Backyard utopia

Monday, 03 October, 2016 | Supplied by: Utopia Landscape Design


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This contemporary home has been built on a heavily sloping block so it required its fair share of retaining walls when constructed. The light-coloured rendered block walls and fences provide clean lines which, due to their scale, have been subdued through the use of quartz stone cladding and lime and chocolate feature colours.

Porcelain tiles continue the modern look through the entry path, rear patio, pool surround and step areas, and have been contrasted with timber decking, seating and ceiling of the outdoor kitchen area.

The outdoor seating area.

The timber deck was designed for two purposes: firstly, as a spillover area connected to the rear patio when entertaining larger groups; and secondly, as a retreat area at the back of the garden to allow the residents to enjoy the shade in the afternoon or a sunny spot in the early morning using the stone and timber bench seats. Additionally, outdoor furniture can be added to create an outdoor lounge area, so the space is very flexible.

The slimline pool is positioned for easy access and features prominently with the added sound of an integrated waterfall. There is enough room for sun lounges to capture the rays. The outdoor kitchen was designed to fit into an awkward space and provides excellent functionality with the lure of cool drinks on display in the integrated glass door fridge.

Shot overlooking the pool back towards the house.

The tropical plant palette is a mix of lush foliage from variegated ginger, heliconias, native gardenia and philodendrons, and splashes of colour from Cordyline Negra, Pink Diamond and Miss Andrea as well as assorted Neoregelia and crotons.

Feature elements include a cantilevered laser-cut awning which provides patterned shade on the deck below, matching laser-cut wall features and an integrated bioethanol fireplace. Lighting has been integrated throughout to add that extra dimension in the evening as well as safe access where needed.

This project was featured in the 2016 Hidden Design Festival, which opens up private gardens and outdoor spaces to the public. Many of these gardens had never before been opened to the public and are unlikely to be open again. Hidden Design Festival is organised and managed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM).

Detail of the outdoor kitchen and planter behind the pool.

Images courtesy of Utopia Landscape Design.

Originally published here.

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