Year-round entertaining

Monday, 07 September, 2015 | Supplied by: Sand and Stone Landscapes


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The days of a pool being a separate, stand-alone backyard feature are gone. Today’s home owner demands a distinctive, integrated outdoor entertaining area that offers year-round usability and creates a link to existing elements of the home.

For the owners of this previously modest backyard and pool, a focus on privacy, entertaining and flexibility was key to the design and development of a new outdoor space. The brief was to modernise the backyard using natural materials, utilising the existing hedges to maintain privacy and to allow for a variety of entertaining spaces with new gardens to complement the design.

They wanted to take the indoor space outside and to incorporate a TV, fireplace and barbecue, making the space suitable for year-round entertaining. The vision was to create an area for relaxation and dining with friends and family, all while the kids played nearby in the pool. Finally, they wanted to ensure that the design would provide an area that could be enjoyed for many years to come. Landscape design and construction experts Sand and Stone Landscapes developed a plan that met the brief on all counts and delivered a suburban oasis for year-round use.

The first stage of the 14-week project was to drain the pool and to remove existing pavers, waterline tiles and the pool fence. Unwanted trees and plants were removed and the yard excavated down to the required height.

Autumn Travertine tiles and Spanish mosaic waterline tiles were installed around the pool area. A feature wall clad in Alpine stone was added to the back of the pool, providing a visual point of interest. The existing pool wall was raised and cement rendered to match the elements already in place. Finally, the addition of a a frameless glass pool fence helped to create a feeling of spaciousness and allowed the owners to easily keep an eye on the kids.

A feature wall clad in natural stone is a stunning addition to the design.

The main feature of the outdoor patio is a stone fireplace incorporating a 1.2 m x 800 mm x 3 m high column made of 800 bricks, which was then clad in Alpine stone using adhesive. The fireplace is surrounded by timber bench seating built from Spotted Gum hardwood and the stone fireplace surround features a television, effectively adding an additional living space to the home.

The use of natural materials creates a sense of warmth 

Autumn Travertine tiles laid in a French pattern around the patio and pool area ensure a seamless transition between the spaces, visually linking the area. The addition of a Vergola roof system helps bring the indoor space outside and creates light and warmth during the cooler winter months.

The patio extends the living area, connecting indoors and out

A barbecue area under the pergola, positioned near the pool, creates an additional entertaining space with all the amenities of a kitchen. A 13 m2 Spotted Gum timber deck and tiled pergola are designed to match the house roof, further linking the new area to the existing one.

The separate pergola houses an outdoor kitchen, providing the perfect entertaining space.

The turf area incorporates 70 m2 of Sir Walter Buffalo turf. The low-maintenance turf is ideal for the harsh Australian environment and is particularly suited to pool areas, as it is both soft underfoot and easy to look after. Nine stepping stones linking the patio area to the barbecue pergola create a seamless link. Soft mall mulch was used to create an area for the kids’ trampoline and the existing Murraya hedge was supplemented with the planting of Elecarpus Emundii around the pool. Garden beds feature a drip line irrigation system and the lawn is maintained using watering pop-ups.

The use of natural materials throughout the project creates a sense of warmth for the outdoor area and delivers a timeless design that the owners will enjoy for many years to come.

Online: www.sandandstonelandscapes.com.au
Phone: 0410 654 941
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