10 Best Outdoor Designs Ideas

Thanks to the design and construction expertise of Fifth Season Landscapes, the owners of this Sydney property have a garden that exceeds expectations. The enticing, easy-touse entertainer’s garden seamlessly blends classic stone and timber with contemporary polished concrete and curved glass. “The client brief was to update an existing outdoor space by providing an adaptable weatherproof area that would allow for winter sun and natural light. We were also asked to provide adequate space for outdoor dining, along with a built-in cooking area,” says Phil Antcliff, director of Fifth Season Landscapes.

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Of equal importance was ensuring the new space forged a seamless connection with the existing garden areas, which included a swimming pool. “The pivotal point in the garden is the spotted gum decking. This deck is the link between the barbecue, pool, house and garden,” says Phil. Fifth Season Landscapes chose a wide decking board to reduce lines and enhance the scale of the project. To complement the decking and add more warmth, the screening was built of mixed hardwood battens fixed to a hidden steel frame. “The hardwood privacy screen with its ‘secret’ fixing acts as a great design feature but also as a non-climbable pool fence,” adds Phil.

For the paving, the design team chose Beauford limestone from Eco Outdoor, attracted by its natural colour variations and large-format size. “The natural stone paving works in total harmony with one of our favourite features — the custom-made polished concrete barbecue and dining bench,” says Phil. The integrated four-burner barbecue is an essential component of the casual entertaining space, as is the furniture, which includes a Porto table and matching benches from Eco Outdoor. The cooking and dining area is protected by a motorised louvred Vergola roof that ensures this is an outdoor room for all seasons. Another special feature is the frameless glass pool fence. This was set in a channel and incorporates a curved panel to increase the feeling of space on the rear terrace. The glass also ensures unobstructed views of the established planting as well as the limited number of new plants, such as the Rhaphiolepis ‘Oriental Pearl’ planted along the hardwood screen in the pool area. “With a pool of this size so close to the house, it was extremely important that it wasn’t the dominating feature of the garden,” concludes Phil. “While the pool looks great, it was important for us to incorporate other strong elements to bring the whole garden together.” And on this count, they have certainly succeeded.

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