Home' Outdoors : WAs Best Outdoors and Gardens 2009 Contents 16 WA's Best Outdoors & Gardens 2010
With a welcome piece of sunshine
streaming through my window,
it's so easy to daydream about
Fortunately, my job takes me there as
I gaze at the stunning landscapes filling
the pages of Outdoors and Gardens
It appears I'm not the only one dreaming
of the great outdoors, with the industry going
from strength to strength. More than ever,
builders and architects are working closely with
landscaping professionals to generate harmony
between a home's interior and exterior.
Using similar materials and finishes in both
spaces is aesthetically pleasing and creates
continuity throughout the home.
Not only this, but pairing your home's designer
with your garden's could potentially save a lot
of heartache and the big bucks.
Landscape designers and architects share stories
with the Scoop team about chipping into cement
pads set by builders once the client realised the
garden of their dreams didn't quite work with the
home's design or layout.
Had the landscapers been involved in the initial
planning stages, much work and dollars would
have been spared.
Take inspiration from the incredible gardens
featured throughout the magazine, from the
round the world special A league of their own
to WA's best in the feature profiles.
Once I have a garden bigger than a shoebox
I know I'll be ripping this magazine to shreds
piecing together all my favourite elements and
presenting my husband with an "I want" collage.
If you've already got the house of your
dreams but know your landscaping needs
a serious makeover, Renovation wonders is
a real eye-opener with the varying aspects
involved to get the look you want.
We also got our contributing landscapers to
share some costs, so you'll know whether said
house of dreams needs remortgaging to finance
the backyard blitz.
With outdoor kitchens and alfresco dining
spaces reaching fever pitch, make your experience
more authentic by growing your own herbs and
vegetables. Nathan Scolaro lets his appetite lead
the way as he selects the top 10 of each to grow
in a WA garden in e grower's guide.
is is one aspect of gardening anyone can do,
especially with the useful tips from our range of
sources from chefs to garden experts.
Also on display are some of WA's top landscapers
in e dirty dozen and if you're looking for wow
factor, these ladies and gentleman have served it
up in spades.
Homegrown talent is something the Scoop team
love to crow about and each of the talents featured
here demonstrates Western Australia is well and
truly on the international landscaping map.
Hopefully you find your own piece of inspiration
on these pages to incorporate into your backyard
haven, with all the necessary contacts to make
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Your outdoor living space should be the
most important part of your home.
When done right, it should be a place
to relax and unwind, meditate and exercise, for
the kids to swim and have fun, for cooking and
eating with outdoor kitchens and wood-fired
ovens, and even a source of fresh and healthy food.
For you and guests to your home it should be
a space you can't wait to be in, night and day,
regardless of the weather and the reason.
When you walk into your garden, your first
reaction should be pride, calm and happiness
-- it should bring a smile to your face and
something you associate with fun and good time.
If done wrong, when neglected or poorly
designed, it can be a relationship-destroying,
life-threatening, dysfunctional eyesore.
e wonderful news is that outdoor space
is the new black in home design.
More and more West Australians are
allocating their new home upgrade and even
their holiday budget into turning their backyard
into a sanctuary with the view of doing more
entertaining and holidaying at home.
Even during the GFC, there has been a huge boom
in the renovations market and much of this has been
spent on landscaping with amazing results.
For new homes, more and more landscape
architects and landscape designers are being
consulted at the planning phase and no longer is
the outdoors simply left to 'making the most' of
whatever space is left over from the house design.
In the past, the result of poor planning has been
major disappointment and huge, unnecessary
costs resulting from re-engineering the house to
accommodate outdoor design.
is is a point reinforced again and again by
WA's landscaping professionals, saying that your
entire block, indoors and outdoors, should be
viewed as one coherent living space.
In our climate, the only trend that makes
sense is the move towards indoor/outdoor living
by combining your total space into a single,
And depending upon your budget, there are no
longer any excuses. e creative talents of WA's
leading landscapers, supported by a wonderful
range of product innovations, make it possible to
turn any space into an outdoor paradise to suit
your personality and lifestyle.
As for DIY, we will let you be the judge...
All at Scoop take great pride in presenting
a combination of international world beaters
and Western Australia's leading products and
inspirational designs in 2010. We wish you the very
best in your outdoor space in the seasons ahead.
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