchard bar table and stools. With its combination of timber and metal you’ll feel like you’re in the local beer garden – but won’t have to find a cab to take you home! replicafurniture.com.au

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Add that something special to your alfresco zone with stand-out coloured, shaped or textured tiles

words nicole mulloy utdoor floor tiles are available in a virtually limitless array of colours, sizes, patterns and textures, making for some exciting design options — which can also be a little overwhelming. Taking into consideration where your tile will be laid, what function it needs to serve, and what look you’re trying to achieve will help you determine the best tile type for your needs.

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Quality ceramic, porcelain, terracotta and natural stone tiles are the most popular choices, and using the right colours and styles can add value to your home’s outdoor areas.

surface tough Most outdoor floor coverings will need to withstand a lot of use. From adult dining to kids’ parties and family get-togethers, your floors are going take a beating. Consider the

level of traffic your flooring will need to cope with and choose a tile that is up to the task. You will also need to consider the surface finish. Smooth, honed, glossy or matte are not just design choices, they

01 An evolving trend, the “wood-look” ceramic tile gives the appearance of natural timber without the need to sand and seal against termites and rot. Lay the tiles in an alternating pattern to achieve an attractive look similar to parquet flooring. massaimports.com.au


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TIMBER TREND ALERT In an increasingly popular trend, porcelain timber-look tiles are now being used outdoors. Providing all the beauty and style of natural timber, porcelain timber tiles are a low-maintenance option that won’t splinter, rot or warp. They are pest-resistant and will withstand water. Usually available in a plank format, once laid, the tiles often look just like real timber planks. With ridges that mimic the surface of timber, these designer tiles provide an anti-slip surface that adds an extra element of safety to entertaining spaces.

CERAMIC SIMPLICITY Ceramic tiles are well suited to outdoor spaces as they are easy to clean, scratchresistant, fire- and water-resistant, and environmentally friendly. Available in high-gloss or matte finishes, ceramic offers a durable and hard-finished product in an extensive range of designs and colours that will maximise any design.

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also address practical concerns regarding issues of slip-resistance. Non-slip surfaces are important for safety and are best used around pools and outdoor kitchens, where wet spills are most likely to occur. Choosing the right tile surface is as important as making sure the floor is level.

form and function Outdoor tiles should be strong and durable enough to withstand the harsh Australian

climate. They need to cope with extreme heat, wind and rain, not to mention heavy foot traffic. Make sure you confirm your tiles are designed for outdoor conditions and check if they need any special care or maintenance to sustain their look. Your tiles also need to complement your interior spaces, offering an attractive and functional transition from indoors to out. The style of your home will have a big impact on your tile choice. Choosing a

02 Extend your outdoor living area with these timberlook deck tiles from Tile Mega Mart, and you’ll never have to worry about splinters! tilemegamart.com.au 03 Engineered stone tiles are a tough option for outdoor spaces that see a lot of action. High-traffic areas should be covered with a tile that will wear well over time and not show its age. tilemegamart.com.au 04 Steer away from traditional squares and rectangles with these elliptical hex tiles. A distressed look in a soft grey matt finish means these tiles will give your outdoor space a contemporary look with a difference. elegancetiles.com.au 05 Ceramic tiles are ideal for outdoor areas as they are tough and withstand weather extremes. These external floor tiles from Cerbis offer the look of stone with the ceramic properties of durability and easycare. cerbis.com.au

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OLD-WORLD ENCAUSTIC Encaustic or cement tiles have been used in Europe for more than a century and have become increasingly popular in the past few years in Australia. They are hardwearing and weather-resistant. Handpressed with a coloured surface made from natural pigments, encaustic tiles present with a slightly chalky finish that softens over time to a silky patina, giving them an old-world charm.

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complementary colour and finish to your internal spaces ensures a cohesive look.

Available in a broad range of styles, shapes, colours and textures, decorative tiles allow you to let your imagination run wild. Adds pops of colour, swirls of pattern, even three-dimensional relief to your walls. Just remember to keep it balanced. Feature tiles should be just that, a feature. Cladding an entire outdoor room in a psychedelic swirl or provincial pattern might push the boundaries of flair into fail. Remember less is more. Use patterns to highlight or emphasise aspects of your space rather than coating the entire area. Use them to add texture and definition or create visual relief across large flat planes, including the floor. Think about the style you want to create. Do you want a Moroccan bazaar, a Zenlike sanctuary, or a European courtyard look-a-like? Use your design inspiration to direct you toward an appropriate tile choice to achieve the maximum result for your space. When it comes to colour, think timeless. It’s best to consider a tile colour you’ll ultimately be happy to look at for at least the next five years. And remember, shady areas can be brightened with light tiles, while bright spaces can be toned down with darker tiles.

feature standouts Outdoor tiles are not just for floors. Using outdoor tiles to clad walls, garden beds or steps, barbecues and benches, even water features not only increases the durability of your outdoor space, it also adds a design aesthetic that will be unique to your area.

06 The Hawkesbury tile from Massa Imports offers all the elegance of real sandstone in a high-quality ceramic tile. A robust and resilient alternative to natural stone. massaimports.com.au 07 For a unique feature that is sure to become a talking point, TONK 3D wall tiles can be used to create patterns in an almost limitless range of designs. They can even be painted! paversplus.com.au


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although the area has to call for it — it can’t be forced. I tend to use it as a relief from other surfaces and it is often not the main surface; splashbacks, signature walls and smaller seating spaces work really well. There are many different colours to choose from. I can’t seem to go past the softer, more neutral tones. These are usually glazed and have a calming effect, bringing an organic, very natural and earthy feel to a space. I have recently seen some beautiful black terracotta tiles that have just hit the market; the variation in them is dramatic. When it comes to style choices, some of the smaller tiles look fantastic on a feature wall or splashback. The handmade tiles that range in size, but also come in 120mm x 40mm or the 90mm x 90mm, are absolutely beautiful. As a natural product, terracotta will require some maintenance to keep it looking its best.

Glazed terracotta is pretty maintenance-free but will benefit from the occasional wipe down, whereas natural terracotta will benefit from being sealed. A wax can also be added to enhance the colouring.

01 Create a stunning herringbone pattern on your wall with small-scale terracotta in soft orange hues with the Cotta range from EcoOutdoor. ecooutdoor.com.au 02 Classic terracotta comes in everything from dusky oranges to strong vibrant umbers. This soft-toned tumbled terracotta from Tile Mega Mart will give you the strength you need, but not overwhelm your design. tilemegamart.com.au 03 The earthy hues and natural texture of terracotta give it a timeless feel. A natural product, terracotta will last and only get better with age as it develops a smooth patina over time. ecooutdoor.com.au 04 With a strong, saturated orange tone, classic dark terracotta tiles can give an outdoor space instant Mediterranean flair and a holiday vibe that encourages relaxation.


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words carrol baker avers can direct the flow of traffic, offer an inviting tactile floor covering, and provide an attractive finish to patios and outdoor entertaining spaces. There are many styles, colours, finishes and designs available in a wide range of materials, from beautiful natural stone to durable concrete, affordable clay and traditional cobblestone, or even recycled brick. With so many options, seeing your vision of a warm, stylish outdoor area come to life has never been easier.

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where to start Rory Graham, a landscape designer from Joanne Green Landscape Design, says your first consideration should be the dynamic use of the space. “What do you plan on using the area for? What is the surrounding architecture like? What are the aspect and location of the areas to be paved?” These are all key considerations as some products will be more suitable than others for the job. Will the area need to support a lot of foot traffic or have heavy furniture moved across it? Is it in an area where food and

drinks are likely to be spilled? If it’s in a sunny space, what are options that won’t hold heat? Paved areas in entertaining spaces generally need to be stain-resistant, resilient to the elements and, of course, slip-resistant. This is where different textures come into play. In stone and concrete pavers there is a diverse variety of textured finishes. Some are more rustic and rough-hewn, while others, particularly natural stone, can produce a soft mirror-like finish.

the stress test When it comes to hardscaping, it is imperative to select a product that is highly durable and impact-resistant as things could be dropped on it, dragged over it or slid across it. Concrete pavers have been one of the mainstays of the paving industry for decades. They are an affordable option and available in a vast array of colours to complement any space. With developments in production technology, many concrete paver products now replicate the earthy colours, textured finishes and beautiful feel of natural stone. “Concrete pavers are also cost-effective and convenient — most companies have good stock in warehouses on hand,” says Rory.

Classic clay pavers are a natural product and they’re available in a big range of shades. They’re cost-effective to lay, durable, and can withstand heavy loads. As well as being slip-resistant, clay will retain its colour integrity so won’t fade. If you’re looking to source something a little unique, Ben Scott from Ben Scott Garden Design suggests recycled brick. “It’s an eco-friendly option, and being an aged product it has character. Recycled brick also comes in a range of rich colours and it’s relatively inexpensive,” he adds.

nature’s best Natural stone is a good choice for those who want a timeless, classic look with durability, says Rory. Granite and bluestone are strong, dense and durable, slate is cool and hardwearing, and sandstone has timeless appeal with a wide variance in colour tones. Then there are the more

01 Urban Surface is a stunning outdoor porcelain paver from Amber Tiles that is ideal for courtyards, patios and pool. Its unique benefits include being stain, frost, moss, mould and slip resistant. Available in 15 colour tones. ambertiles.com.au

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the most porous of the natural stones. “Spill a glass of red and it can be difficult to remove. You can, however, use a preventative penetrating sealant,” says Ben.

size it up Paver size can make a big impact when laid. If you prefer small-format designs, architectural bricks start small at around 200mm x 100mm. These look fabulous, particularly for cottage or traditional outdoor spaces. Just as outdoor areas and entertaining spaces are upsizing, so too is the size of many paving products — around 400mm x 500mm or 400mm x 600mm, and even much larger sizes are now popular for contemporary entertaining spots. With classic, streamlined good looks, largeformat pavers can look stylish in any outdoor space. And if an area is small, large-format pavers can also give the illusion of greater area, according to Rory. “A large-format paver or tile creates a sense of space. They’re also more costeffective from a laying point of view — you can cover more ground quickly,” he says.

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PAVING 02 The Timberstone range from Amber offers the authentic look of aged railway sleepers crafted from concrete. Available in two colour tones, the Timberstone range adds style and sophistication to any outdoor area. ambertiles.com.au 03 For an alternative to classic pavers, try Stoneset permeable paving. Porous, or permeable paving allows water to penetrate the surface and flow through to the ground below and gives you a nice stable surface for outdoor areas, pathways, driveways and more. stoneset.com.au 04 Innovative porcelain pavers from Boral. The Soho paver range is a pressed paver with high technical and visual performance. Designed for easy installation and easy to clean, the Soho range is stain resistant and slip resistant, with a breakage load of up to 1000kg. Shown in Spring colour. boral.com.au 05 For a gorgeous natural-look paver, you can’t go past Amber’s Limestone. Predominantly composed of calcite, limestone pavers are a durable and hardwearing option ideal for outdoor areas. Available in seven colour tones. ambertiles.com.au

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06 Innovative porcelain pavers from Boral. The Soho paver range is a pressed paver with high technical and visual performance. Designed for easy installation and easy to clean, the Soho range is stain resistant and slip resistant, with a breakage load of up to 1000kg. Shown in Broome colour. boral.com.au 07 The timeless look of antique brick never goes out of style. The Antique Greenway brick paver from PGH allows you to create a variety of patterns when laying, for a traditional or contemporary look, that will stand strong for many years. pghbricks.com.au

You can also use a mix of large- and smallformat pavers to create a distinctive look.

colour inspiration To generate a flowing transition from indoors to out, source a colour to complement your surroundings, not just match the wall colours. A subtle contrast will probably work better than a more pronounced, vivid one. “Popular colours are earthy, neutral tones,” says Rory. “You can introduce a different colour with a band or border, but nothing too dramatic. The idea is to catch the eye and segment the mass to create a feature.” Charcoals, mochas, pewter, caramels and creams are fashionable options, but when choosing a colour, designers also emphasise the importance of the location. As a general rule, lighter pavers will work better in predominantly shady areas and darker colours in light-filled sunny spaces. “If you have a south-facing yard, go with a light-coloured paver or it may be too dark,” suggests Ben. “If your yard is north-facing with a very light paver, it may be too glary.”

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which way to lay When adopting a laying pattern for your pavers, the design depends on the area you intend to pave and your personal taste. Stretcher bond (brick-laying style), stack bond (pavers laid straight with no overlapping) and French pattern (a mix of square and rectangular pavers that form a design) are fashionable patterns. “Popular designs in formal styles in period homes include a few rows of 400mm x 800mm border paving or an inlay,” says Ben. And in contemporary-style homes, it

depends on the feel of the home. “Is it urban with a city feel? Does it have a quirky edge or is it a chic, clean, contemporary design? For contemporary homes, big slabs of stone in a stack pattern, using sawn travertine, granite or bluestone, are a popular option.” No matter what you decide, paving is a long-term investment that will add value to your home. Because it is an investment, it’s important to research product selection and find a good installer. “Quality workmanship and adequate preparation really are essential to protect your investment,” emphasises Rory.

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Geographic location is an important factor when choosing stone, which can be eroded by salt if not sealed properly. Stone surrounding a saltwater pool also requires specialised sealers to address erosion risk and ensure a non-slip factor. When looking for the most ideal surface for a path, Ryan recommends multi-sized pattern stones. “Selecting a French or Roman pattern can give your path another point of interest and will also help accommodate any curves,” he advises. “When it comes to pools, limestone, travertine and sandstone are all great products. They do not conduct heat and will stay cool underfoot, even on the hottest days. They also look great. Granite is another safe option as it is an extremely nonslip surface.”

When choosing the right stone for your needs, consider its porosity, durability, maintenance requirements, colour availability, the area it will be used in, what it will be used for and, of course, your budget. It’s best to speak to an expert who can guide you in these areas.

For driveways, natural stone cobbles — granite and quartz, for example — are a practical and attractive option that will stand the test of time and add that wow factor.

choosing a stone Natural stone is available in what seems to be an infinite variety of paving, walling, furniture and garden decor and includes locally quarried products as well as imported stone. Natural stone may not always be the cheapest option, but the effect can’t be compared to many manufactured products. Some of the most commonly used stone for landscaping 01 Sandstone is a classic choice of stone for retaining walls and garden edging, as seen in its use in this garden by Design-it Landscapes. designitlandscapes.com.au


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Polished | A smooth, high sheen and mirror-like finish, usually found indoors Honed | A smooth finish, which can vary from non-reflective to low sheen Sawn | The block is sawn into slabs, leaving a smooth finish with some saw marks for textural interest Flamed/Exfoliated | A rough crystalline finish. Used in wet areas such as around pools due to its good slip resistance Wire brushed | A process used to give natural stone a leathery, antique finish, which feels great underfoot

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02 Created by Secret Gardens, this multi-tiered garden incorporates large pieces of natural stone throughout the garden to function as stair treads and stepping stones, giving it an organic form with a subtly functional purpose. secretgardens.com.au 03 Neo Rox’s Random Z interlocking panels of black mica schist ledgestone are ideal for cladding feature walls, barbecues, pool features and more. neorox.com.au 04 Random freeform paving in natural earthy tones were used to form the varied sections of this central courtyard, with bluestone cobbles at the borders used to create distinctive divisions from the rest of the landscape. desiredeffect.net.au 05 Salt n Pepper granite pavers provide a hardwearing deck around this pool edge, ensuring safe use and long-term viability for this outdoor space. neorox.com.au

Sandstone is a traditional Australian favourite suitable for architectural applications and landscaping. It is available in hues of cream, salmon pink and soft orange, with veins of lighter or darker shades washed throughout. Sandstone is offered in sawn dimensioncut pieces for a more formal appearance. For a rustic look, flagstone can be used for crazy paving in a variety of shapes and sizes. Sandstone is quite porous and stains if not properly sealed or regularly cleaned.

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limestone Limestone has a granular texture with bands of colour ranging from beige to ivory to white throughout. Similar to sawn sandstone, it can be quite porous, however sealants help prevent staining. Often used as paving in a range of finishes, limestone can also be used for coping and walling.

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06 Sandstone is a classic choice with a long history of architectural use throughout Australia. With creamy tones varying from white to tan, sandstone is a durable option for flooring and walls. kls-sandstone.com.au 07 No longer just for industrial retaining walls, the gabion cage is now used for seating and sectioning and decorative pieces in backyards everywhere. And with stone fill available in a range of colours, they can match any designer’s brief. deepgreenlandscaping.com.au 08 Premium sandstone tiles encircle this pool, blending nicely with the natural colour tones of the surrounding landscape. Though a porous stone, sandstone is used around pools for its excellent non-slip properties. luxurystone.com.au 09 Gabion walls provide a solid alternative to timber or metal fencing. The caging comes in a variety of metals and finishes that can add an additional touch to the appearance of your gabion wall. permathene.com.au

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of areas. It is particularly good for wet spaces such as around the pool. Available in numerous finishes ranging from smooth, honed surfaces to coarser sawn finishes, bluestone is mainly used as paving, pool coping or wall capping.

granite Granite is available in a variety of earthy colours, from soft grey and bluish–brown to cream, with varying amounts of the smaller crystals and aggregates showing. Granite can be used inside or outside and comes in a wide range of finishes including sandblasted, honed and ribbed for a different texture, feel and look.

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A gabion wall can be constructed to complement any garden style, from tropical to modern, by incorporating different stone types and perhaps a few trailing or feature plants. If the wall is for retaining purposes, the structure must be solid and the rock sturdy. A typical rock for retaining walls is basalt, due to its hardness. Any rock can be used in a purely decorative gabion wall. You can create a tailored look by the colour of rock you choose. Also, it should be noted that certain kinds of rock take on a totally different look when wet. These changes add character and interest to the structure.


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concrete re asoning Concrete is making a comeback. From paving to planters, seating to steps, bespoke concrete is the new must have for outdoor spaces words karen booth ith the resurgence of interest in mid-20th-century modern design and an embracing of industrial chic, concrete is being used in increasingly interesting and engaging ways in the garden. Cantilevered concrete benches and dining tables that seem to hover in place, platform-style concrete boardwalks, built-in planter boxes, bold feature walls … concrete is no longer just used for paving or walling, or hidden behind cladding or a layer of paint. Concrete is ubiquitous. It’s a common building material that is prized for its strength and although it weathers

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gracefully, it is often kept behind the scenes. However, that is no longer the case, both inside the home and outside in the garden. Concrete is being used in a plethora of creative ways, some incredibly refined, others bold and dramatic. That is one of the things that make it so attractive, the versatility that allows it to transform functional elements into design features. “Instead of using a traditional tile or a paver, more people are leaning towards a nice finished concrete — whether it’s sand-blasted, honed or even burnished,” says Matt Leacy of Landart Landscapes. “Concrete is not only highly durable and relatively low-maintenance, it is also

super versatile and lends itself beautifully to bespoke designs that enhance the individual aesthetics of outdoor areas.”

endless versatility “Concrete is an exciting, versatile and multi-purpose material that is now being used in new ways to improve the functionality and aesthetics of outdoor spaces,” says Steve Taylor of COS Design.

01 This outdoor space is made private through the use of concrete panels to form screening, which has the added benefit of a noise-dampening effect. Concrete footpads form a convenient bridge to the deck and give this space an industrial flavour. acre.com.au


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“As a product itself it provides many opportunities for creative design elements within a garden and the options are nearly limitless. In recent years, feature concrete has been increasingly used in architecture so it is a natural progression that is now being used more freely outside.”

strength and beauty Concrete offers a very special blending of form and function. Explains Steve: “Concrete has its well-known function of structural foundations and bases for paving, retaining walls, swimming pool shells and footings, but with the introduction of special blends and formulated mixes, concrete is now serving many more functions such as barbecue/kitchen benches, dining tables, garden seating, steps, planter boxes, feature screening walls, privacy screens – the list goes on.

“The beauty of concrete, when used appropriately, is that these functional items can become amazing pieces of garden artwork and architecture. With the correct design, engineering, preparation and execution, concrete can seem to defy gravity and float, becoming a design feature.”

to polished, and from a trowelled finish through to ground-exposed aggregate, there is a combination to suit every hardscaping palette.” Concrete, which is a blend of cement, aggregates (typically a combination of fine particles such as sand and larger gravel or crushed rock) and water, is basically a

colour and finish “The variety of different colours, textures and finishes is overwhelming, although availability does vary across the country,” says garden designer Peta Donaldson from BLAC. “From white through to black, rough

PAVING PERFECTION Either wet-cast or dry-pressed into moulds, concrete pavers are often made to imitate the look and feel of natural stone. Wet-poured concrete pavers can have colour from added pigments or coloured sands; a textured surface created by a mould; or added aggregates to make pebblecretes and terrazzo. Dry-pressed concrete pavers often contain a quantity of ground or chipped natural stone to give them the look of real stone. With concrete pavers, the range of colours, textures and sizes is broad and they are long-lasting. Exposed aggregate paving is a popular choice for driveways, garden paths, around swimming pools and outdoor entertaining areas – basically anywhere you want a bit of extra grip underfoot. The exposed finish allows the colours and texture of the stones and sand within the concrete to show through. The colours will depend on the aggregate mix used and you have a choice of standard paving ranges or you can have a mix custom-designed for you.

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PAINT IT! Love the durability and cost-effectiveness of concrete, but not a fan of its industrial finish? One of the many beautiful things about concrete is its ability to be painted. Give your concrete slab a block of ‘pop’ in a bold colour or paint a stencilled design to give it instant ‘international chic’. With the range of concrete products on the market today — available in most hardware stores — giving your concrete patio a vibrant facelift with paint will lift your outdoor space and enhance your enjoyment of the area.

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blank canvas. With the addition of special blends of oxides, feature stones and pebbles, concrete can be coordinated with most colour and design palettes.

desired effect within the landscape concept, no matter the surrounding context or potential constraints.”

expert touch garden styles “Feature concrete is mainly used in modern, contemporary gardens, resort-style gardens and minimalist gardens. It is used less for traditional-style gardens but the horizon is ever broadening for the use of concrete in a landscape design,” says David Franklin of Franklin Landscape & Design. “Concrete provides landscapers and designers alike with a surface and material that is highly flexible and easy to manipulate to create a tailored design element within a garden. It allows a designer to create a

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While feature concrete has myriad practical uses, and the finished product may look clean and simple, you need to use a professional to install it as it can be a tricky material to work with. “You need to work with skilled tradespeople who will use precise measurements and processes to get the right end results,” advises Steve. “Professional engineering, good foundations, form work, steel fixing and the pour itself are all highly skilled and technical processes that should be respected no matter how small or large the feature may be.”

02 Grey concrete can be lightened up with a coat of paint. Take a leaf out of this blogger’s book and paint your plain concrete patio in a vibrant design in your choice of colours. Be sure to use a concrete paint to guarantee it lasts. oldbrandnew.com 03 The beauty of concrete lies in its malleability, allowing you to sculpt forms in a variety of shapes and create built-in pieces that form the boundary of your outdoor space. By Signature Landscapes. 04 Large-format concrete pavers offer a sturdy walking surface in and out of the seating area of this ‘beachy’ landscape. Softened by the timber of the built-in bench seating, the mix of materials provides a textural palette that adds interest. landart.com.au 05 The Hive concrete stool from Schots Home Emporium is just one of the many ways you can bring the element of concrete into your outdoor space. Durable and strong, concrete is a great choice for outdoor furniture and accessories. schots.com.au 06 & 07 Don’t want to lay a concrete floor but love the industrial look? Add concrete to your space with a range of furniture and accessories like benches and pots to give it the funky feel without the need for formwork. schots.com.au 08 Large concrete pads tier down through the garden of this mid-century mod-style garden by Landart Landscapes and Pools and acts as the perfect foil to the natural timber deck. landart.com.au


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space by incorporating timber cladding, decking, fencing, and shade structures in your outdoor landscape. Alternatively, allow more subtle timber flourishes to enhance the liveability of your outdoor space by selecting timber tables and chairs, creating feature walls, using wood chip mulch for the garden, or even build raised garden beds. Smaller spaces in urban areas can also benefit greatly from the inclusion of timber features. These can work to soften the dominant grey tones from concrete, stone and metal elements, adding natural warmth to your space.

make a statement Timber as the focal point of your outdoor space could come in the form of a solid timber deck, pergola, fence or privacy screening. Today, a range of timber grains, 01 This outdoor wood stacker from Unearthed Garden is a creative storage solution that makes it hard for unseen creepy-crawlies to lurk in the stacks while functioning as a decorative addition to your backyard. Image courtesy of Lean Timms unearthedgarden.com.au 02 Different grains of timber can be layered on each other to add texture and depth in small spaces. figlandscapes.com.au

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colours and finishes are available on the market, allowing you to add your own style to the space or make it easier to blend with what already exists. When selecting the correct product for your hard landscaping elements, taking the time to ensure you are choosing the right timber class for your structure is essential. Typically, timber from Classes 1 or 2 (the most durable class ratings) will see that your above- or below-ground structure remains a safe and reliable feature in your outdoor space for many years to come.

Proper maintenance of your timber elements will also extend their long-term durability. Depending on the type of timber you have selected and its application, your timber may need to be sealed or cleaned on a periodic basis. Keeping your timber well maintained will help protect the material from attacking insects and rot. Most importantly, it is often incorrectly assumed that treated timber used in landscaping structures is impervious to weathering. Should you choose to incorporate timber in your outdoor space

Latte poles are hardwood timber products ideal for exterior fencing, cladding, screening and pergolas. The unique organically shaped poles are made from Australian Ecucalyptus grandis and are the brainchild of Harry Hopkins and Richard Lubner from Touch Wood Trading. These beautiful hardwood poles are both durable and stylishly functional. They are able to weather the harsh Australian climate and are mould-resistant, which is excellent for a low-maintenance yearround screen, fence or pergola. The long, straight grain and light colouring of these timber elements also make this material a versatile addition for a range of backyard designs. The light-hued grain works well against pops of colour from soft furnishings or plant life or, combined with whites and ocean blue hues, evokes a seaside feel in even the most landlocked outdoor space. Despite being an Australian native, the Eucalyptus grandis used to make Latte Poles is sustainably sourced from South Africa, providing local communities with a viable livelihood. Touch Wood Trading designers have noted the coastal Cape Town influence in their design and have sought to create a sturdy product that produces a distinctive aesthetic for cladding, fencing and screening projects. touchwoodtrading.com.au

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03 Versatile in nature, latte poles were used to create the ceiling of this outdoor pergola, offering shelter and shade while giving the space additional texture and a natural element that plays off the concrete fixtures. touchwoodtrading.com.au 04 This delightful outdoor landscape utilises latte poles as a privacy screen and gives it a ‘beachy’ feel that symbolises relaxed living. touchwoodtrading.com.au 05 Taking ‘raw’ to a whole new level, this feature wall created by Garden Ridge utilises sawn wood circles to form a stunning backdrop to the fireplace that gives it a natural feel that is very appropriate for an outdoor space. gardenridge.com.au


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06 A classic choice for outdoor furniture, this teak dining table and chair setting offers a stylish dining option that will withstand the ups and downs of Australian weather. schots.com.au 07 Phillip Withers Landscape Design knew a statement piece would be needed for this lush garden, so looked to chainsaw artist Brandon Kroon, who is known for his ability to bring wood forms to life. For this garden, the Victorian artist created a tree sculpture in which perch a pair of owls. bkcarving.com 08 Using timber to create a flat deck is easy. Why not try for built-in pieces that flow from the ground up and provide seating or dining options where needed. ecodesign.com.au 09 Designed to utilise random width offcuts of Tasmanian oak, the Shorts stool turns an otherwise wasted material into a stunning feature for outdoor rooms. arkofurniture.com.au 10 Small items like this organically shaped plant holder in natural timber make a tactile statement and are the perfect foil for hard metal or stone elements. granddesignshomecollection.com.au

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CHARRED TIMBER Want a maintenance-free timber that will maintain its colour over time? Look no further than charred timber. A surprisingly old technique applied to preserve timber used for construction, charred timber is enjoying a renaissance in exterior projects across the country. Charred timber is created by cauterising the timber cell, which stops it reacting to atmospheric change and thereby stabilises its mobility. The blackened finish of this material is known for its lasting colour, making it the perfect option if you want to add darker tones to your outdoor area. The charring process can be achieved in stages, allowing for varying levels of charring that make it possible to incorporate softer tones of browns and blacks in your outdoor cladding or design feature. ecotimbergroup.com.au

it will require the reapplication of stains and sealants every few years in order to maintain its desired colour or effect.

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adding flourishes Timber is, at its core, a tactile material. Smaller timber elements in your outdoor space create a tangible sensation that makes you want to touch the products, warming your outdoor space and allowing you to balance out any concrete, metal or stone components in your design. In addtion, the woody tones of timber can soften the starkness of white walls and tiles.

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Should you choose to incorporate timber furniture, sculptures or features in your space you can do so by choosing a sturdy outdoor table and chairs that look great and withstand the elements. Otherwise, adding wood chip to your gardens is an excellent way to reduce weeds and add a pop of earthy colour underneath your plant canopy. A unique art piece in timber is another surefire talking point and has the added benefit of looking at home in the garden. Alternatively, as more of us choose to incorporate feature fires into our backyard designs, wood storage can become a fun way to decorate your outdoor space.

11 A timber outdoor suite like the Reef Collection is an ideal way to include timber in your outdoor space. globewest.com.au 12 Structures created using reclaimed timber have a unique character. Companies like Eco Timber Group specialise in reclaiming timber from old structures and preparing them to breathe fresh life into new structures for a one-of-a-kind statement. ecotimbergroup.com.au 13 Using timber to create a deck and running it up the walls for cladding brings design cohesion to this outdoor pergola and completes the tropical feel the owners wanted. iconiclandscaping.com.au

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rival the size of the home’s indoor living area, according to Scott Wheeler from Melbourne’s Top Decks & Design. “In the past, a deck was something to step out onto before going outdoors,” he says. “But that’s all changed. Decks are

definitely getting a lot bigger, reflecting our love of spending time with family and friends and being outside entertaining.” In place of costly building extensions to add an extra room to the house, many homeowners are instead choosing to build a deck. “Some include fully functional outdoor kitchens, lounging areas, alfresco dining spaces and other living zones. The addition of tiered decking, partitioned and boxed-in spaces breaks these areas into rooms,” says Scott.

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While timber is a traditional choice, composite decking is gaining favour as a viable low-maintenance alternative. “Composite decking is typically made of recycled plastic blended with some cellulose material,” says David Elms of Futurewood. ”The majority of manufacturers use recycled HDPE plastic, but some use PP or PVC either recycled or virgin. “The cellulose material used ranges from rice husks to softwood, hardwood, bamboo and/or combinations of these


D E CK ING 01 This multi-level deck by Adam Robinson makes perfect use of a small and uneven site and creates a direct link between indoor and outdoor zones. adamrobinsondesign.com.au 02 This wood composite deck wraps neatly around the firepit, creating a safety barrier and providing a non-slip surface for all those wet feet emerging from the pool. rubicab.com.au 03 Combining timber with concrete makes this multi-level deck a standout feature. The warmth of the timber complements the aggregate in the floating stair. outsidein.net.au 04 Esthec Terrace composite decking offers the look of timber without the necessary maintenance and is perfect for wet or damp areas where mould is an issue. esthec.com 05 Aluminium composite decking is a superior choice around pools. Strong and light, aluminium decking is non-combustible, corrosion resistant, stain and scratch resistant and insect proof. knotwood.com.au 06 Composite decking from Futurewood is a premium choice for longevity and a solid structure that will stand up under the harsh Australian sun. futurewood.com.au 07 Butting flush up against the stone pavers, this platform deck highlights how mixed materials can work well together in the same outdoor space. landscapeconstructions.com.au

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Before you begin your project, you’ll need to talk to those in the know about specific building considerations that have to be met when building a deck. Check with your local council to ensure that what you have planned complies with specific council guidelines. Some small decks may not require council approval, but no matter what size deck you plan on building, it must meet current building construction standards and regulations.

materials. The product is extruded in a plastics-extrusion machine and the product is pushed through a die using heat and pressure. Apart from the main ingredients outlined, there is normally a small percentage of chemicals, including pigments and binding agents. “Most brands of composite decking use around 90 percent recycled materials in their manufacture rather than using timber from old-growth rainforests. Also, composite decking does not require continual oiling, varnishing or painting, making it easy-care."

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A raised deck allows you to capture views and breezes and increases your living area without sacrificing your garden or yard space. Freestanding decks are not attached to the home and can be positioned wherever you choose — in close proximity to a swimming pool or simply to provide a quiet retreat in the garden. Multi-level decks work well on a sloping block, but can look striking on any block, according to Jaden Meek from Deck it Out Landscape & Outdoor Solutions. “Multilevel decks define spaces, working to create different zones and areas,” he says. You only need a step or two and you have different sections, which can completely change the feel and mood of the space,” he adds.

sense of connection in long, straight lengths. Bamboo decking is very dense and extremely strong. It can be purchased pre-treated with insect retardants, impregnated with natural decking oil, and with a non-slip grooved surface. For a natural look and timeless appeal, there’s nothing quite like the warmth and durability of bamboo flooring.

TALKING TIMBER Being a natural product, timber is by its very nature durable. Nonetheless, you need to take care when selecting the right timber for a structural project such as a deck. Baigent Taylor from Just Deck It says: “Always go with timbers that fall within natural durability categories of class 1 or class 2 to ensure the longevity of your deck.”

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Aluminium is another low-maintenance option. It can feature timber-look colours, and some styles have specialised waterproof and slip-resistant benefits and realistic woodgrain finish in a range of colours or powdercoated finish. Being metal, the decking boards are resistant to termites, won’t rot, splinter or crack.

designs and style Decking styles can be simple or elaborate but, generally, they’re either platform, raised, multi-level or freestanding. Platform decks are a relatively new concept. These are usually low to the ground and generally smaller in size, so they’re ideal for smaller house blocks. They’re also quite cost effective as, in most cases, you won’t need balustrading.

For most people, the deck design depends on how the outside will connect to the inner spaces of their home. Do you want steps so you step down onto the deck, or a deck that flows out from the house? “Some people prefer to have no steps at all, so it is all on one level. They feel it’s more inviting as it

08 The large flat expanse of this deck extends the living space to the property's borders. Designed by Steve Taylor of COS Design, the clean lines offer a wealth of possibilities. cosdesign.com.au 09 Not all decks need to run directly off the back or side of the house. Choosing to build a platform deck, like this one from Landart Landscapes, down near a water source or in a secluded corner of the property, gives you a special place to retreat to that encourages you to let go and relax. landart.com.au 10 Durable and splinter-free, Estech Terrace composite decking is a low-maintenance alternative that comes in a range of colours that will complement any landscape design. esthec.com


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with stainless steel screws that are part of the Futurewood installation system however in this installation the builder preferred to face fix the boards with regular

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wearing and low maintenance in order to meet their brief. Traditional timber decking could not be considered due to the high cost of maintenance that would be required for this application.

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DECK I NG Covering your deck with a pergola or awning frees you from seasonal constraints, meaning you can use it rain, hail or shine. Many people are selecting sheeting roofing material such as clear Laserlite, as this permits natural light to filter through so they can sit back and watch the stars at night, while some choose partial covering so they can relax on the deck with a cuppa and enjoy the spring sunshine.

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draws you out and gives the space more of an outdoor room feel,” says Jaden. However, if you do want steps, what sort of steps would you like? Steps can be open slats or filled in, or they can be narrow or wide — some extend to the actual width of the entire deck and provide additional seating when friends drop in. New-look decking shapes are very

diverse. “It’s not like it used to be with a standard 3m x 3m square,” says Scott. “We’ve done hexagon decking, L-shaped decks, and egg- and kidney-shaped decking — you name it, if people can imagine it, then we can create it,” he says.

made for entertaining To create the deck that will best suit your needs, consider what you’d like included in the space. Do you do a lot of entertaining? How many people will be using the area? “It can also help to plan what furniture and inclusions you’d like in the space,” says Jaden. “Allow enough room for chairs to be pulled out from tables, and space around access areas.”

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BAMBOO BONANZA If you’re after a natural material that looks like wood, consider bamboo decking, which is available in a selection of colours. Because bamboo decking is made from bonded layers of shrink-resistant, rotproof bamboo strips, it is very strong and therefore rated as a ‘hard’ floor. It’s easy to install and can be laid over concrete or hardwood or directly onto joists.

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But there’s more to a deck than stylish flooring and roofing. With raised decks, you need balustrading for safety. Stainlesssteel wire set into timber posts, and also glass balustrading are both smart options — and not only does glass add to the feeling of spaciousness, it also offers an unobstructed view of your gardens. Feature handrails are also gaining a firm foothold as a must-have in designer decks. “If you’re entertaining, chunky handrails are a good idea — you can put your drink on them and rest up against them; it feels as though you’re relaxing with a beer in a bar on a Saturday afternoon,” says Scott. There are also options for in-built decking features, which include timber seating, storage and planters. During summer and spring, comfortable cushioning can transform a built-in seat into a daybed and if it’s hinged you can also use it as a storage area for kids’ toys, soft furnishings or pet toys. With all your bases covered, you then have a deck that will see you through many a family lunch or outdoor party.


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ke e p i t c ove re d Stay shaded in summer and winter with a range of stylish, durable solutions to complement your outdoor space words rachel falzon ustralia’s climate is the envy of the world, but we do have periods where we need effective protection from extreme weather conditions. The heat of summer, for instance, is pleasant enough if you’re in the shade, and a nice place to sit outside, sheltered from the rain, is welcome. While a pergola is a great option if you have the room, smaller areas may benefit from an awning system, and these days there are even fully retractable options that extend to automatic and motorised roofing, blinds and screens.

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awnings Awnings can provide permanent or temporary shelter to any space, offering protection from the weather and allowing you to use your outdoor area regardless of the conditions. Retractable and foldable options are becoming more popular, particularly for small areas. “If it’s too hot or sunny, you can instantly create shade with various types of retractable awnings or sunroofs,” explains Ivan McCutcheon, general manager of Melbourne Shade Systems. “Most systems open and close in just a few minutes.” The advantage of this, says Ivan, is that if the weather

turns and it’s wet, windy or cold, you effectively have an outdoor room at your fingertips. According to Will de Hoon, project manager of Aalta Screens, there has been a big change in awning products over the past 50 years. “People and fabricators of the past didn’t care much about design as long as the awning served its purpose,” he says. “Nowadays, this demand has evolved into sophisticated systems that can be custom-made to be flush with any building type. While guarded by sun, wind and rain protectors, retractable roof systems can project and retract with a single push of a button or with a remote control to provide for commercial and entertaining needs.” Some retractable roofing systems automatically sense the weather and will close when necessary, but a retractable roof system will require permission from your local council, so make sure you do your homework before installation. Ivan suggests folding-arm awnings are good for moderate weather protection. “They’re fantastic for sun shade, reasonable in moderate wind and good in rain if there’s enough angle for water run-off,” he explains. They’re ideal for small areas, too, as they don’t take up much space. There are no posts, beams or framework and they’re slim in design.

01 The Markilux Planet freestanding frame for folding-arm awnings provides continuous shading due to a rotating axis, giving the benefit of tracking the sun as it moves throughout the day. Its unique design and elegant appearance make it the ideal way to provide shade protection to your favourite spot in the garden or around the pool. markilux.com.au 02 The Sottezza II Conservatory awning offers an unobtrusive shading solution. This undermount awning system is a sleek and elegant solution suitable for almost every patio roof and provides superior heat protection and effective glare control. petermeyerblinds.com.au 03 The latest offering from Blinds by Peter Meyer, the WGM Top Conservatory awning, adds an extra dimension to any conservatory, verandah or patio roof. Offering adjustable heat protection, the awning is motorised for easy use, sturdily constructed of weather-resilient fabric and adaptable to almost any existing construction. petermeyerblinds.com.au 04 The Markilux 990 Kinder Cocoon is practical and strong. The compact cassette screams functionality and elegance and is easy to install. This fully retractable awning system is versatile and flexible, making it an ideal shade option for balconies, terraces and courtyards. Available in a range of colours, fabrics and finishes. markilux.com.au 05 The Sunrain folding arm awning from Luxaflex provides adjustable protection from the elements. Designed specifically from durable materials to combat Australia’s extreme weather conditions, the Sunrain awning helps you to make the most of alfresco living. luxaflex.com.au

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elegant way and installed in up to eight different configurations,” says Will. “As with the retractable roof system, the retractable shade sail allows you to create or organise any area in less than 10 seconds. Additionally, it has all the complementary sensors and drives the market has to offer.” Andrew Perry, director and designer at Outrigger Awnings, says the main reasons people install shade sails are for protection and privacy. “Shade sails are used for

shade and to protect the house and its contents from sun damage and heat,” he says. “They also provide privacy from neighbours looking down onto an outdoor entertaining area, or they can be used as a vertical screen on boundaries for privacy.” Shade sails can be installed over a patio or verandah, affixed to your house, or freestanding in the middle of the yard. For added flexibility, there are also retractable shade sails which, like retractable awnings, give you a greater range of options for your outdoor space and demountable sails. “Demountable sails can be classed as umbrellas and as a result often don’t need council approval,” says Andrew.

06 Outrigger sails are lightweight durable fabric structures that come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours to meet your sail needs. This large batten sail sits over the deck to provide fixed shade that will withstand high levels of wind and rain for year-round protection. outriggerawnings.com.au 07 This custom Outrigger shade sail sits nicely over the deck and can be retracted to provide full sun when required. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours to meet your needs. outriggerawnings.com.au


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09 For that touch of eastern style, the Plantation Pagoda from Parterre exudes a special ambience with the warm look of wood and a traditional valance design. Decorative tassels lend a traditional flare to the Sunbrella UV fabric. The unique hexagonal shape sets this umbrella apart. parterre.com.au 10 A geometric design with an element of nostalgia, the Striped Beach umbrella

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adds an element of fun to the backyard. This mobile and flexible shade structure is the perfect option for small backyards or courtyards. UPF 50+ fabric with powdercoated pole and tassel trim. lifeliveitup.com.au 11 Give your outdoor space the chic it needs with the Komodo cantilever umbrella, 3m in diameter. Made from a strong and durable waterproof material

with a powerdercoated pole, it has a manual hand crank that makes it easy to open and close. kogan.com.au 12 The Roberti Coral Reef sunshade is a modern design with European influences that packs a surprisingly practical punch in such a stylish shade. Portable, adjustable, and available with added fixtures like a bar top, the Roberti is tres chic poolside. contempocollection.com.au

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13 With its varied angles and distinctive pitch, this custom shade structure offers a variety of coverage to protect the majority of the backyard. Its staggered height also provides the headspace needed to help the patio feel large and spacious and create good airflow. outriggerawnings.com.au 14 Bridging the gap between different spaces, this custom canopy ties together two areas of the house to create cohesion in the building and connect the outdoor entertaining zone to the house. Utilising a laser-cut design, this shade structure provides dappled shade and creates a dramatic feature on the walls that moves with the sun. Photo by Marie-Caroline Lucat 15 Choosing a bespoke shade solution offers the opportunity to cater to the individual needs of your space to ensure maximum protection where it’s needed most. utopialandscapedesign.com.au 16 This rooftop space by Boyds Landscaping utilises a custom laser-cut canopy to provide filtered light over a partially covered patio structure. Angled to provide protection against the harshest afternoon light, this outdoor cover is a stylish and practical addition to the outdoor space. boydsbaygroup.com.au 17 Made from NatureShade, this custom canopy from House of Bamboo has an undulating shade created from a high-quality stainless-steel frame attached to a single metal pole that enables the canopy to be rotated 360 degrees and angled up to 90 degrees to cater to your individual shade requirements. NatureShade offers a filtered light and a topical feel perfect for the pool area. houseofbamboo.com.au

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sh ut i t o ut Get protection from the elements and privacy from nosy neighbours with outdoor blinds and shutters words nicole mulloy reating living spaces outdoors is easy in temperate climates, but protection against more extreme weather is sometimes needed. Privacy is also a key concern when spending time outdoors. Whatever the weather, a practical way to increase the functionality of your outdoor space is the addition of outdoor blinds and shutters. With an extensive range of products on the market in a variety of shapes and styles, all needs can be met.

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manager of Melbourne Shade Systems, says clear PVC provides excellent protection from the elements in cold weather, and there are several tints available for reasonable UV protection. “Woven and PVC-dipped shade mesh fabrics are the most popular,” he says. “They provide reasonable protection from the elements and block the sun and heat. Mesh materials vary in density and weight; generally high-density provides good protection but low visibility, while mediumdensity provides reasonable protection and visibility and is valuable for families with

01 Maintaining its sleek look across all styles, the Evo range from Luxaflex® is energy efficient and affordable - you can save up to 60 percent on your cooling costs. The Evo range also comes with a tonne of optional extras, including heaters, bottom rail brushes, fabric valances, hold-down straps, locking bolts and a diverse palette of powdercoating colours. luxaflex.com.au 02 Specially designed for alfresco entertaining, Stratco Ambient® outdoor blinds offer heat control, UV protection, privacy, and even insect control, to further enhance your lifestyle all year round. Stylish and contemporary in design, the Ambient range will integrate seamless to existing outdoor environments. stratco.com.au

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BLINDS & SHUTTERS children, making it easier to watch them when they’re playing in the backyard.” Whatever shade solution you choose, consider the motorised options as they add value to your lifestyle and your home. “They allow you to save on heating costs, too, as you won’t need to use your outdoor heaters as often or for as long if you have an enclosed area,” adds Will. “And you can utilise your outdoor space all year round.” Modern designs are often safer, too, as they don’t have cords that can be hazardous to children and animals.

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Shutters are a great way to add variable control to your outdoor environment, making them a flexible and energy-efficient option. The most common forms of outdoor shutters are louvred, venetian and plantation shutters, all of which will allow you to mechanically or manually adjust the light and ventilation coming through your patio, pergola or outdoor room.

“Shutters are a robust and flexible solution for enclosing outdoor areas,” says David Fryer of Vanguard Blinds. “Bifolding or stacking shutter configurations can be stacked away when not required to achieve ultimate indooroutdoor living, while a horizontal louvre gives the best control over east-west glare.” Your choice of shutter can be determined by the style of your outdoor zone. Do you need full or partial coverage? Will sliding shutters work best for your space? Will they be affixed or require framing? Whichever style you choose they should complement your home and any existing shutters you may have to ensure design cohesion. Outdoor shutters are designed to be durable and withstand long-term exposure to the elements. With so many options on the market today, whatever your budget, you can find shutters made of wood, vinyl, aluminium, fibreglass, plastic or steel. While wood shutters are classic, they will need regular maintenance — cleaning, sealing or painting — to keep them looking

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03 The Solare Teknica roller blind range from Blinds by Peter Meyer can be used to extend your shade options by attaching them to an awning. As an additional option for light and weather protection, the Solare range provides two shade sources in one. The straight drop style matches five awning styles that allow you to personalise your shade requirements. Provides UV protection in a sleek modern design. petermeyersblinds.com.au 04 The Solarguard straight drop blinds from Vanguard offer premium weather protection against wind, rain, heat and glare. Available in a range of fabric options to suit specific design requirements. A slimline aluminium pelmet helps to protect the fabric life when not in use and the stainless steel cable guides provide added strength during windy conditions. vanguard.com.au 05 The Luxaflex® Evo STC range represents the latest in design, styling and functionality. Available in a range of fabrics made to withstand harsh Australian conditions, the Evo STC provides privacy, UV protection and insect resistance. A tension system that holds the fabric secure in the side channels, this system is ideal in light to moderate windy conditions – perfect for enclosing courtyards, patios or balconies. luxaflex.com.au

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DOUBLE DUTY Outdoor blinds can act as sun shades and privacy screens. “The most popular options tend to be vertical-drop roller blinds in sunscreen fabrics, which can come as simple strap-down, cable-guided, side-channel or zip versions,” says Simon Meyer, managing director of Blinds by Peter Meyer. Pivot-arm and retractable folding-arm awnings can also do double duty. “Pivot arms tend to be used to shade a window with a projection of about 1.5m, whereas folding-arm retractable awnings can have projections of up to 4m and are ideal for shading outdoor decks,” continues Simon. “If you already have a pergola or timber structure, you can always install a conservatory awning which mounts above the roof. This can be an excellent sun and privacy solution. Pair this option with exterior roller blinds and you have a fully screened outdoor room.” Drop down blinds are a stylish choice that can be easily retracted when not in use for the ultimate in design flexibility.


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06 Zipscreen external shade blinds allow you to seamlessly integrate your indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Using Zipscreen to enclose your alfreasco entertaining area provides protection from the elements and ensures privacy and comfort for your family and guests. With its patented zLOCK technology and bottom sealing strip, Zipscreen guards against sunlight/UV exposure, insects, wind and rain. For stockists visit zipscreen.com.au 07 A superior shutter system designed and manufactured by Vanguard. Best suited to exterior applications, the Shutterguard system is manufactured from extruded aluminium and fully welded for superior strength and durability. Available in fixed, sliding or bi-fold configurations. vanguardblinds.com.au 08 The Weatherwell Elite range of outdoor shutters from Blinds by Peter Meyer combines cutting-edge engineering with beautiful design. This powdercoated aluminium shutter is like no other, providing unprecedented durability, flexibility and strength to weather the harshest elements. The most streamline shutter on the market, its two-part frame shows no visible fixings for the ultimate clean look. petermeyerblinds.com.au 09 Luxaflex® PolySatin® Shutters bring a touch of understated elegance to any space. With a soft, matte luster, the satin finish offers a luxurious sheen that will keep your shutters looking stylish for years to come. Their special formulation helps the shutters resist the harsh, bleaching UV rays of summer and the cooler winters, keeping your outdoor room temperate all year round. Customisable to individual needs. luxaflex.com.au

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great. Vinyl shutters offer an extensive colour palette, making them easy to match to your existing structure. They are low maintenance and highly durable. Metal is another highly durable choice, with aluminium particularly popular. “Look for extruded aluminium products with a quality powdercoated finish, as these will last,

even in coastal areas and under the harsh Australian sun,” says David. Whatever your choice, adding shutters or blinds, or a combination of both, to your outdoor space not only makes your balcony or patio more useable and provides weather protection, it also adds value to your home by providing security and aesthetic appeal.

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could include introducing textiles like rugs and pillows for warmth, furniture to increase functionality, or plants to inject life. But the most important thing to remember is not to overcrowd your small space. When it comes to small spaces, size does matter. According to landscape architect Sophie Grieve from Think Outside Gardens, “It’s important not to over-complicate small spaces — the busier they are, the more crowded they will look.”

make it green The most obvious addition to any outdoor space is greenery. Just because you don’t have a lawn or somewhere to put in a garden bed doesn’t mean you have to forgo the green. Pots, planters and vertical gardens are the best solutions for incorporating plant life into your small outdoor space. “Look for planting that is not bulky down low,” says Sophie. Palms and bamboo work well to screen any problem views above and you can mix and match plants

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area. “Make it floating and you’ll add the illusion of space by providing a line of sight underneath,” she adds. Having seating up against the wall opens up the centre of the space and provides you with the option of table or no table — depending on your entertaining needs at the time. You also won’t find yourself tripping over furniture.

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DESIGN GOES WILD Small spaces are often an opportunity to go big design-wise. Get creative and take chances that you may not in other areas of your home. Choose patterns and colours that inspire you. Paint the walls a vibrant colour, lay patterned tiles or the largest outdoor rug your petite patio will accommodate, even throw down some artificial grass. Add quirky elements that express your creativity, or carry your inside style outside for greater design cohesion. The use of colour and texture can add an element of interest that detracts from the limited floor space.

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06 The Coco hanging chair is the perfect solution to limited floor space. cranmorehome.com.au 07 Coverage from the elements is always an important consideration. This roof deck by Studio Atelier incorporates plenty of cosy furniture and appropriate shading to make this space usable all day. studio-atelier.com.au 08 Use a durable outdoor rug to cover ugly flooring, infuse colour, or just add some warmth to make your small space comfortable. habitathomecollection.com.au 09 Created by Nathan Burkett, the deck space in this awkward side zone emphasises the entertaining area, separating it from the rest of the yard to give it a clear function and make the most of the space. nathanburkett.com.au 10 Mirrors not only add a decorative element to blank walls, they also bring in life and reflect the view to make small spaces look larger. miafleur.com


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in use can be easily stored. With today’s innovations in outdoor fabrics, many pillows and loungers for outdoor use are now weather-resistant, meaning they can stay outside no matter the weather.

no blank spaces Make the most of wall space for decoration and storage. Add a mirror or decorative wall art to spruce up your space. Use it for a climbing trellis or vertical garden to introduce greenery. Or, if you need more practical solutions, add hooks, baskets or hanging appliances for storage. Whether your outdoor area is just right for one or large enough for a few, it’s perfect for a little fresh air and relaxation, so make the most of it — just think small.

11 The FLISÖ parasol from IKEA is ideal for small areas in need of shade, such as balconies and terraces. The fabric offers excellent protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays with its 25+ UV rating (96 percent blockout). Heightadjustable, the FLISÖ also has a flat edge, allowing you to place it up against a wall or balcony rail to save space and provide more complete shade coverage. ikea.com.au 12 Use decorative screens and tall greenery like bamboo to provide privacy for courtyards. The added bonus is the attractive outlook from inside. outdeco.com 13 For small spaces, think outside the box and look for clever storage solutions like the Keter Store-itout Midi. Made from UV-stabilised injection-moulded polyresin, this storage solution will withstand being outside long-term. landera.com.au 14 Varied deck levels and ambient lighting help to create interest and designate usable space in this small courtyard garden by Cultivart. cultivart.com.au

LIGHT IT UP Create ambience and charm instantly with soft lighting. String outdoor lights across the ceiling or around the balcony railing for a twinkly effect. Scatter candles around on tables and railings, in plants, or on the walls for an atmospheric glow (just make sure they’re a safe distance from anything flammable). The addition of mood lighting will make even the smallest space feel well thought out and inviting.

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words karen booth hey say fences make good neighbours, but they do more than define the boundaries of your property. They ensure privacy, provide structure, keep pets from wandering off, prevent littlies from accessing pool areas … they can even help dampen street noise and block out lessthan-appealing views. If done right, they can do all of that in an attractive way that will make them a design feature. Screening can fulfil just as many functions. In its myriad forms it can be used to divide and define spaces within a garden, clad walls to give them a new lease on life, function as a purely decorative element and, like fencing, create privacy and mask unsightly vistas.

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bushfire risk area? Then there are council regulations that need to be followed, and if it’s a shared boundary you’ll need to consider your neighbour’s preferences and come to an arrangement about costs. Local councils set the laws regarding fence compliance so policies can change from one council area to the next. If you’re doing any major work to your fence that will change its height or dimensions, call your council to see what is allowed. Generally, you can replace or modify a fence with a similar design, style and height without gaining prior approval, and if a dividing fence is under 1.8m in height (or 1m in the case of front fences) usually council 01 Garden designer Scott Brown chose high fencing as a great way to create privacy and give this space a ‘room-like’ feel that increases its usability. Powdercoated aluminium wall screens do the trick to enclose this small courtyard space. 02 Laser-cut and timber-look decorative panels are combined to create a feature wall in this backyard design. Lit from behind, the panel’s cutouts allow light to shine through, gently illuminating the surrounding landscape. phillipwithers.com.au


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S CR EENIN G & F E N CI N G A CUT ABOVE People love laser-cut steel screens for many reasons, but high on the list is their versatility. Standing alone in a garden, fixed to a fence or backlit to create a night-time focal point, laser-cut panels can be found gracing all manner of gardens, from the highly contemporary to the charmingly rustic. Another bonus is being able to coordinate the screens with other decorative elements in the garden, such as complementary metal wall art, planters and sculpture. Just as you have a choice of patterns, you also have a choice of finishes. The options are plentiful and include brushed or polished stainlesssteel, powdercoated aluminium in any number of colours, Corten steel, and mild steel with an aged rust finish or a modern, coloured powdercoated finish.

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no peeking If you want a solid fence for privacy, security or to block out the noise of traffic or passers-by, brick and masonry are very effective. Both options are also fireretardant. Solid stone is another way to go, but it can be expensive and requires specialist installation. Then there is lighter-weight modular solid fencing made of concrete panels supported by steel posts and brackets. These are quicker and easier to construct and can act as a sound barrier. Solid steel-panel fencing is also good for privacy and security. If powdercoated it will need virtually no maintenance and it doesn’t burn, so is good in bushfire-risk zones, but it won’t dampen noise.

NATURAL SELECTION Bamboo panels | Best used as screening or as cladding against an existing fence or wall, bamboo panels look fabulous and are eco-friendly. You have a choice of heights, pole thicknesses and colours. Reed cladding | Natureed is a good example of reed cladding. It is used to give new life to drab garden walls and dated fences. Latte poles | Latte poles are made of a sustainably grown hardwood. They come in bundles of 10 sticks/poles and three lengths. There is slight variation in colour and pole thickness, adding to the natural charm. Brushwood | When you want a natural look and privacy is needed, brushwood (made from melaleuca) is a great option. It also has great acoustic properties and can be installed in sloping gardens.

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screen scene Screening options are legion, ranging from decorative laser-cut panels to hardwood garden screens. Laser-cut metal screening can be used as a wall-mounted decorative feature or freestanding to create privacy from the neighbours. Laser-cut screens can be made from a variety of different metals and feature finishes of various kinds. Some of the choices include powdercoated mild steel, Corten 'rusted' steel, and brushed or polished stainless steel. A durable and decorative option is a hardwood exterior garden screen panel. These can be mounted on a wall or built into a structure such as a pergola or deck. They

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03 A decorative screen of Corten steel provides a private entrance to the small outdoor room tucked into the corner of this yard, while bamboo fencing is cleverly employed as a design alternative to a standard colourbond or timber paling fence. paalgrant.com 04 This custom-designed screen from Entanglements runs up the side and across the top of this outdoor exhibition kitchen to offer a small amount of protection without closing in the space or inhibiting light. entanglements.com.au 05 A lit feature screen serves a two-fold purpose in providing protection or division as needed, while also working as a decorative feature and illumination. The Dafne illuminated screen is made of laser-cut metal and comes in a selection of colours. hgfs.com.au 06 Professionally crafted utilising hi-tech water-jet cutting, these decorative screens were custom-designed to provide privacy while enabling air flow in a style that sits harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. oceanblueliving.com.au 07 An attractive and practical solution to privacy, the Paravento Side Screen panels not only look good but retract into an elegant cassette when not needed. A flexible privacy option that complies with requirements for wind resistance and is available in a selection of allweather fabrics. petermeyerblinds.com.au 08 The Herringbone range of modular screen panels from OUTDECO provide 80 percent blockout and feature a simple repeating geometry that is contemporary and symmetrical. Made from 100 percent sustainably sourced hardwood timbers. outdeco.com 09 Coveted in outdoor spaces for its durability and strength, bamboo poles work well as fencing and screening. Available in a variety of diameters and lengths, bamboo poles are versatile and easy to install with a natural aesthetic that is very appealing. houseofbamboo.com.au 10 Natureed® is the ideal solution for unsightly fences. Used to clad existing fences or walls, Natureed® brings in a natural texture well suited to outdoor spaces and offers an appealing tropical feel. houseofbamboo.com.au 11 More than just a privacy screen, this decorative panel feature in Corten steel creates a focal point in the landscape that frames the water feature and acts as a foil to the lush green of the plantlife. urbandesignsystems.com.au

are available in various patterns and colours and are often finished in a protective timber stain to help it withstand the elements. These tend to be built-in screening solutions but for something more flexible and portable, large or stackable planters can be used to form a screen of any desired height or width and can be adjusted as needed.

living screens Plants can be used as a living screen, separating garden areas or softening the look of a solid fence. Non-invasive, clumping bamboo is a good choice for narrow spaces. If you need to get the job done quickly you can buy semi-mature bamboo plants, but if you have the time and patience, you can purchase smaller plants and in one or two growing seasons you will have a flourishing, leafy privacy screen. If you want a living screen that will produce floral flourishes, you are spoiled for choice. Check out your local nursery to find out the best options for producing a living screen that will offer you perfumed or colourful floral options. Whatever fencing or screening you select will be influenced by budget, functionality

and aesthetics. Luckily, the choices are many and the possibilities almost limitless so don’t be afraid to venture beyond the standard and make your fencing and screening a feature of your outdoor space.

TIMBER TALK Timber paling fences (hardwood or treated pine) are a traditional choice but by no means dated. For a more modern look, timber palings or slats can be run horizontally, can be slimline and, of course, timber can be stained or painted in a broad array of colours. They’re not the best at making a garden private, but that’s not always a prime consideration — and they require ongoing maintenance. For those who love the appearance of timber but not the upkeep, there are two low-maintenance options: woodlook aluminium and composite timber. Composite timber, which is manufactured from wood fibre and recycled plastic, never needs to be oiled or painted and includes UV inhibitors so the colour is long-lasting, making it popular for fencing, screening and decking. Wood-look aluminium is similarly durable and low maintenance.

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01 The Honeywell CL60PM evaporative cooler boasts a massive 60L water tank, three directional cooling vents and complete mobility. Additionally, the water cools the air but doesn’t leave the machine. honeywellaircoolers.com 02 The Tornado Portable Misting Fan has an effective distance of 8-10m, seven hours running time on one 29L tank, and the option to add ice for extra chill. climateaustralia.com.au 03 The Aurora misting system from Tecpro is more than just a cooling mechanism. A piece of furniture that can also light up outdoor spaces, the Aurora comes with a handy shelf for food and drinks and built-in LED illumination. Made in Italy with Australian conditions in mind, it is available in a range of colours. tecpro.com.au 04 The Airfusion Resort Fan in brushed aluminium comes with a six-speed remote controller, and with nine blades and an energy-efficient DC motor is sure to effectively cool any outdoor area. beaconlighting.com.au

cool without a pool Ultra-modern outdoor fans and misters are the coolest way to beat the heat in summer words daniel head hat old reliable indoor cooling option, the ceiling fan, has been modernised and toughened to suit the outdoor requirements of a harsh Australian summer. Made with a range of materials and finishes, and with both temperature and taste in mind, your new outdoor fan will be equally refreshing, sturdy and stylish.

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not to be mist Imagine a cool, fine vapour suspended ever so lightly on the hot, thick air of summer. Imagine sitting outdoors at Christmas without flies and mozzies sharing your meal. Imagine mist! There are a few ways you can fill your backyard with this cooling, floating spray. One is to fit a misting tube to an existing outdoor pedestal fan to direct the vapour with the force of the fan. Another is to fit a similar system to an

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outdoor gazebo or verandah to surround an area in mist. For a ready-made solution, you can buy portable evaporative air coolers that you can bring inside when you do, or wall or pedestal fans purpose-built with refillable water tanks that will cool your courtyard at the push of a button. Most products on the market are water-efficient, with options for DIY or professional installation.

05 The Haiku Luxe series is made with aircraftgrade anodised aluminium, has 10 settings and uses SenseME technology to turn on and off when you enter and leave an area and to adjust settings as the temperature changes. haikuhome.com/au 06 Like having a sea breeze in your garden, the Alba misting system from Tecpro offers cool comfort, stylish Italian design and quality construction, including LED illumination. Available in a selection of colours. tecpro.com.au 07 CoolMist offers low-pressure misting kits in multiple lengths, with ultra-fine mist nozzles, UVtreated tubing and leak-proof slip-lock fittings. Their fan misting kits have the same durable features, come in 600mm or 750mm lengths and attach to any fan. coolmist.com.au 08 The Haiku I series has 10 settings, costs less than $7 per year to run and, using SenseME technology, adjusts its speed according to temperature and to switch on and off when you enter or leave an area. haikuhome.com/au


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The options for outdoor fireplaces are virtually endless and they can be built into the room at the design stage of your plans. They can become the focal point of the area, with a couple of comfy lounges completing the picture. However, if you have a small outdoor area or live in a high-density building, smoke can be a concern as it can get into the home and inconvenience neighbours. For these reasons, many people don’t consider a fireplace an option. However, one of the biggest trends in outdoor heating is the ethanol-fuelled fireplace, which burns without creating harmful toxic substances. It can be used in areas that have little or no ventilation — and you’ll feel comfortable knowing you’re doing your part for the environment.

accessory-style heaters We all want our outdoor rooms to look great and feel comfortable, and it’s great to be able to inject a bit of style and personality into a room wherever possible. If you’d like to have a heater that doubles as a feature in your outdoor living space, perhaps a fire bowl, tower or chimenea will be perfect for you. Chimeneas can be made of cast iron or clay, and look great in a rustic-style outdoor setting. They can be moved around with little effort and are good for heating small areas. Fire bowls and firepits are also great for heating small areas and come in a variety of looks. Some of the most popular styles include those within cast-iron stands for a casual, country look or positioned at


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the top of a column structure for a more formal, elegant approach. Electric tower heaters are a good option for those lacking space, as they are tall rather than wide. They will need to be positioned close to the mains power supply. A gas patio heater is another popular and tall option that has the extra benefit of being movable around the outdoor entertaining area as required.

Just be sure to adhere to the clearances outlined by the manufacturers for safety.

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01 The Heatstrip portable LPG gas heater features a four-tile ceramic burner with piezo ignition and tilt safety switch. The fully concealed gas pipes and bottle contribute to its sleek design, while inbuilt wheels make portability and storage a breeze. thermofilm.com.au 02 Shaped from cast iron, the Morso Kamino outdoor fireplace can be turned depending on wind direction. With its contemporary design and sleek lines, the Kamino makes a standout feature in any garden and allows you to prolong the outdoor experience during cooler months. woodpecker.com.au 03 The moderate size (64cm) of the Eva Solo FireGlobe makes it perfect for balconies and courtyards, creating a wonderfully warm atmosphere for family and friends. Highly portable. firepitsdirect.com.au 04 With radiant heat technology, the Fiora floor stand patio heater rises to full capacity immediately after switching it on. No open flame, no gas emissions and more than 90 percent efficient, this portable product is a flexible outdoor heating option. Also available in wall-mount models. warmzone.com.au 05 Made from durable stainless steel, the DomeÂŽ terrace heater is made to withstand outdoor conditions. The base consists of a weighted container and has wheels to allow you to move it around. This attractive and stylish infrared heater can be controlled via a central control unit or a RF remote control. Available in black or white. Also available as a fixed pendant heater. heatsail.com/en

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different lengths and can be attached to the ceiling beams or walls and near umbrellas or shade sails. Radiant/infrared technology works similarly to the sun — it heats the same objects that the light touches, rather than heating just the air. There are portable models that can be moved around — but only so far as the power cord will reach.

think portability Consider how you are going to use your outdoor heater. Do you need something that is fixed and at the ready when entertaining, or would you prefer something that can be moved around to heat certain areas of your outdoor space at different times? Perhaps you have a series of rooms and want something that can be moved from room to room to warm you up no matter where you decide to be. Ethanol is a great option for portability because it doesn’t require a connection to a fuel supply (which is needed for electric and gas fires) while still being able to control how much heat is emitted. This makes ethanol fires ideal for small spaces set away from the home’s main energy supplies. Tabletop heaters are also seeing a rise in popularity. These are not only clever ways to keep an intimate space warm, they also look great and provide a romantic ambience.

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06 With classic styling and sturdy cast-iron construction, this chimenea from Schots Home Emporium will stand the test of time and work hard to keep your outdoor patio or terrace toasty warm throughout winter. schots.com.au 07 Heatray heaters convert electric energy to infrared radiant heat to better warm people not the air around them. Energy efficient, these attractive heaters reach full operating temperatures within seconds and have no emissions, no naked flames or gas bottles to contend with. celmec.com.au 08 This stylish outdoor gas fireplace delivers beautiful wide-angle flames amplified by a reflective stainless steel body. A tempered glass wind shield ensures a strong flame and the seasonal weather cover will protect the fireplace when it's not in use. Stainless steel burner, designed specifically for use outdoors. regency-fire.com.au


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words karen booth aving a pool or spa in your own backyard is part of the Australian dream. Not only do they deliver hours of fun for your family and a great setting for entertaining guests, they can also add to the design of your outdoor space, creating a spectacular feature or focal point.

is critical. This might mean pool coping that matches the trim on the house, or an interior pool colour that picks up a colour used on the home’s facade. A lap pool can incorporate a swim-out or a spa, and it can have a shallow end and a deep end, or two shallow ends with the deepest part in the middle.

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01 Cheerful striped cushions pull out the rainbow colours of the mosaic tile on this multi-tiered pool by Georgia Harper. Creating a shaded seating area by the outdoor kitchen makes this corner of the yard highly useable and has great sightlines into the pool, both from the kitchen and the deck that overlooks the space. ghld.com.au 02 Clear glass walls are becoming a contemporary design choice in today’s pool trends. This small urban splash pool blends concrete and stone elements with the warmth of timber to create a highly desirable space to beat the heat. The glass panel makes viewing from the seating area easier, creating a safe place for kids to frolic while parents watch from the sidelines. phasethree.net.au 03 A timber pergola sits snugly alongside this rectangular pool with classic retro lines and exposed aggregate deck. A freefall water feature feeds into the pool from a stone-clad retaining wall to provide a focal point that draws the eye from indoors to the edge of the outdoor space. principallandscapes.com.au 04 Unique silver mosaic tiles give this urban oasis a slick sheen of sophistication. With a house so modern in design, the outdoor space needed to reflect the same aesthetic. The entry pond, floating steppers and streamline profile of the pool all combine to mirror the architectural elements of this modern-style home. mondolandscapes.com.au

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A plunge pool can be heated just like a standard-sized pool for use in winter, or it can be designed to do double duty as a spa. Many plunge pools have a water feature integrated into their design — typically a water wall or sheer-descent water feature. In this way, when the pool is not being used, you can turn on the water feature and the pool functions as a design focal point that can be enjoyed while relaxing nearby. This is the perfect finishing touch for a modern garden.

is catered for. If you’ve had a stressful day at the office or are suffering from aches and pains, spas are renowned for being able to help with the alleviation of these problems. When used in this way, the jets, along with the bubbles created by aeration, massage the body. While all spas with jets are classified as having hydrotherapy jets (water-massage jets used in hot water), the more jets you have, the greater the massage and therapeutic benefits.

the swim spa There are portable designs that look similar to a regular portable spa with their cedar housing cabinet. Alternatively, swim spas can be installed in the ground or into a deck or patio, so no matter how small the outdoor space, you’re sure to be able to find one to fit. The versatility of swim spas lies in their application. They can be used for exercise and swimming, as well as for their therapeutic properties. Water is taken from the pool and pumped through the jet streams, producing a concentrated flow of water that’s suitable for either swimming or walking. You can set the water pressure to accommodate your needs; whether a child is learning to swim or an adult is training for a serious swim meet, everyone

05 Not wanting to forgo a water retreat due to the small size of their outdoor space, the homeowners of this property got the team at COS Design to create a landscaped spa space – next to the firepit – that allows them to cool off (or heat up) any time of year. The clear glass end makes for an interesting feature that can be seen from inside the house. apexlandscapes.com.au 06 It isn’t hard to find the ‘island influence’ of this pool situation, with an infinity edge overlooking the ocean surrounding Hamilton Island. The long linear form edges the property perfectly, while the small deck area is the ideal spot to soak up the view before diving back into the blue. mrwaller.com 07 Making the most of a small courtyard space, this blue treasure is surrounded by the neutral tones of travertine and stone and features drought-tolerant plantings for a little softness. With a cascading waterfall and festival lighting festooned overhead, this pool space is small but mighty. landscapeswa.com.au


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keep it above ground Current industry trends reflect a shift away from in-ground spas to more portable options. This is due to shrinking backyards and the number of people who only have a courtyard or courtyard space with which to work. A cosy portable spa will fit in the most compact of spaces, and you can also take it with you if you move house. And because it’s portable, if you revamp your outdoor entertaining spaces you can easily change its location too. Today’s spas are equipped with cuttingedge hydrotherapy features — some include jets designed for deep-tissue massage, reflexology, and soothing feet and neck massage. Some have movable jets that can be oriented to suit your individual needs. Many new-look spas are also outfitted with the ultimate in home entertainment systems, with optional LCD television screens, iPod cradles, DVDs and pop-up speakers. If you want to splash out and really spoil yourself, there are also spas equipped with ice buckets, theatre seating, surround sound and LED lighting.

When making your choice, look at the number of spa jets, what they are designed to do, where they are positioned, the seating arrangement, and the pump pressure. Also, look for features such as a large footwell so people can sit and stand comfortably, as well as seating of different depths, headrests and lumbar support.

water designs With our wonderfully warm climate, installing a backyard pool is the dream of many homeowners. Besides providing the perfect way to cool off in the warmer weather and an area to relax, a pool can also be the ultimate design feature for any outdoor space. It’s the perfect backdrop for a party or family gathering and provides a pleasant outlook from the rooms inside your home. If the maintenance of a pool seems like too big a job, a spa is another way of incorporating water into your outdoor area and is ideal for use all year round — particularly during the cooler months. Take some inspiration from the latest designs in pools and spas.

08 This large sprawling pool gives swimmers a few options for their aquatic leisure. From the spa to the inbuilt bench, these homeowners won’t lack for room to move in this blue oasis. The stepped structure of the pool reflects the terraced nature of the surrounding landscape to blend seamlessly with its environment and form a hidden lagoon of luxury. rollingstonelandscapes.com 09 This long linear lap pool fills the space between two buildings on this property to perfection. With an infinity edge overlooking elevated vistas, swimmers would feel like they could swim into the surrounding tree canopy. The timber deck gives the outdoor space a rustic look that blends entirely with its bushland surrounds. aquariuspools.net.au 10 Designer Mike Cass made the long narrow lot of this property work by stacking the pool at one end and having it filter through the dining and seating areas seamlessly, providing a clear line of site across the entire space from the house and making it seem open and airy despite filling the entire yard. mikecass.com.au 11 This unique billabong-style lagoon produces a native flavour that makes it feel like you’ve stepped into the bush for a quick dip – but with all the modern conveniences of a filtration system for clean water. A distinct lack of grass coupled with swampgrade timber decking sets the tone for this unique waterscape, but it is the use of rock and native plants that sets this space apart from the norm. waterscapesaustralia.com.au

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words carrol baker hese days you can dim your lights with a voice command, get your smart fridge to stock up on groceries for you, even set your home alarm from the other side of the country. We’ve become increasingly techno savvy, and life has become far more complex. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back, take a deep breath and reconnect with life’s simple pleasures. Bathing outdoors is one of those pleasures.

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ultimate in indulgence. Modern bathtubs have organic curves to emulate nature, so they sit comfortably within an outdoor landscape. Whether you prefer a claw-footed tub, a sleek round or oval bath, team it with beautiful tapwear to complete the look. Keep in mind the proximity to existing plumbing; the further away the outdoor bathroom is to the home, the more work involved in plumbing. With an outdoor bath or shower that isn’t connected to plumbing pipes, you’ll need to make sure there is adequate drainage.

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a private oasis 05 A private courtyard off the master bedroom is the ideal location for an outdoor bathroom. Add lush greenery and stone accents and you’ll truly feel like you’re at one with nature. 06 Just because you live in a jungle doesn’t mean you can’t be civilised. Blend a touch of luxury with rustic features for a unique design aesthetic that is comfortable to use but well suited to its environment. 07 With generous internal bathing room, the Sheraton freestanding tub displays sophisticated opulence and would be at home in any outdoor setting. decina.com.au 08 The Serenity Round bath is inspired by lotus flowers and stacked ceramic bowls - a bath fit to celebrate the Eastern ceremony of the art of bathing. Designed by Kelly Hoppen. apaiser.com.au 09 Choosing a tile that will provide safety in your outdoor bathroom is important. Porcelain or ceramic tiles are strong enough for outdoor areas, just be sure they come with an anti-slip surface to prevent falls in the shower. massaimports.com.au 10 The Noosa from Rainware Outdoor Showers is made of industrial stainless steel to provide longevity outdoors and features a modern slimline design that will fit smoothly into any outdoor oasis. rainware.com.au 11 Created by Rolling Stone Landscapes, this bathroom retreat sits on its own platform and is surrounded by lush landscaping to create a private oasis while uplights give it dramatic flair at night. rollingstonelandscapes.com 12 This coastal outdoor shower is a natural wonder constructed of stone in a variety of forms for that truly outdoor feel. A floating shelf and simple stool add practicality and the warmth of timber while abundant greenery softens the stone. mrwaller.com

outdoor bathroom will be exposed to the elements — sun, rain, wind, frost — and temperature extremes are all part of the package in outdoor living. Not all bathtubs and shower fittings are suitable for outdoor use. Marine-grade stainless-steel showers will withstand the elements. Standard acrylic bathtubs generally aren’t suitable for outdoor use. More robust copper, iron and steel baths, as well as composite stone baths (made from crushed stone such as limestone and resin) may be more suitable for outdoor use. Check with your manufacturer before purchase.

indoors to out A nature-inspired bathroom connects you to the outdoors. You can create an entirely separate space, complete with bath, shower and screening, or you may choose to modify an indoor bathroom to allow the outdoors in. For example, by removing

Unless your yard is completely private, you’ll need adequate screening. Living leafy screens are a fabulous way to truly connect you to nature, but plants do take time to grow. In the short term, add temporary screening and buy advanced plants to speed up the process. Plant fragrant climbers like star jasmine or climbing roses along a trellis so you can enjoy their delicate aroma while you soak away the cares of the day. Timber slatted panels or bamboo screening are natural materials that will complement an outdoor bathtub. There is also modern laser-cut metal screening in a vast array of different styles to help you create a private sanctuary. Personalise your space with signature touches you love. Add a rustic chair or modern stool to drape a thick fluffy towel over, and some scented candles for a luxurious feel. If the tub is in the garden, string some fairy lights across the screening for a romantic touch. You could also add a birdbath or feeder nearby to entice some birds into the garden. Add smooth pebbles underfoot. The tactile feel of warm pebbles is soothing, and of course it will help with drainage.

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Designing garden playspaces for the kids can be a rewarding experience with surprising results words karen booth reating gardens where children can play can be an exciting and rewarding process. “One of the most wonderful things we can do for our children is allow them to play freely in a safe and interesting environment that engages, educates and inspires them to greater heights,” says Georgina Martyn of BoldSimplicity. “Our gardens can offer the perfect place for children to play in ways that stimulate their imagination, let them learn about nature and exercise their bodies. Creating a garden for play doesn’t necessarily mean including play equipment,” she adds, “as it is often simple items like rocks, water and flowers gleaned from nature that children love to play with. It’s also about designing gardens that encourage exploration by using different surfaces, textures and levels in the landscape.”

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area only needs the beginnings of a story to spark a child’s imagination,” says Betsy-Sue Clarke of Dirtscape Dreaming. “These are all things you can create (or hint at) in your own garden. The trick is to locate these 'magical creations' at the end of, or along, secret paths that wind through the ‘forest’ of your backyard garden beds rather than plonking them in the middle of the lawn. “If the garden is large enough, consider creating different garden rooms and alternate elements to respect a child’s need for space and offer them a range of play options,” adds Georgina. “Different areas could be defined by edible hedges such as bay, feijoa or rosemary, behind which children can hide. Or you might want to use timber or bamboo screens to create interesting divides between areas and allow children to safely run their fingers over them for a tactile experience.”

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back to nature “Whether through play and self-discovery or guided by adults to see what is there, bringing children into the garden helps them to discover the natural world,” says Karen Sutherland, founder of Edible Eden Design. “Go a step further and share with them the fun of eating fruit and vegetables they have helped to grow in their own backyard and harvesting eggs from their own chickens, and you are sowing the seeds of sustainability — as well as resurrecting an age-old tradition.”

encourage curiosity Children have a natural sense of curiosity and love to make discoveries, so give them paths to follow, suggests Karen. “Give them fruit to forage for and interesting leaves to smell and touch. When planning a playspace, include winding or circular paths with hidden areas to encourage game playing or quiet reflection. An interesting path may lure even the most disinterested child into the garden to discover what else it has to offer.”

07 down retaining walls or from one raised garden bed to another. “Many children love to pretend they are on a balance beam while walking along a retaining wall that is wide enough to support them, but not too high to be dangerous. Retaining wall heights of up to 500mm high and 300mm wide are suitable. Such walls can also be used as sitting ledges or workbenches where children can play, write, draw or sculpt,” she adds.

active play Play equipment can be a great idea if you locate it in an area of the garden where it won’t dominate but the children can still be observed. “Trampolines are really just spying platforms with bounce, so locate them off the lawn. If the trampoline is located deep in the garden bed it can be planted out without changing the entire design of the garden when the kids fall out of love with bouncing. Make sure you surround the trampoline with a good area of softfall mulch, or buy one with a safety net,” says Betsy-Sue.

ups and downs While a level lawn is good for ball games, Georgina suggests introducing level changes so children can jump from one area to another, over timber steps, up and

EXPERT TIP “It’s exciting for children to learn about nature and how plants grow,” says Georgina Martyn of BoldSimplicity. “Incorporating a herb or vegetable garden can entice children into the outdoors, engendering a sense of responsibility and ownership if they take part in planting seeds and seedlings into a family vegetable plot or their own raised garden bed.”

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01 An elevated play structure not only provides play challenges, but also gives you extra room for additional equipment, like a sandpit or cubby house underneath. Timber makes for a natural material that helps your play equipment blend into an outdoor space. Image courtesy of the Tree & Shrub Growers. 02 The Lotus Lily seat from Art Dinouveau works as both garden art and fun climbing structure and seat for kids. The brightly rendered nature-inspired play sculptures are crafted from durable heavy-duty fibreglass for longevity. artdinouveau.com 03 The humble swing never gets old. This weatherproof fabric swing includes support cushions, seatbelt and hanging kit. Suitable for children from six months to around eight years. swingz.com.au 04 Made from quality cotton canvas and smooth-finish timber poles, the Teepee tent is strong and durable to withstand years of fun for little adventurers. Adult assembly required. templeandwebster.com.au 05 This large-scale backyard hosts a playspace of epic proportions for its pint-sized owners. With a full-scale cubby house with wrap-around porch, a slide for a quick exit and soft sand surface to protect against falls, this backyard playground is a child’s dream come true. Designed by LARC Collective and created by Yurra. larccollective.com 06 The four-piece Plum Meerkat swing set features swings, slides, climbing ladder and rope, everything a kid needs to stay entertained for hours. Made from treated pine timber. templeandwebster.com.au 07 Placing the trampoline at ground level reduces the risk of fall injuries for its little users in this small courtyard space. Tucked into a corner, the play area makes the most of the space and can be turned into a great firepit when the kids are over bouncing. phillipwithers.com 08 Adding child-sized furniture to your outdoor space encourages children to play outdoors by giving them something they can claim as their own — and makes it easier for them to use. harveynorman.com.au OUTDOOR PRODUCT GUIDE

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K I D -F RI EN DLY S PAC E S HOUSE STYLE A playhouse might be a timber cubby designed to look like a cottage, something inspired by a princess castle or a pirate ship, or a custom-built structure of sleek lines and modern style. Whatever its design, it is a place for private play — and it’s a protected space where the kids can congregate even on rainy days. Whether you buy off-the-shelf or make it yourself, siting is key if you don’t want it to become a garden focal point. Putting it in a corner of the garden, ideally where it can be surrounded by foliage, is ideal. Trees and shrubs help to settle the structure into the garden and add to the fairy-tale ambience. An alternative to a built cubby is a kids’ tent, which can be packed away at the end of the day. There are many styles now available, ranging from tee pee designs to colourful circus-style tents.

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Build some games into the garden, such as a hopscotch area in the paving or a checkerboard on a log Mount a blackboard on a wall. Once the kids have outgrown it, you can replace it with a vertical garden Build a sandpit into a deck. Give it a lift-up lid so when not in use it sits flush and can be walked on Bike paths are much more intriguing to children if they wind through the garden, part and then loop back together Place a sandpit to the side of the yard. The space can be converted into a garden bed at a later stage Create play zones for the kids — side passages are a great area to turn into a scooter track

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All kids love to swim and splash about, but if your yard doesn’t have the space to include a pool, another way to include water is with a natural feature such as a stream, creek or pond. Children always need to be supervised around bodies of water, even shallow ones, but playing in the water, pretend fishing, scooping up water to use in making mud pies, these are all things that can bring hours of delight.

engage the eye “Sculpture is a great way to get kids interested in the garden. Hang coloured plastic discs or rounded glass balls from trees, at a height where they are out of reach but can reflect colour and light throughout the garden. This creates a dynamic environment and it works year-round to add colour to the garden,” says Georgia Harper of Georgia Harper Landscape Design.

pleasure of plants You can add a lot of interest in the garden using a variety of plants, especially those with soft textures that encourage children to touch. “Plants like lamb's ear, woolly bush and some of the softer lomandras are tough but soft, and the trigger plant is always fun

11 for kids as they can 'trigger' the flowers to snap shut. Colour is also important and reds, oranges and yellows seem to 'pop' more for children,” says Georgia. “Many plants have delicious scents that kids love,” adds Karen. “You might try peppermint-scented pelargonium, which is a fast-growing groundcover, or pineapple sage, a perennial plant whose bright red flowers and leaves smell like pineapple when crushed — and they can be added to summer drinks. With some forethought, you can create a space that will nourish your child’s mind, body and imagination.”

09 Cubby houses give children a sense of security and a place sized just right for them. Cubby houses also ignite kids’ imaginations and encourage play. tarmakkids.com.au 10 Inspire your little ones to head off on an adventure in the safety of their own home. The Londonderry 4m canvas bell tent is waterproof, fire-retardant, UV- and mouldresistant. Perfect for sleepovers, the tent comfortably sleeps up to four adults. theseeksociety.com 11 This clever backyard space incorporates a brightly patterned wall with a chalkboard that naturally draws children in, offering them a way to be creative that can also be painted over when they outgrow it. designitlandscapes.com.au


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p e t p a ra d i s e Consider your pet when you design your outdoor space and you’ll find the key to comfortable coexistence between man and beast words nicole mulloy et owners who love their gardens can find it difficult to strike a balance between a manicured greenspace and an area that allows pets to roam freely and comfortably. Dogs, in particular, can be a challenge to a well-maintained yard. However, with a few key considerations, creating a pet-friendly space will provide your pet with a play area that won’t take its toll on your landscape.

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landscape and you’ll have no problem blending your pet’s needs with your outdoor style. Just be sure your fence is escapeproof — meaning it can’t be dug under, jumped over or run through. An alternative for cats is a fully enclosed cat run; a safe option that protects your cat and other native animals in the area while still providing plenty of outdoor roaming. Usually made with open mesh, a cat run can make a great trellis for climbing plants. Having plants enclose part of the run will provide shade and protection from the elements, as well as a method to blend the structure into your landscape. Other animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens will also benefit from structures that will provide them with shelter and protection, both from the

elements and other animals. With so many designs on the market, choosing a pet habitat that will complement your garden design is easier than ever — no need to sacrifice style!

free flow Water is essential not only for the garden, but also for your pets. Adding a water feature that your dog or cat can access freely creates a focal element in your landscape and also offers a drinking source that ensures your pets never go thirsty. If it’s big enough for them to splash in, it has the added bonus of preventing heat exhaustion during the hot summer months. Adding water to your backyard can be achieved through a small pond or pool, a splash fountain, even a stream. Whatever


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cover it up Essential for all animals is shade and protection from the weather. While trees can provide shade, they are not always enough to provide protection from rain and wind. Ensure your pet has access to cover, whether it be a dog house, a special space on the patio that is just for them — something that makes them feel secure — or cover under a shade sail. Hutches and other caged enclosures should also include a partial cover that can provide weather protection.

keep it toxic-free There is a range of fairly common plants that are

dangerous to pets. Dogs, for instance, will become ill if they ingest azaleas or chrysanthemums, while something as simple as a daffodil can make a cat vomit if ingested. As most animals love to chew plants, always check with your vet or local nursery when adding plants to your landscape that they are animal-friendly. You might also want to consider what pesticides or chemicals you use in your garden — dogs and cats are very attracted to snail pellets for instance.

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space to play Not unlike children, pets, in particular dogs, love to explore. Having a designated playspace for your dog will not only offer some protection for your garden beds, it will also wear out your pooch. A tired dog is a happy dog — and not one that will go looking for trouble due to boredom! Provide a space for dogs to run, and include some obstacles and challenges that will encourage them to play by themselves when you’re not around. Leaving toys in their space also encourages them to play and not to dig. As dogs love to ‘patrol’, pathways they can circle over and over are a good idea. The added benefit here is that if you have kids, chances are they’ll like the same obstacles, tunnels and pathways to play on. Cats 07 also like

01 Creating outdoor spaces with your pets in mind leads to greater harmony and healthier pets – like this puppy paradise by Outhouse Design who created paw-friendly surfaces and non-toxic plants to keep the pooches pleased. outhousedesign.com.au 02 Keep your cats happy outdoors with this walk-in cat run from Omlet. Made from strong steel mesh, it will keep your cat safe and still provide plenty of room to run around. omlet.com.au 03, 04 & 05 Remember to put plenty of toys in your outdoor space that will encourage your pets to play. Not only will it help to tire them out, it should also discourage unwanted digging in your garden. Even chickens need a place to play! Chicken Swing omlet.com.au Felt Dog Toys lavishtails.com.au 06 Treat your pooch like a prince with this deluxe dog kennel with its very own patio. Featuring an asphalt felt roof, your pup will be well insulated from heat in the summer and rain in the winter. Made of TUV-approved eco-friendly materials. templeandwebster.com.au 07 The Cat Cave Bed is made from 100 percent mountain sheep wool, felted in a range of colours. A cosy place to hide, cats will love having their own space to retreat to when they get sick of the humans in their lives. en.dawanda.com

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stimulation. Having scratching posts, climbing structures and other play options will keep them entertained and more inclined to stay in the yard — and less inclined to chase birds. For ground dwellers like rabbits, be sure to place hutches on the grass where they can get their fill of the green stuff and enjoy the feel of nature beneath their feet for at least part of the day.

material choice Your landscape material choices are best made with both human and pet comfort in mind. Choosing materials that don’t get too hot and won’t snag feet or fur are ideal. Easyto-walk-on surfaces encourage movement around the yard and make it easier to keep pets out of the garden beds. Paw-friendly materials such as concrete, brick, pebbles and flagstone are all good choices. Mulch works too, though not all mulches are good for pets so check before laying it down. While grass is always a solid choice, lawns can take a beating from pets. Synthetic grass

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is becoming a popular option; it doesn’t retain heat and has the added benefit of being soft under paw and foot.

dig it Dogs and cats love to dig, so give them somewhere to dig that is not in your patio pot plants or prize roses. Create a digging zone in your backyard — not unlike a sandpit for kids — and train them to dig only there. Dogs also like to bury things and then dig them up again, so create a space with sand or mulch to accommodate this.

at rest Pet furniture might seem a little over the top, but even the most relaxed cats and dogs look for somewhere other than the ground to rest. Dogs like a soft bed and cats like to be up high, so placing furniture that’s just for them on your patio or in the backyard means they retreat to their own place rather than climbing on your outdoor furniture — where they are likely to slobber, shed or shred. Choose a pet bed,

platform or dog house that matches your decor and their space instantly blends with your outdoor design. Whatever your choices, creating a petfriendly outdoor space that addresses your pet’s needs will work best for the whole family and keep everyone happy and harmonious in your shared space. 08 The Eglu Cube Mark 2 Chicken Coop features a 2m run, all-weather cover and droppings tray. The latest innovation from Omlet, the Eglu Cube has wheels for ease of movement and is made of plastic for easy cleaning. omlet.com.au 09 Sandy soil encourages digging. Train dogs and cats to use this area by burying treats in the sand they'll be eager to unearth, keeping them happily occupied and away from the garden beds. 10 Be sure to give your pets something to climb on to view the world from an elevated position. This will help them to feel safe and keep them engaged with their surroundings and less likely to wander off. 11 Place your pet’s bed in a secure area to give them somewhere to retreat to where they feel safe. The Cloud7 Dog Bed from Lavish Tails features a latex-flake filling and organic cotton cover that is removable and machine washable. lavishtails.com.au


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add-on space structures such as pergolas, patios and garden studios offer additional outdoor space that adds value to your home and broadens your lifestyle options words carrol baker lfresco entertaining has never been easier thanks to the diverse range of designer outdoor structures you can build in your own backyard. Whether it’s a simply furnished pergola with a beam-entwined wisteria providing dappled, overhead shade, a thatched Bali-style hut, a gazebo by the swimming pool, or an elaborate outdoor room with a state-of-the-art kitchen and flat-screen television, the possibilities are endless.

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As well as functionality, proximity and proportion need to be factored into the equation. “If you regularly entertain 20 people, you need a big enough space to accommodate that. On the flipside, building a 130m² deck if you only entertain a handful of people exceeds what you need,” says Chris.

build to last Regardless of what you have in mind, the foundation of any well-planned outdoor structure is solid construction. Rob CottonStapleton from RCS Construction Group says bring in the experts and you’ll not only get a professionally finished product, but advice that helps you create your vision. “Experts can suggest ways to give you the finish and look you want and, at the same time, offer design solutions that will avoid the ‘add-on’ look if you are building a pergola or outdoor room that is attached to the house,” he says. Before you begin your project, you’ll need to contact your local council to find out if council approval is required and if there are any restrictions on what you can build.

integrated design With contemporary design trends embracing seamless indoor-outdoor living, creating a sense of unity and an easy flow from inside to out is important. “One way to ensure a unified look is to replicate the materials and colours of the house in your outdoor structure. You might have timber flooring indoors and choose to complement this with hardwood decking, or you might

WHAT IS A PERGOLA? A pergola is an open-sided structure consisting of support columns and a flat roof, usually of beam construction, that can be left open to allow for dappled shade or fully closed to create shelter from the elements. Pergolas can be constructed as stand-alone fixtures or attached to a house.

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have warm, neutral tones indoors to which you match your outside colours,” says Rob. Another way to unify the space is to open it up. “Large bifold doors leading out to your entertaining area from the house really enhance outdoor living a lot,” adds Rob. “It opens up and links the areas, giving you natural ventilation and light.” In the design stages, you also need

EXPERT TIP Before you start building or renovating your outdoor room, consider your lighting options so you can include them in the design stage. As well as wall and ceiling lighting, consider installing flush-mounted lights in the decking, around step edges and any paths that lead to the outdoor room. This not only looks great, but allows guests to safely use the outdoor room. You can also use lighting to highlight features, such as garden art or border planting that can be seen from the outdoor room.

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the sky’s the limit So what is on your wish list? A sundrenched patio to soak up some spring sunshine, or a pretty pergola nestled in the garden surrounded by fragrant flowers? You might want a deck positioned to capture sweeping mountain or ocean views, one that extends your living space, or a timber boardwalk that takes you on a journey through the garden to a gazebo. If you have a pool, you might want a modern pool cabana with comfortable daybeds and a changing area. Or perhaps you’ve been dreaming of a complete outdoor retreat with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, dining area, fireplace

and television — maybe even a bar. It’s all achievable, provided, of course, you have the space, budget and council approval to build your dream outdoor room.

02 The Pavilion™ Allure from Stratco provides the ultimate in sunlight control with an innovative opening roof. The Allure features remote-controlled opening louvres and is brilliant for rain, shade and ventilation control anytime of the year to extend your outdoor living season. stratco.com.au 03 A pergola doesn’t have to be built on a grand scale, sometimes it can be built just for one. This idyllic cottage garden includes a rustic pergola perfect for a quiet section of the garden that is made for retreat. bhgardens.com.au 04 The Kameroo outdoor room is 15sqm of additional entertaining space to get together with friends, or a quiet place to retreat to (or send the kids to) at any time of year. inoutside.com.au 05 Stratco’s Pavilion™ Grande features large columns and bulkheads, with a distincitive edge gutter, in response to emerging trends for more substantial-looking backyard structures. Insulated composite roofing enhances the thermal comfort of the Grande. stratco.com.au


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backyard gems Garden offices and studios can add significant value, provide additional accommodation and offer a much-needed retreat for work or play words danielle townsend magine heading out to the backyard and retreating to your garden studio — a peaceful home office, hobby room or man cave away from the rest of the house and family. When guests stay, rather than having them squeeze into an already crowded house, they could enjoy their own private accommodation in your garden.

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“The possibilities for your backyard room are endless,” says Tony Atkinson, director of Inoutside. “With space to escape from everyday stress, fully functioning, highly efficient work or lifestyle studios offer a secure, warm winter haven or a cool summer retreat. I like to call them office studios, as they are not restricted to one area alone. They can be used for a range of uses: home office, teenage retreats and craft/art studios.” Tony has seen the popularity of studios rise for various reasons. “I think the main reason for the increased need for these structures is that people want and need more space as their family grows,” he says. “Our products are a practical and economically viable alternative for anyone who needs extra living space.”

Constructing a garden studio offers a practical and attractive solution to the everincreasing issue of lack of space, privacy or independence many Australian households are experiencing. Joseph Cade, director of Garden Studios, understands garden studios can be built for purposes that range from offices and gyms to family entertainment rooms, even a man cave or billiard room. "Garden Studios has a system of assembly to reduce build times and make studios that are affordable," says Joseph.

06 Extend a patio off your outdoor room and you’ve got plenty of space to entertain. Choose materials and a colour scheme that complement the landscape and you’ve got yourself a subtle entertaining retreat. inoutside.com.au

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Like a pergola, a gazebo is an open-sided structure with a basic construction of support columns and a roof. However, gazebos feature a closed roof that is pitched and traditionally round in shape, with a raised floor and railings around the outside. Gazebos are standalone structures.

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WHAT IS A PATIO? Patios are paved or concrete outdoor areas adjoining a house. Sometimes referred to as a terrace, courtyard or verandah, patios are roofless spaces used for outdoor entertaining. If protection from the elements is desired, a patio can be covered by awnings or other shade structures such as a pergola.

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cabana bliss A cabana is another option for an outdoor room. As swimming pools are often a focal point of outdoor spaces, creating a cabana can enhance the functionality of your outdoor space and increase your enjoyment of the pool area. Making the location and design of the pool and the adjacent covered areas key considerations is important, according to TV personality and landscaper Jason Hodges. “Adding a cabana to your backyard

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not only offers guests an inviting space to relax, freshen up and dine, but it also makes hosting duties a cinch,” says Jason. “Consider a cabana with a bathroom and dressing room. That way guests won’t traipse water through the house after a swim. “It’s important to carefully consider cabana openings," he adds. "Installing concertina doors on one whole side of a cabana will double the available entertaining space for parties and open the room to the paved pool area. Using the same pavers in both the pool and cabana area will not only ensure a slip-resistant surface, but it also creates the perfect indoor-outdoor flow."

07 Custom designed to individual client needs, this Stratco pergola features inset skylights that bring in natural light during the day while still providing the coverage needed from the elements and to keep things cool. stratco.com.au 08 The curved, lightweight roof of this pergola design produces a high ceiling that results in a cool, open-air space with good ventilation. pioneershade.com.au 09 The steel-framed custom pavilion built in this backyard added an extra entertaining zone for the homeowners, as well as a place to display their bike collection. Built by Winstanley Landscapes. Designed by Gardens by Design. gardensbydesign.com.au 10 A custom-designed pergola will give your backyard a unique feature that will encourage people to gather and make a statement in your landscape that’s hard to ignore. entanglements.com.au 11 An inverted butterfly roof graces the top of this unusual pergola, creating a feature of the entertaining space and drawing attention to the outdoor dining amenities. bnslandscapes.com.au 12 The Palo Alto lighted pergola from Koda Lighting features 4x LED strips to create a well-lit entertaining space with a difference. Designed by Josep Lluís Xuclà, the Palo Alto is available in two contemporary colours. kodalighting.com.au


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a l f re s c o fe a s t Elaborate outdoor kitchens are a growing trend, turning outside dining into a gastronomic delight words carrol baker hether you want all the bells and whistles or something a little more ‘raw’, today’s outdoor kitchen options are the perfect way to entertain while enjoying the fresh air. The rise of the outdoor kitchen as a must-have in entertaining spaces is revolutionising the way we live, becoming a means through which homeowners can maximise outdoor space for dining and entertaining. And these days, you can cook virtually anything your imagination can dish up. Using a diverse range of components like pizza ovens, side burners, barbecue hoods and hotplates, it becomes easy to

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sauté, sizzle, grill, bake, roast or fry. According to Matt Leacy, landscape expert and co-founder of Landart Landscapes, “The outdoor kitchen in particular is a feature that is increasingly becoming an expectation rather than a

01 For those that want it all, this outdoor room incorporates a full-scale kitchen complete with running water, built-in grill and pizza oven, together with integrated benchtop for dining, and is within easy reach of the lounge area and outdoor fire – you’ll never need to go inside! rollingstonelandscapes.com.au 02 In a subtle move, this landscape incorporates a pizza oven into the retaining wall to provide the homeowners an alternative space to eat and entertain. djlandscapes.com.au


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Even if under cover, your outdoor kitchen will be exposed to the elements, so always choose durable materials. Modern countertops are constructed from a variety of products — natural stone is a popular option as it doesn’t retain heat, is durable and looks fantastic. Stainless steel is another stylish long-lasting option, and timber cabinetry is hardwearing with an ageless appeal.

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06 want for homebuyers and homeowners alike. People are starting to say ‘yeah, yeah we expect that for sure’ whereas in the past they probably would have been happy with a more makeshift barbecue set-up. “You can do much more with food outside than simply cooking on a barbecue,” adds Matt. “An outdoor kitchen can have cupboards, a fridge, sink and more — or it could be as simple as some cupboard space and a barbecue with a nice servery. If you wanted to do a bit more, you could look at installing a breakfast bar with some stools around it to make it more social and to create a casual space for breakfast, a cup of tea or reading the paper. Add to that a more formal dining area with seating and lounge space and

you have the makings of the perfect outdoor living and entertaining space. “It depends on the size and layout of your outdoor area. If you’ve got a small courtyard, then you might consider an outdoor kitchen and bench top with stools for dining so you don’t have to clog up the space with a dining table as well as a servery. If you have a bigger space, you could have a full-blown kitchen with a sink, fridge, wok burner, dishwasher and cupboard space,” says Matt.

choose your cooking style A simple outdoor kitchen arrangement can include a basic barbecue with a flat plate and grill, but most modern barbecues have so many features you’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one. There are wok burners to

03 The Scandia Heat & Cook is as diverse as it is functional. Featuring cast-iron doors and an extra-large cooktop, the Heat & Cook is a baker’s oven, pizza oven and wok burner in one with a robust high-performance wood fire and water heater. scandistoves.com.au 04 Created by DJ Landscapes, this integrated outdoor kitchen features built-in ventilation and task lighting for that professional touch that takes this entertainer’s dream to the next level while keeping the environment smoke-free. djlandscapes.com.au 05 A first for the barbecue market, the Heatlie Island Gourmet Elite 850 is designed to be dropped into a benchtop made from any material. It has been specially designed to be installed with minimal fuss, is easy to clean and comes fully assembled for simple installation. heatlie.com.au 06 Growing in popularity, the outdoor pizza oven is becoming commonplace in the Australian backyard. This native design by PTA Landscapes tucks a fullsized pizza oven up the back of the yard to keep the heat out of the house. ptalandscapes.com.au

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Planning an outdoor kitchen? Heatlie owner Andrea Mead has the following tips: Check with your local council as to whether approval is required. Choose a position that optimises views and gives privacy. Protect your appliances with a roof or shade sail. Choose a barbecue that suits your benchtops. Heatlie’s Island Gourmet Elite can be installed into any type.

Decide on LPG or Natural Gas before you designthe kitchen. Choose a barbecue that’s Australian-made with a long-term warranty.


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RESEARCH IT 07 sizzle a stir-fry, teppanyaki bars, Japanesestyle robatas, rotisseries to bake meats to perfection — and that’s just the beginning. Think about how you entertain. If you want the works, you can buy a complete modular outdoor kitchen and add a woodfired oven, dual sinks, counter tops, utensil and storage cupboards, bar fridges, even an outdoor dishwasher.

making plans Your outdoor cooker will serve you best if it’s positioned in the right spot. Andrea Mead from Heatlie suggests designing your outdoor area to maximise space around the barbecue and guarantee ease of movement around high-traffic areas. “It’s also a good idea to have whatever you need at your fingertips,” she says. “It’s easy to entertain without having to wander back inside, so plan your space before you step into the showroom to buy.” Outdoor kitchens will usually comprise several zones: an area to prepare, to cook and serve, and to clean up afterwards.

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These zones or components of the kitchen can be built in different layouts, island kitchens, curved or U-shaped, L-shaped, freeform, and custom-designed. Stand-alone island kitchens allow freeflowing movement around the cooking areas and are perfect for balconies or smaller spaces. L-shaped kitchens can fit narrower spaces and along walls, and U-shaped kitchens tend to be bigger and often have bar stool seating.

freestanding or inbuilt Trolley-style portable barbecues usually come equipped with a hood and a range of extras. They offer versatility, allowing you to easily rearrange your entertaining space for a fresh look, or move the cooker as the seasons change. Inbuilt models, which are recessed into or fitted on benchtops, are becoming more prevalent as part of a complete outdoor kitchen. Custom-designed benches in natural stone, stainless-steel, tile or warm timber give the space a sleek, modern look.

Look at showrooms and browse through magazines to get an idea of the style you like and the elements you want to have. Make a wish list of everything you’d ideally like, then work out what you can afford and what can fit in the allocated space. Once you know what you’ve got to work with in terms of finances, take some measurements of the available space in your backyard so you’ve got all the information on hand when you move forward with your plan.

07 Your outdoor kitchen doesn’t have to be huge. Add a grill plate to this firepit and you’ve got yourself an instant kitchen that will give you the ‘charred’ flavour of an authentic outdoor cook. firepitsdirect.com.au 08 Brand new to Cookout BBQ's, the Infinity BBQ is the world’s first side burner barbecue. This grill offers efficient Australian-engineered side burners for even cooking and a removable grill and disposable fat tray. With no gas burners to clean, this appliance is extremely low maintenance; simply lift out the fat tray and throw it away. southerstainless.com.au 09 Regardless of the size of your outside space, putting in a fixed outdoor kitchen can be achieved with a little ingenuity. Making the most of the wall that holds up the deck, this kitchen stays close to the action without taking up valuable real estate on the deck. desiredeffect.net.au


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Most barbecues are fuelled by liquid propane (LP) gas (supplied in cylinders) or natural gas. The latter will save you from running out halfway through cooking, but it needs to be plumbed in. The interaction of smoke, wood and heat when using a wood-fired cooker gives your food a delicious flavour. You need a wood supply and somewhere to store it. Charcoal and charcoal briquettes are popular options. Always choose quality products and check where the charcoal is sourced from if possible — some may be imported from dubious sources. Electric barbecues take up minimal room, but you will need a power supply.

drinks while you cook, or when they’re seated at the outdoor table enjoying their freshly cooked fare, a well-lit landscape adds to the ambience and provides a pleasing outlook.

safety and placement Proximity to the home and other entertaining spaces will give your kitchen a sense of connectedness. But due care should be taken when deciding on placement. Andrea recommends investigating

local council regulations regarding their definition of an outdoor space. “The outdoor space needs to be open to a certain degree, otherwise it constitutes an indoor kitchen and different rules will apply,” she says. Ideally your kitchen would be best under some cover on a deck or outdoor area, with a pergola to protect it. It’s a good idea to have a roof over the outdoor kitchen if at all possible as you’ll get more use from it throughout the year. A cover overhead is also a good idea if you plan on incorporating appliances or elements that should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Of course, proximity to gas and plumbing outlets is also important. The further away you are, the more it will cost to have the necessary modifications made. Practical aspects aside, placement of your kitchen where you can appreciate the vista of your garden or other attractive elements is also worth mentioning. After all, you can’t leave the poor chef staring at a brick wall while he or she whips up dinner!

10 The stainless steel benchtop of this outdoor kitchen is a modern and durable surface for preparation that is easy to clean, and its proximity to the indoor servery window makes it a convenient space to cook without having to traipse in and out of the house. landscapeswa.com.au 11 The versatility of the Heatlie Island Gourmet Elite lies in its ability for you to add additional elements like the Gourmet cabinet, which has the necessary ventilation requirements specified by Australian Standards, and optional hood. Available in LPG and Natural Gas. heatlie.com.au

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As for wood-fired ovens, these can be either inbuilt or portable. Some models have wheels so you can move them around as needed.

light it up There’s nothing more frustrating for a backyard chef than to not be able to see what they’re cooking. If you want a perfectly sizzled steak, the right lighting is critical. “Task lighting helps you to cook your meal and then mood lighting creates a softer relaxing atmosphere afterwards,” says Andrea. Dimmer switches are also a good idea so you can adjust them as the mood takes you. Planning an outdoor kitchen is also a good time to consider if your garden lighting could do with an upgrade. When guests are gathering around, sipping

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patio panache Make the most of your outdoor zone and create comfortable spaces for entertaining with the right selection of alfresco furniture and rugs words sunny de bruyn ndoor-outdoor living continues to be a popular concept and in recent years it has become about more than just a table and chairs in the garden. Now it’s about creating a beautiful space outside that is just as attractive and well coordinated as the inside of your house. Outdoor spaces are seen as an extension of the home — hence the phrase “outdoor room”. This means that decor and design are just as important outdoors, and the

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current crop of furniture reflects this. Even the smallest of spaces can become an outdoor oasis with some thoughtfully chosen pieces that match the size and style of the space available.

under the sun Gone are the days of faded wooden settings and peeling cane chairs. Products on the market now are sleek and sophisticated, up to the minute in their design and technically superior. Made from durable, weather-resistant materials, today’s outdoor furniture has been designed to stand the test of time and resist rot, rust, fading or falling apart. With outdoor furniture in such demand, there’s a plethora of fabulous cuttingedge designs on the market from local manufacturers and overseas suppliers in exciting and innovative materials that include condensed plastics, concrete and metals. Not surprisingly, wood is still a strong favourite, though it has a

contemporary and high-tech twist these days with fantastic curves and beautiful architectural lines. Woven fibres (especially synthetic ones) are popular due to advances in technology that have made them super strong, incredibly durable and able to withstand harsh weather conditions such as salt, wind, sun and rain.

before you buy Shop around to get a feel for the different types and sizes of settings, as well as the variety of materials available. You may be surprised at just how much choice there is out there. Garden centres, hardware

01 The TEKA outdoor table is a contemporary take on Teak. With a slatted top available in three different finishes, this dynamic piece will enliven your dining experience. contempocollection.com.au 02 Hair-pin legs and a tapered waist produce the slinky silhouette of the Parisi table. High-pressure laminate top with powdercoated stainless steel frame. spacefurniture.com.au


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03 This stunning contemporary outdoor wicker hanging daybed features a high back and curvy shape for the ultimate in comfort – and makes quite the statement! ansanoutdoor.com.au 04 The Minerva rocking chair boasts a confident European design with deceptively simple lines and muted colours. Iron frame and wide canvas strapping. satara.com.au 05 Designed for outdoors with the sophistication of an indoor dining chair, the Jeanette chair is a powdercoated steel wire form seemingly suspended in the air to provide a breezy experience. spo1design.com 06 Part of a modular range, the KUNGSHOLMENT outdoor sofa is made of rustproof aluminium and weather-resistant plastic rattan, so it’s maintenancefree. ikea.com.au 07 Designed by Kira & Kira, The Foundation dining table pairs solid timber alongside polished concrete to form a piece of sturdy sophistication. kiraandkira.com.au

megastores, outdoor furniture specialists, barbecue retailers and home display centres all have settings on display as they would appear in your yard, so these places are an excellent way to get ideas about what would work in your outdoor space. One of the most important factors influencing your purchasing decisions is whether the material you like is suitable for both your climate and lifestyle. For example, some materials fare better in coastal conditions than others. Similarly, think about how you will use the outdoor furniture to determine what you need — would an L-shaped lounge be better suited than an eight-seater dining setting? It depends largely on how you entertain.

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test your metal Metal outdoor furniture is perhaps the easiest of options. It is easy to care for, strong and highly durable. In addition, unlike timber, aluminium and other metal garden furniture does not need to be treated or covered. It requires very little maintenance and is simple to keep clean with a damp cloth. Electro-polished stainless steel or aluminium looks super sleek, especially when teamed with a timber or glass tabletop. However, if you live by the ocean, salt can cause the metal to lose its lustre and even rust. Speak to the manufacturer or

retailer about its suitability if you’re not sure. Wrought iron is an old favourite and looks simple, delicate and stylish in any yard, whether you have a formal English rose garden or a native Australian one. A Parisian-style cafe table nestled into a quiet nook in the garden is lovely, and these settings are ideal for small spaces such as balconies.

talking timber There’s a lot more to outdoor furniture than just pine. Teak and kwila are two of the most suitable timbers for outdoor

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Large spaces | If you have a large open space with lots of room to move, you have more options. That said, big areas can sometimes look cold, sparse and unwelcoming, so setting up zones within that space can help produce an inviting atmosphere. You might like to create dining and lounge areas and then warm them up with soft furnishings. Small spaces | On the other hand, if you are a little short on space, furniture that can be extended or folded and tucked away can be a saviour. Also look at furniture with double uses, such as bench seating that doubles as storage. Tall tables and bar stools are space-smart options for small courtyards, and foldable dining settings can be easily stored away when not in use to maximise your space.

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08 furniture, but recycled teak is also good as many teak pieces come from old-wood forests. Teak is highly durable and weathers well. Kwila is one of the world’s most durable timbers. Its strength, density and abundance of natural oils make it ideal for outdoor use. The wood is dried in special kilns to ensure there is minimal shrinkage or movement during or after production. When choosing a timber setting, ask whether the hardware fittings are made from brass or stainless steel so the joints stay rust-free. To keep wooden garden furniture looking its best you’ll need to treat each piece regularly with a wood preserver. Staining or oiling it maintains the moisture in the timber and ensures it doesn’t crack or split. Storing it undercover so that it’s not permanently exposed to the elements will help to lengthen its life.

woven wonders Rattan furniture is the modern-day version of the cane furniture that was popular a few decades ago. Materials (synthetic rattan-look materials) are now more solid and hard-wearing, and come in a range of colours from charcoals, deep chocolates and birch tones through to bright splashes of colour.

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Always ask your manufacturer if you can leave your woven furniture outside in the elements or if it needs to be under the protection of a pergola — some won’t fare as well in constant sun but they look beautiful and are worth the extra care. Synthetic wicker is built to last, is UV resistant, weather resistant and capable of handling an array of temperature variations. It won’t sag and retains its strength and shape, making it the ideal outdoor setting. For extra support and longevity, look for woven furniture that has a stainless-steel frame.

time to cover up Another consideration is whether your setting is going to be protected by a permanent overhead cover (like an awning, verandah or roof) or if it is going to be largely exposed to the elements. If you don’t have a permanent, weatherproof structure over your outdoor area (and erecting one isn’t an option), then an easy solution is to have covers fitted for use during the cooler months. Outdoor furniture retailers and stores such as barbecue outlets sell one-size-fits-all covers for tables, dining chairs, armchairs, twoand three-seater couches and the like. Many of the higher-end furniture retailers offer covers as an additional extra, so check this when making your purchase. Umbrellas and awnings will of course provide some protection (mainly against UV rays and rain), however all outdoor furniture will need some basic care and cleaning (at least twice a year) to keep it looking good and to ensure it lasts for many years to come.

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08 Unique and earthy, the Kenya lounge collection is crafted from sustainably sourced recycled and plantation woods and features a hint of tribal flair. vavoom.com.au 09 Classic styling with modern durability, the rattan-look weave and cushioned comfort of the Palace six-piece outdoor setting is sure to relax you instantly. zanui.com.au 10 Inspired by Japanese art, the San sofa is an iconic and sculptural piece of furniture that is both timeless and contemporary. Crafted from solid Iroko hardwood. gomodern.co.uk 11 With this season’s trend for all things ‘natural’, the Manhattan rattan armchair is a textural delight that will bring sophisticated styling to your outdoor space. cranmorehome.com.au 12 If colour is your thing, you can’t go past the Otis range. Fully weatherproof, the Otis collection is made from zincplated steel and comes in a vibrant range of powerdercoated colours. arkofurniture.com.au 13 The Alicante outdoor chair features strong geometrical lines and unique detailing for a strong contemporary statement. brosa.com.au


OUTDOOR FURNITURE & RUGS colour me happy Don’t be afraid of colour. Ideally, the colour palette of your rug should of course complement the colours of your outdoor furniture. Nyria says with solid-coloured furniture you have a little more room to play with colours in your rug. You can go bold, patterned or geometric, however if you have patterned furniture, a solid colour with or without a border pattern will work better, she says.

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all rugged up To give an alfresco living space the look of an outdoor room, just add a rug or two words carrol baker ugging up outdoors couldn’t be simpler with the vast array of decorative and functional rugs to choose from. A beautiful outdoor rug can liven up a space by adding a splash of colour and personality, and soften hard flooring so it feels comfy and luxurious underfoot. From a practical standpoint, outdoor rugs can protect tiles or decking from furniture that may scratch it, hide an unsightly crack or ugly stain, and help minimise dirt being tracked through the home. Rugs also add texture and colour, adding another layer to your outdoor furniture and decor.

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WHY A RUG? A well-chosen outdoor rug will do more than give an alfresco space an outdoor room feel. You can connect indoor and outdoor living areas by using rugs of the same or similar colour and patterning. And then there is the practical benefit. Rugs help to stop heat transfer from paved areas on a hot day and keep bare feet warmer on colder days.

to a space,” she says. “With the absence of walls outdoors, a well-positioned outdoor rug can create the feel of an outdoor room by designating an area such as an alfresco dining space or lounge.” As for what shape to choose, it depends on the space and the furniture in it. A rectangular rug will usually work well in an outdoor space, but oval and round shapes can also add interest. Size also matters, so don’t skimp. If furniture needs to sit on it, the rug needs to be large enough to get the proportions looking right.

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is it tough enough? Outdoor rugs need to be hardwearing to withstand the rigours of outdoor use. Look for a rug made from weatherproof polyethylene or propylene, both of which are forms of plastic. These plastics can be hand-tufted or finely woven and intertwined to create a soft, almost silky feel. Other outdoor rugs are made from coated polyester. If your outdoor rug will be exposed to direct sunlight, look for one that is UV-resistant so it won’t fade over time. You should also consider buying an outdoor pad to go under your rug if it’s on a slippery surface. There’s no escaping the fact that your outdoor rug will get grubby, so look for a rug that is easy to clean (many can be cleaned with a light brush or hose down) and one that is mildew- and mould-resistant. Abrasion resistance is also something to look for, especially in high-traffic areas.

14 This woven rug of natural jute is durable and soft underfoot. Its neutral tone blends well with any decor and lends a 'crafty' vibe. cranmorehome.com.au 15 The Layla flat-weave jute rug epitomises organic textures and nature-inspired neutrals for outdoor flooring with a high-quality, eco-friendly finish. hamptonsstyle.com.au 16 Patterned on both sides and made to withstand rain, sun, snow and dirt, the KÄRBÄK striped rug from IKEA will last twice as long outdoors. ikea.com.au

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words vanessa portelli electing the right outdoor lighting to suit your budget and style can often be an overwhelming process. For this reason, it is not uncommon to find that exterior lighting frequently falls by the wayside when budgeting for a landscape design. Brisbane-based designer Nick Moore says outdoor lighting is extremely important as it can add dimension to a seemingly flat and dull exterior. While architectural lighting is predominantly used along pathways or staircases, decorative lighting adds to the overall atmosphere of a space in addition to casting practical illumination. “The availability of good landscape lighting products has exploded in the last few years,” says Nick, emphasising that it “doesn’t require massive expenditure to get effective landscape lighting”. Contemporary outdoor lighting is made up of many different kinds of lighting fixtures and fittings, including bollards,

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uplights, downlights, wall and pendant lights, spike lights, in-ground lights, pond lights, strip lighting and light boxes. Modern light fittings come in an array of beautiful finishes, everything from copper, bronze and nickel plate to stainless steel. Many outdoor light fittings are so striking they become part of the architecture of the garden design. And with cost-saving options like LED, new-generation lighting won’t break the bank. They’re cheaper to run than their predecessors and the bulbs last longer. In saying that, it is essential that quality is not compromised in favour of price. Given that exterior lighting is constantly exposed to the elements, a certain level

01 A stylish mix of industrial materials make the Southward outdoor light a stylish option for a range of exteriors. Powdercoated steel and nickel. gardentrading.co.uk 02 For a less traditional lighting option, the Gothic Garden Lantern offers a subtle source of illumination with a touch of drama. Made from metal. miafleur.com


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of quality is required to ensure longevity. Additionally, for those residing in coastal areas, it is imperative that marine-grade stainless-steel finishes are used to combat the corrosive environment. It is also important to recognise that no matter how well built or innovative your selected products are, it means nothing if your outdoor lighting isn’t properly installed. Taking this into consideration, it is vital to seek advice and source a contractor who can competently tackle the job. If you find yourself unsure about installation, Nick advises that you simply “allow for conduit through your landscape, such as into garden beds and along and under paths, so you’ve still got the option post construction”. With an abundance of styles to choose from, designers Kim Bristow and Anya Hagen from Graphite Interior Design reinforce the importance of continuity. Outdoor lighting should freely follow on from the style adopted inside the home as “your exterior space is an

Uplights, as the name suggests, shine up. They are perfect for illuminating trees, shrubs and larger garden features such as sculpture. Downlighting is generally used for task lighting as the lights are aimed downwards from above. These are commonly used in entertaining areas, such as over the barbecue or dining table. They are also great for illuminating smaller plants or flower beds and feature pots. Spotlights target a certain area and work well to highlight garden features such as trees, statues or waterfalls, and are especially effective when directed from the ground up. Bollard lights are upright groundmounted lights that usually provide light from the top of short, thick poles. Known for their clean modern style, bollards are great for lighting garden paths and driveways.

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03 The LEDlux Deta is IP54 weatherproof rated. The 650mm bollard is made from diecast aluminium and emits a brilliant downward-facing low glare light. beaconlighting.com.au 04 Available in a range of metal finishes (aged nickel, brass & copper), the Norwest wall bracket is elegant and contemporary in design. IP44 rating. beaconlighting.com.au 05 Finished in Heirloom Silver, the Steve bulkhead light has an industrial edge that says he means business. Made of solid brass and electroplated in silver, this outdoor light is built to last. dowsingandreynolds.com 06 A great outdoor wicker light, the Flos has a natural feel with a modern twist. This freestanding floor lamp has a sleek and narrow profile with a slim base and basketstyle shade for elegant outdoor lighting. dedon.de 07 The Festoon lights are perfect for creating a festive atmosphere in your outdoor space. Suitable for outdoor use. beaconlighting.com.au 08 For the eco conscious, the Eva Solo Sunlight Lamp provides environmentally friendly illumination without any irritating cables. It can be used to create the perfect mood lighting, or positioned along the garden path to help you find your way in the dark. top3.com.au

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LESS IS MORE Lighting can add a touch of magic to your outdoor landscape, but it needs to be done with care. Too many lit-up focal points will compete with each other, like spotlights criss-crossing at a sporting function or concert. Choose only a few specific features you’d really like to highlight. Draw a diagram of your outdoor spaces, indicating the pathways, plants, focal points such as water features, entryways like garden archways, and activity spaces to help you lay out your best options.

09 extension of the interior design”. In light of this, it is important to opt for traditional light fittings if your interior space channels a more classic design. However, if you’re looking to create a contemporary vibe, exterior floor and table lamp lights are becoming increasingly popular choices, with several innovative design developments occurring in this area. Exterior applications of LED lighting are also currently on trend. While installation of LED systems can be more expensive, the price is offset by its economic value and its diversity in application and designs.

MAKE IS SUSTAINABLE Energy-savvy solar is another way to light up your garden at night. Solar harnesses the power of the sun; energy is stored and when darkness falls it is released, giving walkways or garden features a soft glow.

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09 The Lampiok wall sconce is inspired by the characteristics of a traditional four sided lantern in contemporary materials, making it a design that complements both traditional and modern exteriors. Available in brass, copper and aluminium. urbanlighting.com.au 10 The 60T Floor Light by Royal Botania is a resilient and beautifully sculpted contemporary piece designed for outdoor conditions. Comes in electropolished stainless steel with a bluestone base. parterre.com.au 11 Gras N°217 XL Outdoor Light is designed for durability and weather-resistance. IP64 rated. Resistant to rain, snow and saltwater as well as extremes of heat and cold. contempocollection.com.au 12 The PH3 Bollard consists of a 30cm top shade of spun stainless steel with a shadeholder of form pressed glass and a powdercoated stainless steel post. Rated for outdoor use. cultdesign.com.au 13 Rated IP23 for outdoor use, the Lilly 3-light bollard spike is a contemporary statement in outdoor lighting. beaconlighting.com.au


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express yourself A well-chosen piece of art adds a personal touch to a garden or outdoor entertaining area

words karen booth or some, garden art is simply a finishing flourish or a fun way to express their personality. For others, it is an integral design component that gives a garden a statement-making focal point and adds to the rich tapestry of colours and textures. “Placing art in the garden gives another layer to the design and allows you to express your own style,” says Aaron Jackson, founder of Think Outside. “How you do that is up to you. It depends on what look you are trying to achieve — is it understated and classic, or is it fun and expressive? “Some gardens are created to have a definite focal point. This might be a staged area in the front yard or somewhere off to the side of an entertainment spot. In that case, you want to have a bigger piece that can stand alone. For a subtler look, you might want to have a few pieces throughout the garden — perhaps some animal sculptures peeking out through the foliage.”

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the choice is yours “Garden art can be interpreted in many ways and presented in many forms, whether it’s a 3D sculpture, a wall-mounted artwork or a 2D decorative panel,” says Katrine Mardini, senior landscape architect, Outhouse Design. “By choosing the right form, colour and size, a work of art creates a great focal point and functions as a key feature in any garden design.” Landscape designer Nicholas Goff from Apex Landscapes agrees that homeowners are spoilt for choice. “An artwork can be big or small, it can be expensive — perhaps a commissioned sculpture — or it can be homemade,” he says. “What you choose will depend on a great many factors, including the size of your space, the garden design and what function you want it to perform. Garden art can draw the eye to where you want people to focus, or draw the eye away from what you don’t want people to look. Or it can be used to break up a monotonous space.” Adds Katrine, “Garden art may also be used to enhance depth or add height and

layering in a garden, or simply add an extra splash of colour and interest. For example, a metal sculpture that is uplit and positioned in a clear sightline from the house creates a visually pleasing view and a sense of connection.”

the right piece “Garden art adds personality to a garden and reflects the personality of the person choosing it, so on one level there is no right or wrong way of choosing. However, considering the relationship and connection it will bring to your space is key, so respecting the surrounding structures, shapes and tones will allow one to make an informed decision,” says Katrine. “Also consider factors such as access, natural light, shadows, privacy and level of impact — and whether you want it to be a large statement piece or a subtle feature.” According to Nick, “Art is very subjective. What someone sees as too big or too bright may suit someone else perfectly, but if going for a major piece — or series of pieces —


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pride of place There are a few tricks of the trade that will help you get the location and presentation right. “When deciding where to place a

major piece such as a sculpture, work with focal lines and common viewing points such as an internal window that has a view onto the garden. Or if you have a long straight garden path, place a sculpture at the end of it,” says Nick. “Also look for those areas that offer clear sight lines from the gathering and seating areas in your garden,” adds Katrine. Sculpture can be placed on a mount or in a raised garden bed for added impact. You might also like to place an artwork in front of a mirror or, for a more classic look, in front of a tall evergreen hedge. “Ultimately,” says Aaron, “I believe the best place is somewhere the artwork will get seen and you can enjoy it, whether it be a few pieces in commonly visited areas throughout the garden or a statement piece near an entrance.”

what’s on trend? “Long gone are the days of mass-produced cement statues. Today, people want pieces that express who they are,” says Aaron. “Rather than getting cheap knick-knacktype products, they want quality and they want pieces that they are proud to

01 If you like a rustic look and want garden art that is made from recycled materials, Teak Balls are a popular choice. They are made from recycled teak off-cuts and weather over time to a silver-grey. They come in various sizes and look good on their own or in small groupings. waterfeaturesdirect.com.au 02 Contemporary sculpture can be used for dramatic impact, whether placed on its own in the centre of a lawn or cosseted by luxuriant plantings. Here, Surge, a piece made of Corten steel by self-taught Victorian sculptor Damian Vick, rises up from its leafy green surrounds to grab the eye. damianvick.com 03 Handcrafted by artisans using recycled metal, Think Outside’s popular ee-i-ee-i-o range is as extensive as it is colourful and creative. The Hot Air Balloon planters, shown here in small and large, can be used for growing trailing plants or as works of vibrant art in their own right. thinkoutside.biz 04 Laser-cut metal screens, whether placed in a garden bed as a feature piece, as Ros McCully Garden Design has done here, or mounted on an outdoor wall, are prized for their versatility as well as beauty. Screens are available in a diverse array of decorative patterns and finishes. rosmccullygardens.com.au 05 Sometimes being subtle is the best way to make an impact. Nestling a sculpture amid foliage allows it to be discovered as people make their way around your garden, which is what Candeo Design did here with this giant bronze snail sculpture from Willie Wildlife Sculptures. williewildlifesculptures.com.au

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outside the box Garden art can come in many guises. Pots, firepits, furniture, garden gates, letterboxes — these can all be works of art in their own

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right, and as they perform a dual function, can be space savers in smaller gardens. Then there are pieces made out of recycled materials. Each piece will have its own unique characteristics and personality. “By choosing something made from recycled materials, it brings all of the visual elements and energy that the material had in its original form,” says Aaron. “Wood will have aged and often changed in its look, developing an interesting patina, and pieces made from disused metal objects speak of their history. We make sculptures and decorative pieces from old oil drums that may have been used by up to six companies so display a variety of colours and logos — this ensures the finished piece is utterly unique.” The bottom line? “Just choose something you enjoy and that calls out to you,” advises Aaron. “That way the piece will keep on giving you that joy each time you look at it.”

06 This garden designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture features three metal balls made by Western Australian artist Martin Jaine using off-cuts from the laser-cut screen industry. Martin makes these sculptures in a studio on the grounds of his bed and breakfast business, Earlsferry House. earlsferry.com.au 07 From Melbourne-based metal fabrication artist Pierre Le Roux, the sinuous Spirit sculpture is a modern piece made of Corten steel. This material has a deep brown-red colour that only deepens as it weathers and is ideal when you want to achieve a rustic or industrial look. plrdesign.com.au 08 Sculpture can be incorporated into a water feature, especially a pond. Here, Candeo Design designed a natural water hole-style pond and chose a pair of dancing brolga statues to give it a bushland look. The artworks, from Willie Wildlife Sculptures, are made out of bronze. williewildlifesculptures.com.au 09 When designing this garden, a priority for OUTHOUSE design was finding the perfect position to display the various artworks the homeowners had privately commissioned from Australian artist Sanné Mestrom. The dark tones of the sculpture are contrasted by the simple green backdrop of plants. mestrom.org


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vertical variations With a green wall you can create a beautiful tapestry of living colour, bringing life, movement, texture and shade into your garden. The idea of green walls was initially developed by ancient civilisations; in fact, one of the first living vertical gardens was is one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. While the concept might not be new, the modern take on it is and these days

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01 The Hex Vertical Garden is a Corten steel trellis that supports a climbing or hanging garden. Both sculpture and framework in one, the Hex Vertical Garden also features hanging brackets to support potted plants at regular intervals. entanglements.com.au 02 Most vertical garden kits are modular and will allow you to grow them as big as your wall can handle. The Versiwall system is an easy-to-install and lowmaintenance modular vertical greening product with a choice of mounting, planting density and growth media options to suit different wall conditions. elmich.com.au


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05 03 The Lanna Garden Screen is a unique vertical garden option that will work well as privacy screening on balconies or patios. The ultimate in space-saving design, the Lanna can be fixed to a wall or floor, or anchored by a gabion mesh base filled with river pebbles (included). Made from galvanised steel and available in black or white. arkofurniture.com.au 04 The Foodwall is a sustainable garden range designed and made in Australia. Compact, water efficient and high-yielding, the Foodwall is the ideal modular sustainable garden solution for rooftops, balconies and courtyards. biofilta.com.au 05 As a feature piece, vertical gardens work well in the realm of decorative art and living landscape. Interchangeable pots offer the opportunity to continually change plants, meaning your landscape feature can vary from season to season, updating your outlook to keep it interesting. phillipwithers.com

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can also beautify an unattractive wall or fence, a vertical wall filled with greenery can create a privacy screen, and green walls also allow apartment dwellers some green space and to be able to grow fresh leafy produce,” he says. As an added benefit, green walls also improve air quality, reduce temperatures and absorb sounds.

what to plant Every vertical garden is unique, set up individually to accommodate different plants and their requirements. Each vertical garden has its own microclimate with different nutritional and light or shade needs. There are, however, certain guidelines you need to follow when planning vertical gardens. Mitchell Gourlay from Gourlay Landscapes says one of the critical things for plant longevity is choosing the right plants for the right climate zones. You can also grow a variety of vegetables including leafy greens, lettuces, cherry tomatoes, mini carrots, chillies, and herbs including basil, oregano and coriander. Selected plants also need to have shallow root systems as there is limited room for substrate. Plants should be compact (weeping forms of plants are ok) but if plants are too tall, they’ll look untidy and those with a spreading growth habit will need to be continually thinned to

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prevent overcrowding. Finally, unlike garden beds with layered planting and protected understorey plants, all those in an outdoor vertical garden are exposed so they need to be resilient.

which system is best There are DIY projects, modular systems you can buy off the shelf, or simply call the experts in for a custom-built system they install and maintain. Most vertical gardens are made up of rows of plastic modules integrated together. Within each linked module sits a geotextile (permeable fabric) bag, which holds individual plants. Some have modules that slip in and out easily so you can swap plants around. Systems are usually anchored to a wall via a stainless-steel framework. Different growing mediums, or soil mixes, are used based on the nutrient needs of the plants. Many green walls are fitted with irrigation systems and individual dripper systems that deliver the right amount of moisture to each individual plant, and additional nutrients and fertilisers when needed. You can also DIY using a variety of different containers to store your plants; these can include anything from recycled bottles and terracotta pots to even hessian bags. Think modern vertical gardens and the sky really is the limit!

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06 Incorporate vertical garden panels into decorative screening and take a privacy wall from drab to fab in no time. Modular hardwood panels from OUTDECO are a great surface for mounting a wall garden and will break up a large flat area with the addition of natural elements. outdeco.com 07 The Holman GreenWall is designed to make vertical gardens easy to set up and maintain in an Australian yard. A modular platform, the GreenWall kit supports up to eight medium-sized pots with unlimited potential to add multiple panels together. GreenWall allows you to transform any wall into a lovely growing space. Available from Bunnings. holman.com.au 08 Make it an entire wall! Whether it’s a small balcony space or a large yard, turning a whole wall into a full vertical garden has great impact and is a viable solution when there isn’t much ground space to work with. phillipwithers.com


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words alexandra longstaff ots have come a long way since their humble beginnings more than 3000 years ago. Back then they played a very different role to today’s pots and planters and were originally used primarily for decorative and religious purposes. Pots were later used as storage vessels and decorative items. "More than 3000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians and Chinese used terracotta to make containers for food, oil, burial urns and also garden pots,” says Martin Kellock of

Martin Kellock Pots and Planters. “In the west, pots became an integral part of the grand classical gardens of Italy and France, but it wasn’t until the rise of the middle class after the Industrial Revolution that domestic gardening really took hold in Europe, and kiln factories sprang up near clay deposits in Italy, France and England,” he adds.

01 The unique variations in this three-piece pot set demonstrate the characteristics of handcrafted construction techniques. The natural oxidisation process of the outer cage will continue to ‘age’ over time to give this collection its vintage character. schots.com.au 02 Choosing pots in a variety of sizes and colours can add visual interest to outdoor spaces. This ceramic glazed collection in vibrant hues mixes nicely and offers a wealth of design options. martinkellockpots.com.au 03 Don’t have the floor space but are keen for

the green? Table planters are a practical solution to adding greenery without taking up valuable real estate in outdoor areas. satara.com.au 04 Made from glass fibre reinforced concrete, the height of the Geo Rok Lightweight Urn is perfect for creating privacy on balconies or patios. martinkellockpots.com.au 05 The Circa Planter is a simple and elegant design suited to outdoor use. Made from zinc-coated steel with a powdercoated finish, the stand houses a sealed polypropylene pot. Available in six colour combinations. arkofurniture.com.au

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developments in the materials used to house our plants. “Nowadays pots and planters are made from a wide range of materials in addition to terracotta and porcelain,” says Martin, “including glass-fibre-reinforced cement (GRC), fibreglass, fibre clay, polyresin, concrete, steel and plastic.” According to Martin, the pots to watch are composite and lightweight materials such as GRC, fibreglass and fibre clay. The use of these materials has revolutionised how available and affordable our pots and planters are, first because of their lightweight nature, but second because pots made using composite and lightweight materials are not restricted by kiln size in the same way that clay and terracotta are.

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your perfect pot. Materials vary greatly and some are better suited to certain environments and plants than others. “Good-quality unglazed terracotta will weather beautifully over time, and glazed ceramic pots will maintain their tough glossy finish with a little maintenance. Low-fired terracotta can be susceptible to cracking in frost-prone climates,” explains Martin. For those with balconies or rooftop gardens, Martin recommends lightweight composite pots. Not only are they easier to move, the materials also lend themselves to the making of square and rectangular pots for use on balconies in particular, he adds. Concrete and steel pots are excellent options for areas of extreme wear and tear as they’re exceptionally durable, while plastic or polyethylene resin pots are watertight and therefore ideal for indoors as they won’t leak or drip. However, plastic polyethylene pots can have drainage holes added and can be UV-resistant, making them suitable for outdoors if needed.

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Colour is an important consideration, too. “A simple colour palette will create a strong synergy to align your outdoor area,” says Susan. “Greenery is not only attractive, but very restful on the eyes, so keep in mind what you can see from inside and also when actually sitting in your outdoor space. Contrasting leaf shapes will always add further interest. I would highly advise speaking to a local nursery or landscaper about plant choices to suit your garden environment. Stackable planters and screens can be used for privacy, interest or simply hiding an ugly wall. As these elements already provide a strong design aspect, choose one complementary plant for mass planting to allow the pattern to shine. Both elements can be easily swapped or moved around when a change of scenery is called for. Choose your base palette from black or white with yellow for a pop of colour.”

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06 For that old world antique look, choose a pot or planter with a textured finish and neutral palette. It would help if the surface lends itself to the growth of moss over time! ianlyell.com.au 07 To save floor space, hang your greenery from the ceiling. These stoneware planters are a fresh and natural way to add lush plantlife to outdoor spaces and come in soft pink or stone. lorrainelea.com 08 A simple contemporary design for modern outdoor

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To begin breathing life into an outdoor area, the best starting point is to consider the size and style of your space. Choose your materials based on what suits the aesthetics of the spot and then consider how to integrate the pots and planters effectively. “Grouping two to three pots of different heights together can be an effective way to create a focal point for your outdoor room,” explains Susan Tait, director of design firm Tait.

spaces, the Helio raised planter offers timeless appeal. Available in textured grey with a white powdercoated finish, made from rust-proof zinc with a polypropylene sealed pot. arkofurniture.com.au 09 Unique in shape and texture, the Cohiba metal pot range comes in five different heights to assist in creating a layered look in your outdoor space. The simple forms are soothing to the eye while the rustic colour choices offer character. hgfs.com.au

Technology has advanced to make way for innovative materials suited to a wide variety of environments and buyers. Martin explains that advances include new chemicals used in glazes and new building materials adapted for planters. “In the last few years, brighter-colour glazes have been popular, but we have also seen some traditional glazes disappear because they were made from noxious substances which are now banned,” he adds. “Improved machinery and laser cutters have enabled more pots to be made from metal and weather-resistant Corten steel in particular, which has gone hand-inhand with the popularity of the rust finish in general.” Aesthetically, pots and planters have adapted a great deal, too. With modern developments and contemporary architectural advancements in interiors and exteriors, pots and planters have also moved with the times.


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opposing elements Fire and water might be opposing elements, but using either as a landscape feature will be sure to attract the right kind of attention words nicole mulloy dd some zing to your backyard by using two of mother nature’s gifts: fire and water. With today’s range of water features and fire accessories, making a statement in your outdoor space can be achieved in a number of ways.

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features can be added in the form of ponds, fountains, pots, cascades, streams or waterfalls. And as their popularity increases, we are seeing greater creativity applied to water features of all kinds. “Enhanced landscaping improves property value and water features make your property stand out from the rest,” claims Patrick Handley of Waterscapes Australia. “Water features add sound, texture and movement to your landscape, producing a natural element that makes your space feel unique.”


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audio advantages The benefits of a water feature are numerous and having one in your landscaping can provide some unexpected pleasures, including soothing sounds. The trickle, rush or splash of water can mask street noise and other undesirables, working as a white noise barrier for urban environments. However, if outside noise is not an issue, your water feature can bring the soothing sounds of nature into your space without competition. In today’s fastpaced world, it’s nice to know you can come home and wash away your worries to the sound of cascading water.

flora & fauna Water features also have the benefit of attracting natural wildlife and enhancing the local ecosystem. You will notice an

increase in furry or feathered visitors to your space. Birds, butterflies and dragonflies in particular are partial to the splash of running water, as are lizards. Water will not only serve to support the local wildlife, but will also work in harmony with any plant life you choose to include along with your water feature.

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one size fits all Because water features come in a variety of forms — from pots to waterfalls, ponds and pools — almost any space can include one. Just because your yard is small doesn’t mean you have to forgo including water in your landscape design. If you don’t have the yard to include a pond or pool, pondless water elements can be added in the form of a pot with a water pump or a self-circulating wall fountain. Neither

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01 Designed by Ian Barker Gardens, this symmetrical and tailored garden includes a large feature that offers water views from both indoors and out. landscape.net.au 02 Part of a landscape that features both fire and water elements, this freefalling flow cascades from a gabion wall to offer the relaxing splash of water hitting natural stone. deepgreenlandscaping.com.au 03 The easy-to-install Scupper Water Bowl from Solus Design is handcrafted from high-performance concrete with contemporary brass or stainless-steel spout. solusdecor.com 04 The perfect place for fish, this small pond with bubbling jet softens the hardscaped area and provides a dramatic entrance to the secluded courtyard. outsidein.net.au 05 Add a water cascade to your pool for extra drama and incorporate the sound of rushing water in your outdoor space. The use of LED lights also makes it a real feature at night. landscapeswa.com.au 06 The use of natural stone elements like this Riverstone basin from Schots Home Emporium is always a perfect accompaniment for water features. schots.com.au

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option takes up too much space. In fact, water features are often a great solution for awkward spaces, turning a onceoverlooked nook into a stunning focal point. 07 A large antique metal bowl forms the tranquil oasis at the centre of this small courtyard design. Overseen by Buddha, it provides a relaxing space to sit and meditate. ptalandscapes.com.au 08 A tall ceramic urn in this shallow pool feature creates added dimension through height and provides a focal point. swonderful.com.au 09 Creating a billabong-style pond or pool in your backyard gives it “authentic” Australian flair that keeps it casual. And with the use of native plants, it’s easy to sustain. waterscapesaustralia.com.au

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keep it simple A single wall fountain, cascading water pot or other pondless water feature is a great choice if you’re looking for something low maintenance. The water in these features recirculates, so they require little maintenance, don’t use much water and don’t require chemical maintenance like a pool. Pondless features are also great for families with small children as they pose less of a safety risk. The best thing about the variety of water features available today means you can make your landscaping truly unique. A well-designed water feature is tailored to

your space and your specific needs, so it can never be replicated.

MIX IT UP Though fire and water might seem like they don’t mix, you couldn’t be more wrong! Using fire and water together in one feature element adds double the impact. Try a cascading wall feature with a fire trough in front, or place your firepit in the centre of a small pond and be mesmerised by the flames reflected in the water.


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FIRE AT THE TABLE Fire tables are one of biggest trends for homeowners wanting to upgrade their outdoor living spaces, says landscape designer Jason Hodges. “A premium alternative to the firepit, the firetable provides warmth and a great centrepiece while entertaining friends and family. In today’s smaller backyards, firetables can be preferable over fireplaces due to their size, affordability and point of difference.”

FIRE Man’s fascination with fire is eternal. A primal element, fire brings warmth and light, so it’s no wonder firepits are becoming more popular in backyards and on patios across the country. Because fire looks good and feels warm, it makes using outdoor spaces more attractive during the colder months. But it’s more than just a heat source; fire adds drama. It’s theatrical and mesmerising, which makes it the perfect element to include in your landscaping to generate a point of interest that can’t be missed.

fiery pits Freestanding firepits are the easiest way to incorporate fire into your landscape and are practical and easy to install. From simple portable units that can be placed just about anywhere to a landscaped zone with a more fixed unit, the range of firepit designs is constantly expanding so you’ll be sure to find the right style to fit your individual needs. A well-placed firepit can add a dash of drama to an outdoor setting and because

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of the array of designs on the market, there is something to complement just about any outdoor decor. Firepits also cover a variety of price points, ranging from the more modestly priced models available from chains such as Target or Bunnings to designer firepits in a range of fancy finishes. You can even find one that comes with a hotplate or grill, instantly turning your firepit into an outdoor kitchen. Firepits are usually made from mild steel, 316-grade stainless steel or cast iron, and tend to be bowl-shaped, though other shapes are readily available.

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charming chimeneas If you love the look of a real fire but need a more contained element, a chimenea is another way to go. They are great for creating ambience and often safer for semi-enclosed areas. Although some can be quite heavy, they can be moved from place to place if needed. Chimeneas come in a variety of styles and sizes, and while you can find some sleeker, modern designs, many tend to have a rustic

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look, which adds to their charm. Traditionally, chimeneas are made out of clay but there are many made from metal, and there is plenty of choice in terms of construction and features. Some sit within steel stands while others come with integrated legs. The range of designs available means your fire source can become a talking point all on its own.

art aflame Artistic elements can be used to incorporate fire into your landscape in a couple of ways. Rather than just as a practical place around

13 The Orbis firepit is a contemporary design of glassreinforced cement with optional bamboo table top that allows it to be converted into an outdoor table during the warmer months. mayohardware.com.au 14 Made from durable stainless steel, this attractive gas firepit can accommodate a 4.5kg gas bottle and makes for a convenient addition to patio or balcony spaces. southernstainless.com.au 15 The EcoSmart MiniT bio-ethanol lantern is an eco-friendly and stylish edition, adding the flicker of flames to outdoor spaces. ecosmartfire.com.au 16 Corten steel is a popular choice for firepits, and this custom hexagon pit is a unique addition that can be tailored to individual needs. oceanblueliving.com.au

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which to gather, sculpture can be used to set your landscape ablaze — figuratively speaking. A well-placed piece of art will draw the eye across your landscape to a fixed point, much like a light feature but with much more drama. A fire trough along a pool edge, in front of a waterfall, or built into a retaining wall are all places fire can be added to create a focus feature. For more portable options you can place fire cones or decorative freestanding gas lamps on either side of a doorway or path to create an attractive and inviting entrance. You can even hang fire from a wall or stand it up in the garden with today’s range of portable gas or bio-fuel torches and accessories.

16 The Regency Plateau Outdoor Gas Firetable is a modern look for outdoor spaces. Ideal for entertaining, its linear design leaves plenty of room for dining. regency-fire.com.au 17 & 18 These contemporary bio-fuel torches are handy to hang or place in the garden for a portable solution to adding fire to the fun. royaldesign.com/au 19 A chimenea is a great way to add flames outdoors and is safe for small or semi-enclosed areas. firepitsdirect.com.au

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d e l e c ta b l e d e c o r Everything you need to create the perfect entertainment zone in your home

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ith years of experience in home decor, Schots Home Emporium is the perfect place to find whatever you need to turn your home into entertainment central. With a massive range of outdoor furniture, settings, decoration, statues and heating options on offer, Schots can help you transform your outdoor landscape into a paradise of relaxation and entertainment. Schots focuses on untouched and reclaimed materials that are at home in the

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outdoors. These pieces will improve with age when exposed to the elements and will complement lush greenery in a way many manufactured items cannot. While teak is always a classic outdoor furniture option, recent trends point to concrete as the growing outdoor furniture of choice. Luckily, Schots has plenty of both. A huge range of dining settings, stools, coffee tables, lounges, pots and urns all in concrete are on offer. And to ensure you stay warm when entertaining outdoors, Schots’

range of firepits, braziers and chimeneas offer effective heating solutions. Nowhere else in Australia will you find a collection of reclaimed teak and concrete this large. As the go-to store for outdoor decor, Schots works hard to provide pieces that exude character and charm, with a special place for the unique. From hand-carved teak horses and huge stone Buddhas, to marble statues, rotundas and more, you’re sure to find the right piece to accent your outdoor space and create that


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focal spot you need. Combining reclaimed teak with the latest in industrial concrete has produced a special line of outdoor pieces of wellbalanced style. If you’re more timber inclined, Schots’ range of teak products will give you that antique look. However, if concrete is your thing, Schots also has you covered with a range of outdoor pieces that feature modern clean lines and angles. You can “unearth the uncommon” in one of Schots’ showrooms as you view

the enormous range of furniture and architectural items available, or you can order direct online and have your chosen products conveniently shipped to your door. Schots is constantly updating and sourcing new designs from around the world to provide inspirational pieces for your outdoor spaces. So whatever you’re looking for, you can be assured that every time you enter a Schots showroom or look at the company’s website you’ll be inspired.

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s e a l e d fo r p ro t e c t i o n Protect natural stone and paving with a deep-penetrating professional sealer to ensure longevity and enhance colour

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ith the right treatment, it’s easy to keep even the most porous natural stone and paving, as well as tile and brick, looking great for many years. Not only will these products maintain their beauty, they’ll also be easier to clean. Staining is the most common problem affecting porous materials such as stone paving and steps, but there are other common types of damage. Water can be harmless, but if stone or paving is wet for long enough, mould and bacteria take hold and the material can be softened and weakened. Water also contains minerals

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(salts) that can leave unsightly residues or stains and even cause major corrosion of pavers and tiles. Australia is a land of innovation and it is no surprise the world’s most advanced impregnating sealers for protecting porous surfaces come from Dry-Treat, a small Australian company. Dry-Treat’s invisible impregnating sealers provide many advantages over traditional topical (coating) sealers and other impregnating sealers. “Our technology comes down to two basic things,” says Dry-Treat’s vicepresident of sales, Gabriel Chapman. “Our impregnating sealers penetrate


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much deeper and our special water- and oil-repelling molecules actually bond permanently inside the treated material, so you get a very deep and long-lasting barrier of protection.” Dry-Treat’s flagship STAIN-PROOF sealer not only protects natural stone, paving and tiles against stains to keep

them looking good, but also maintains the slip-resistance of the surface, retards moss and mildew growth, and makes the surface easier to clean. A 15-year performance warranty is available when STAIN-PROOF is applied by an accredited applicator, although the simple application instructions have made it very popular

for DIY use as well. “Dry-Treat’s reputation has spread across 35 countries, largely by word of mouth, because our sealers really do work,” says Gabriel. “Today, STAIN-PROOF protects thousands of homes and many well-known public icons, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the new BBC Scotland headquarters, the Dallas Cowboys stadium, city malls, famous hotels and monuments, so we are very comfortable backing our products with extraordinary warranties.” For product information and contact details of Dry-Treat dealers and accredited applicators, call 1800 675 119 or visit the Dry-Treat website.

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ve rd a n t a n d ve r t i c a l How does your garden grow? Make it vertical and save space with a GreenWall

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olman Industries is a proudly Australian-owned family business that specialises in watering, gardening and plumbing products. With products ranging from retractable hose reels and GreenWall vertical garden ranges, to sprays guns, sprinklers and raised garden bed kits, Holman’s has your garden covered. One of the most innovative gems in the Holman collection is the GreenWall vertical garden system. With super-easy DIY assembly, Holman GreenWalls are a garden decor addition that will allow you to create a verdant living arrangement to suit any size space. GreenWall will allow you to transform any

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wall into a successful growing space for herbs, vegetables or plants. Replete with a pre-installed irrigation system that delivers water to each individual pot, this inventive vertical garden unit will withstand the harsh summers of Australia. Choose from one of five GreenWall systems: the Vertical Planting Kit, Pixel Pot, Slim GreenWall, the Mobile or Benchtop GreenWall. The Vertical Planting Kit is a modular design that contains eight medium-size pots per panel, to provide total freedom of design. Discover endless possibilities by joining as many panels as you like — the only boundary is your available wall space! Place modules

vertically or horizontally to develop your desired shape and create a “living piece of art” made of herbs, flowers, succulents, plants, or a mixture of them all. The Pixel Pot is contemporary in design, with each panel holding up to four pots. Using wall brackets and a thin panel, the Pixel Pot removes the physical strain of traditional gardening and maximises garden space, while keeping pets out of your garden. Place the panels at your preferred distance to accommodate your plant choice and add as many panels as you desire. Perfect for those with limited outdoor space, the Slim GreenWall is designed to fit on a narrow apartment balcony or kitchen


PR O D UCT SHOWCASE wall. A smaller version of the Vertical Planting Kit, the Slim features the same innovate design but with six pots instead of eight. Want to keep your garden on the move? The Mobile GreenWall system is for those who don’t want to keep their garden on the wall or in the ground. Move it around and follow the light for maximum exposure — great for those small spaces that don’t get much sun. The Mobile system features nine small pots and two large pots that connect to a slimline frame. To make the most of your GreenWall vertical garden, Holman provides Howto projects and detailed instructions on assembly on its blog, Holman Garden, where you’ll also find a range of gardening projects and inspirational imagery. Quick and easy to assemble, the DIY GreenWall range is manufactured for the Australian market to withstand Australian conditions. The GreenWall range is available at Bunnings.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Holman Industries P 1300 716 188 E info@holmanindustries.com.au W www.holmanindustries.com.au Find them on Facebook and Instagram

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ta i l o r- m a d e s h a d e Shelter your outdoor space with a tailored solution that will combat any weather condition

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f you want an outdoor living space you can use all year round, you need the experts from Outrigger Awnings & Sails. Outrigger specialises in the creation of high-quality custom-designed shade and rainproof fabric structures for domestic and

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commercial applications. Designs include retracting, batten and cantilevered awnings, awnings for carports and pergolas, as well as sails and outdoor blinds. Designed for strength and longevity, Outrigger awnings are the ideal choice

when you want year-round coverage in a high-wind area. Outrigger retracting awnings can withstand winds up to 100km/h, while the company’s fixed awnings are rated for winds up to 140km/h. All awnings are custom designed and engineered in the Outrigger factory in Sydney, so you can be assured each product will be specifically tailored to your site and your preferred design. In addition, all awnings are made using the highest-quality fabric and fittings so you can expect them to last 18-25 years. All Outrigger retracting sails are manufactured with a Tri-radial fabric pattern, which evenly distributes tension throughout the fabric and eliminates tensioning along a bias edge. This greatly increases the strength and long-term durability of the sail. Outrigger retracting awnings are a popular choice as they offer not only strength and flexibility, but aesthetics too. Their sleek, modern look will complement


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any architectural design. Plus, they can be extended or retracted with absolute ease. Demountable shade sails and carport awnings are proving popular for their stylish and durable appearance and, in many instances, can be installed without the need of Council approval. Purchasing an Outrigger awning can be achieved by either dropping in to their Brookvale showroom or contacting them to arrange a quote. Outrigger supply awnings to anywhere in the world. Installation can be arranged by Outrigger staff within a 300km radius of Sydney. For installations further afield, awnings will be shipped with full step-bystep instructions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Outrigger Awnings & Sails P 02 9905 8473 E info@outriggerawnings.com.au W outriggerawnings.com.au

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d u ra b l e . functional. beautiful Use crafted architectural elements to transport your outdoor space to the next level

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iscover a world of colour, texture, art and design in custom-made quality metal architectural elements for your home. OceanBlue Living combines imagination, style and skill in manufacturing artistic decorative screens, wall art, room dividers, light boxes, furniture, outdoor showers and garden accents. Incorporating beautifully crafted pieces in and around your home

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can increase its value by adding a new design dimension and providing protection from the weather. OceanBlue Living's indoor and outdoor decorative screens and room dividers can assist with shade, will allow filtered light and breezes through your outdoor space, or simply serve as a decorative focal point that will create impact in any room. For added illumination, an artfully executed light box will add character and produce a


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FOR MORE INFORMATION OceanBlue Living P 0409 726 128 E info@oceanblueliving.com.au W oceanblueliving.com.au

sense of intimacy in outdoor spaces with its gently diffused glow. In the garden or courtyard, complete the space with a small intricately patterned sculpture that will softly blend with the landscape, or go big and make a bold statement that will create instant vibrancy and appeal. Another way to add drama is with a custom-designed firepit that provides the perfect gathering spot for getting together with family and friends. Utilising cutting-edge technology, OceanBlue Living is able to create an array of stock patterns and styles using

a state-of-the-art water jet machine for professional-looking results. If you’re looking for something unique, the company’s one-on-one consultation design process will help you achieve a custom-made design that reflects your exclusive style. Available in Corten weathering steel, mild steel or aluminium (powdercoated in a range of colours), OceanBlue Living’s range of architectural accents come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes to cater to individual requirements.

With more than 20 years of experience in metal fabrication, OceanBlue Living’s owners LeaAnne and Vince Cassaniti understand commitment and attention to detail. Their goal is to improve the look and intrinsic value of any property with extraordinary pieces that reflect a unique character and individual architectural style.

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all seasons solution Environmentally friendly composite decking and cladding is a strong choice for creating outdoor structures that will withstand the Australian climate

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or quality, value-added alternatives to traditional timber, you can’t go past composite decking and cladding products from Futurewood. Made from eco-friendly composite materials, Futurewood’s decking and cladding products are low-maintenance, sustainable, splinter-free, and rot and termite resistant. As Futurewood products won’t split, cup or warp, and there is no sap or tannin bleed, they are a cost- and timeeffective alternative to timber.

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Uniquely designed to look like timber but perform without the need for costly and time-consuming maintenance, Futurewood offers its CleverDeck range of composite decking and the EnviroSlat range of fencing and cladding. All CleverDeck and EnviroSlat products are wood-plastic composites (WPC) made from recycled HDPE, wood flour and rice husks. CleverDeck alternative decking is great value, easy to install, environmentally sustainable and virtually maintenance-

free. It allows you to move away from the common rainforest timber deck, with all of its associated environmental concerns, and know that you have made an economically sound decision that won't hurt the environment. CleverDeck is available in a range of five standard colours and comes with a 10-year warranty against rotting and white ants/termite attack. It is easy to install and comes with the option of the Futurewood deck clip system of concealed fixings to ensure a smooth professional finish.


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In addition to the CleverDeck range, Futurewood stocks EnviroSlat fencing and screen slats. Great value for money and easy to install, EnviroSlat is a sustainable,

FOR MORE INFORMATION Futurewood Pty Ltd P 1300 484 308 E info@futurewood.com.au W futurewood.com.au

low-maintenance option. Install it vertically for a traditional look or horizontally for a more contemporary feel, in a selection of colours guaranteed to match any decor or your CleverDeck selection. EnviroSlat isn’t traditional timber, so it won’t need painting or oiling, and unlike timber it won’t cup, split, rot or crack. EnviroSlat gives you the look of timber without the hassles associated with maintenance or product degradation. It even works well for garden edging.

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w ro u g h t by d e s i g n Create a beautiful space you’ll love coming home to with handcrafted architectural pieces in wrought iron

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ivas Design creates outdoor mirrors and trellis wall features in wrought iron to transform gardens, courtyards and balconies into stunning outdoor rooms for elegant living and entertaining. Available direct from the designer, Rivas Design pieces are known for their excellence in style and quality manufacturing at affordable prices. Rivas Design’s collection of fine wrought-iron accessories will turn any garden into a beautiful Eden you’ll want to spend time in. Choose from a wide range of outdoor mirrors or wall features in elegant shapes and swirls or modern angles and lines and make your outdoor space shine. Outdoor mirrors are perfect for catching

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reflections of soothing green garden spaces and stunning views as they bounce luscious reflections into unexpected places. Courtyard walls come to life with deflected vistas that appear to expand the space. When used as a feature behind a pool, outdoor mirrors deliver an impact that is hard to ignore. Perfect for filling an empty wall, outdoor mirrors will break up a bland space and bring in additional natural light. For a quick garden makeover, outdoor mirrors add instant style, and on the wall of an outdoor room will capture the essence of alfresco living. While during the day mirrors reflect natural light, at night they can sparkle with the reflection of firelight or fairy lights to create an unpredicted artistic statement.


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A versatile accessory well suited for a variety of settings, outdoor mirrors complement most styles and are available in a range of different sizes to suit multiple spaces. While a single mirror will make a statement in some spaces, others might benefit from a repeat design that reaches across a larger area and creates a fabulous running feature. The Rivas Design range of outdoor mirrors and wall features are individually crafted in solid wrought iron, then hot-dip galvanised to ensure longevity and durability, so they always look great outdoors. View the entire range and order online direct from the Rivas Design website. Not sure where to start? Rivas Design offers personalised service to assist you with help throughout the design and manufacture process, so contact the company today.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Rivas Design P 02 9692 0102 M 0416 041 504 W rivasdesign.com.au

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People’s Choice

GARDEN IDEA AWARDS 2016 WINNER SOIL & FERTILISER CATEGORY

healthier soil. healthier plants Grow brighter flowers, bigger fruits and vegetables, and more prolific herbs in your garden

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he garden care range of products from Earthlife will help you to grow nutrient-rich food using minerals, trace elements and beneficial microbes for healthier living. With its range of rock mineral-based soil conditioners and fertilisers, Earthlife seeks to address the mineral depletion issue in Australian soils and enhance moisture and nutrients. Earthlife products improve friability and soil structure, enhance root development, and encourage more lush foliage for flowers and vegetables. With Australian soils depleted in minerals, using a soil conditioner to replace the minerals that are missing will improve soil viability. For example, in clay soils, using Earthlife products will provide better moisture penetration, softer soil and reduce the effects of waterlogging. With sandy soils, garden care products will bind sand particles together, which

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reduces nutrient leeching and improves moisture availability. With a range of products for a variety of garden needs, Earthlife has you covered with its Rock Mineral blends for flowers, fruit, veggies and gardens, as well as lawns. There is also Break Down, an enzyme-based organic product that breaks down dead plant material. All Earthlife products are vegan-friendly and pet-friendly. According to Kate Wall, a garden consultant, educator and satisfied customer, “My approach to gardening is to use fewer products, so I was hesitant to try something new. Garden Mate proved to be a wonderful discovery for me. This product is safe and highly effective in every garden situation and in all soil types. Even better, it replaces so many other products. I can now help clients to create amazing supercharged gardens that are organic and

support strong and natural plant growth with just one product. With 60 different minerals and 30 different soil microbes, you can be absolutely sure that whatever you are growing, Garden Mate will help to grow it stronger and bigger, with more flowers and better flavour. Stronger plants also mean less need for pest and disease control. The outcome is a fabulous garden which does not require so many other products.” Earthlife garden care products won the 2016 People’s Choice Garden Idea Award. Visit the Earthlife website to find your nearest stockist.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Earthlife Pty Ltd P 07 4633 2219 E enquiries@earthlife.com.au W www.earthlife.com.au


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and easy to install • A permanent and permeable solution • Ideal for parking on grass and grass driveways • Prevents cars creating ruts and damaging grass For more information phone 1300 130 123 or visit our website


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jewel of the sea Grow better-quality plants and produce without using chemicals

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ave you ever taken a bite from an organic or homegrown vegetable and thought how different it tastes from the produce at the supermarket? There’s no doubt commercial fruit and vegetables have lost flavour and quality over the years, but you don’t have to settle for an inferior product. You can grow quality fruit and vegetables in your own backyard that simply burst with flavour without using chemical fertilisers or bug sprays. Seagold is a soluble seaweed extract made from fresh seaweed (algae) such as Ascophyllum nodosum, Sargassum and Laminarials, which are rich in micronutrients and natural hormones. Put away all those chemical fertilisers with technical names that you can’t even pronounce and smell like they would be more at home in a paint factory, and take the first step to

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growing your own fresh fruit and vegetables that are actually good for you. Seagold is a natural, non-toxic and nonpolluting soil conditioner which improves quality in all crops by strengthening the cell walls and boosting the plant’s natural resistance to disease and adverse conditions. It promotes the development of vigorous root systems for the plant to access nutrients and water, which ultimately leads to increased yields. Improved quality is evident in bolder foliage, enhanced skin colour and texture, higher sugar content and longer shelf life. Additional applications can be made immediately prior to or following stress periods such as frost or drought. Seagold is available in container sizes to suit any garden, even those with very little storage. This means no bulky, heavy bags to lift and store. The company’s kelp products are so concentrated that just 150g will make 150L of ready-to-use liquid fertiliser.

Seagold’s kelp powder readily dissolves in water and can be applied in just minutes to the plant roots or direct to the leaves. As it is rapidly absorbed into the leaves of plants, the effect is fast and the plant food is delivered right to where it is needed. For an even greater effect, you can add some to the root zone of the plants as well. This will deliver a sustained boost to the plant. Seagold liquid fertiliser can be used on a wide range of crops and plants including many flowers, palm trees and herbs. The product is available in garden or nursery centres across the country.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Seagold P 0410 335 633 E admin@seagold.com.au W seagold.com.au


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luxury layabout The Kettal Cottage daybed designed by Patricia Urquiola is a delightful outdoor structure with a streamlined, minimalist and modern aesthetic. Wooden struts provide the support for the aluminium-coated triangular frame draped with the collection’s Nido fabric. This delightful cabana can comfortably house up to two people and is a great space for a little outdoor fun in the sun. The Cottage daybed comes in a choice of several colours and finishes. mobilia.com.au

SEASIDE STATEMENT The Sea Urchin Wire with Mirror is a unique wall sculpture from metal art studio Entanglements. This metal masterpiece is an intricate wire construction with internally supported mirrors. Each sculpture has its own individual character, with colour variations an intentional part of the design to keep each piece matchless. The flat rod construction makes for a subtle and delicate statement with an abstract yet distinctly oceanic flair. Available in Antique White. entanglements.com.au

A PIT OF WARMTH Keep warm outdoors with this low-profile firepit from Fire Pits Direct. The 1.2m circular surround encourages gathering and conversation among friends and forms a stunning centrepiece in any outdoor space. The Ayre firepit is an environmentally friendly ethanol burner with concrete composite surround — providing all the strength of traditional cement with only a fraction of the weight. The shallow dish surrounding the burner can be filled with decorative stones to match your decor and is available in Natural, Bone, Graphite and Rust concrete hues. firepitsdirect.com.au

feisty flair The Maya lounger from Fenton & Fenton is a fun frolic in outdoor furniture. The wide seat and low-slung frame invites you to settle in with a margarita on a hot summer’s day. Featuring an aluminium frame and polyester rope seat construction, the Maya offers durable support that will weather well outside. Available in a range of vibrant colours, this comfortable lounger will give your outdoor space that festive feel all summer long. fentonandfenton.com.au

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P RO D U CT PI C KS TECH-SAVVY TIMER For the gardening geek! The Holman Bluetooth Tap Timer allows you to control your garden irrigation from your smart phone or tablet. Part of the Smart Control gardener range that aids you in using your smart device to control all the programming interface functions on your tap timers or irrigation controllers, this tech-savvy product gives you complete management of your garden watering needs. Access your watering options through the Holman Water app and you can manage up to eight tap timers, which can be programmed to water sequentially as needed. Take the time-suck out of watering and spend more time enjoying your garden with this handy device from Holman Industries. Available from Bunnings. holman.com.au

outdoor elegance Stay toasty outdoors with the Heatstrip Elegance radiant heating system from Thermofilm. Demonstrating premium style, the Elegance is the world’s first true outdoor-rated strip heater that blends with any alfresco space. The superior heating element technology produces a more even temperature distribution, allowing the heater to operate at higher temperatures to provide greater comfort. The compact design of the Elegance takes up less surface area in outdoor rooms and comes with several mounting options — wall, ceiling or wire suspension. Designed and assembled in Australia, the Heatstrip Elegance range is constructed of corrosion-resistant alloy and is suitable for all outdoor spaces, including coastal areas. IP55-rated for safe outdoor use. thermofilm.com.au

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CLUCKER OF AN IDEA Chickens in the backyard are making a comeback! With many urban households looking to produce their own food and live a more eco-conscious lifestyle, it’s no surprise that keeping chickens in the yard is coming back into vogue. For the urban eco-warrior, the Eglu Cube chicken coop from Omlet Australia is just the thing. Made of easy-to-clean plastic with twin-walled insulation and a slide-out dropping tray, the Eglu Cube is a no-maintenance option for your egg-laying friends. Set on wheels, it is highly manoeuvrable, which is good for the lawn, and comes with a 2m run that can be extended to give your chicks more room to move safely. omlet.com.au

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SunShield Wood Conditioner & Protectant from Howard Products Australia gives your timber deck and outdoor furniture the shield it needs to keep it in tip-top shape. SunShield is a non-toxic product that penetrates timber with natural orange oil and mineral oil and coats it with a thin layer of Brazilian carnauba wax to protect it from exposure to the elements and stop it from drying out and cracking or splitting. Offering a naturallooking and durable finish, SunShield is easy to maintain, requiring a top-up coat only once every 12 to 18 months. howardproducts.com.au


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solid style Versatile, hard-wearing and easily moulded into countless forms, it’s no wonder concrete is in high demand for furniture today. Right on trend as always, Schots has a wide range of concrete outdoor furniture that is virtually running out the door. The company’s everpopular Vault bench is the perfect example of form meeting function. A mix of cement and natural jute-like fibre, the Vault is a lightweight piece with Corten steel legs that give it that authentic industrial feel. Pre-sealed with a water-resistant acrylic sealer, the Vault is made to withstand the rigours of outdoor living in Australia. schots.com.au

GABION GREATNESS No longer just for retaining walls, gabion cages are now being used for architectural features in a variety of ways. Available in a range of sizes and wire gauges, gabions can be used for walls, stairs, seating or firepits. They even work well in your landscape as planters and water features. Experts in architectural gabions, Permathene Australia supplies gabion cages in stainless steel, PVC-coated, hexagonal mesh and Al-Ten (a unique aluminium-and-zinc-coated steel wire). And the best part is, with so many different types of landscape rock on the market, you can fill your gabions with stones in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes to match any design. permathene.com.au

GARDEN GLORY Just because it sits outside doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. The Garden Glory hose collection is made with mix-and-match fixtures in a range of stylish colours, allowing you to get your garden glam on. Made in Scandinavia of the highest-quality materials, this stylish waterer is dirt-repellent and UVprotected so it won’t bleach or dry out in the sun. A knitted reinforcement surrounds the inner tube to make it pliable, preventing kinking and taking the frustration out of watering your garden. At 20m in length, the Garden Glory hose will give you plenty of stretch, and its 4kg weight means it’s easy enough to pick up and move around as needed. top3.com.au

jewel of the sea If you don’t like the idea of using chemicals in your garden, Liquid Kelp fertiliser from Seagold is the answer to healthy growth without the use of harmful synthetics. One of the first suppliers of quality kelp and seaweed products, Seagold produces the finest natural liquid garden fertilisers on the market. The company’s Liquid Kelp fertiliser is garnered from the best sources in the world and offers a wide variety of benefits to both home gardens and horticultural ventures. Increasing resistance to insect and fungal attack, Liquid Kelp will help to increase flowering, improve fruit quality and proliferation. Suitable for most plants, this liquid wonder helps to reduce plant disease and improves the water-holding properties of soil to support strong plant growth. seagold.com.au

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sit. relax. revive The stylish Swing Sun lounger designed by Unopiu is both comfortable and functional. The curved teak slats give this chaise an elegance evocative of the Orient, while the minimalist design and honey-hued timber combine to offer a sinuous form that cradles the body for the ultimate in relaxation. An ideal material for outdoor use due to its ability to weather exposure to sun, wind and rain, this teak treasure will provide the perfect perch for enjoying the sun for years to come. A feature piece on its own, the Swing SL can also be stacked with other Swing loungers for convenient storage when not in use. ultimointeriors.com.au

SCREEN IT Need privacy or protection from the elements, or just want a focal point in your landscape? Decorative screens fulfil all of these functions and look darn good while doing it. A specialist in decorative screening, Urban Design Systems has hundreds of standard patterns to choose from, or they can create a custom screen just for you that will take your outdoor zone to the next level. This weathered steel panel series called Dots forms the perfect privacy barrier around the hot tub and makes for an interesting feature that perfectly complements the landscape. Decorative screens are available in a choice of materials, including Corten “rusty” steel, aluminium, stainless steel, Weathertex (undressed timber board) and more, so you’re sure to find the right finish for your outdoor space. urbandesignsystems.com.au

COVER UP Want flexibility in your awning for maximum coverage? The Weinor Plaza Viva outdoor awning features a waterproof fabric roof that fully retracts into the rear cassette. The fabric roof is 'zipped' into the side channels to provide seamless coverage, but is easily retracted when not in use. The sturdy structure is particularly resistant to being uplifted by surging winds and the adjustable posts help you to create the right angle for your needs. Elegant and convenient accessories such as the Paravento side screen, Tempura patio heating or state-of-the-art LED light provide additional comfort and even more increased usage of your Plaza Viva outdoor awning. Choose from a selection of 155 fabric patterns and 56 frame colours. petermeyerblinds.com.au

verdant and vibrant The Terrazza planter from Fermob comes in a range of vibrant powdercoated colours that will add a touch of pizzazz to any outdoor space. Its clean lines and folded sheet steel design are ideal for the presentation of generous and lush foliage. Available in three heights, these voluminous planters can be stacked or staggered along walls or in courtyards in a variety of configurations to maximise your planting options. The varying heights also provide an opportunity to create a privacy barrier in small spaces like a balcony, or to section off areas to create zones for entertaining. Available in a selection of 22 bright and attractive colours. classicwithatwist.com.au

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FLEXIBLE STEEL GARDEN EDGING THAT BENDS TO VIRTUALLY ANY SHAPE FOR LAWNS, DRIVES, PATHS, FLOWER AND VEGETABLE BEDS DURABLE: Made from 1.6mm gauge mild steel galvanised and powder coated or with a Cor-Ten® rusted finish VERSATILE: Bends to virtually any shape and suits all soil types UNOBTRUSIVE: Intended to be mown over, available in metre lengths in various depths and colours SIMPLE TO INSTALL: Hammered directly into the ground and easily interlocked. No extra pins, pegs or joiners

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advertisers' index amber tiles.................................................... 21 all stake supply ........................................... 137 australian barbeque manufacturers .............................................. 87 bali republic .................................................. 10 cinajus ....................................................... OBC cosh outdoor living .........................................4 crave stainless designs .............................. 117 dry-treat ...................................................... 124

earth life pty ltd ............................................ 79 everedge...................................................... 143 futurewood .................................................... 41 heatlie ........................................................... 90 holman industries ...................................... 105 howards products ......................................... 35 oceanblue living .......................................... 101 outdeco .......................................................IBC outrigger awnings & sails ............................ 46

permathene .................................................. 29 rivas design.....................................................3 schots home emporium .................................8 seagold kelp & seaweed supplies ............. 108 thermofilm .................................................... 67 toro ..................................................................6 unique firepits ............................................... 63 urban design systems .................................. 57 water features direct .................................. 113

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