The brief for this backyard from a family with two young kids and a huge extended family was twofold. First it needed to be a tranquil place for relaxing, and second it needed to feel large enough to regularly host extended family gatherings. The homeowners also requested a modern look that was balanced by lots of greenery.
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Iconic Design & Landscaping ticked all of the clients’ boxes with this innovative and impressive design. “The outdoor space was quite small, so we came up with a concept that made the space feel bigger,” says Nathan Boutros, owner of Iconic Design & Landscaping. Clever design ideas such as the floating alfresco structure, floating table and frameless glass fencing all play a part in making the space feel larger. Additionally, the designers have used vertical space well in many areas of this project as a way to add interest without cluttering the area. The Mop Top Catalpa trees and the foliage alfresco feature wall create the illusion of space, drawing the eye upwards. A 7m x 4m pool sits in the corner of the property with a custom-designed water feature that fuses water and fire in a unique way.
“The clients wanted something special that would draw the eye to the corner of the pool, so we came up with this idea to mix fire and water,” explains Nathan. “The two water spouts intersect, creating a unique waterfall and the clients absolutely love it. It’s completely different to what we normally see and it’s become an interesting talking point for their guests.” A cantilevered alfresco area provides shelter for an outdoor kitchen, which is fully equipped with a pizza oven, barbecue, bar fridge and floating fireplace. A cantilevered floating table ties in with the floating look, all deliberately designed to make the space feel more open and spacious, and to make the furniture integrate into the backyard. “The cantilevered roof and table were both engineering challenges that paid off in the end,” continues Nathan. “The biggest challenge we had was the floating table. As the stone is natural, we weren’t able to predict the deflection of the individual piece until we had it on site. When we put the stone in, we realised it deflected 8mm beyond what it should have, so we had to remove it and rework the steel frame.” Other than this anticipated hiccup, the project was smooth sailing and the clients are thrilled with the luxurious backyard that’s been created.
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