Home' Outdoors : WAs Best Outdoors and Gardens 2010-11 Contents 42 WA’s Best Outdoors & Gardens 2011
Sophisticated systems are bringing
lounge room potential to our outdoors
Television and audiovisual equipment that’s purpose
built to withstand the outdoors is increasingly
popular. Available right up to 70 inches, screens
are anti-glare and are designed to protect
against damage from dirt, dust, rain, insects and
condensation – ideal for watching the footy while
standing at the barbecue, or relaxing in the pool.
“Today there are custom-made outdoor
audiovisual products available that are really
designed to be used outside – they’re designed
to withstand the elements and give you a great
picture and sounds in an outdoor environment,”
says Mark Jeisman, co -director at Surround
Sounds. “T hey’re also effectively designed to fit
into outdoor areas. Concealment is important, so
now we have lifting devices that can bring a screen
into view when it’s needed by rising it up out of a
bench, or dropping it down from the ceiling.”
However, for most, music is still the number
one priority for outdoor entertaining. “ We have
digital music systems now that allow wireless
control over the music outside, and speakers
that can be built into the landscape so that they
become invisible,” explains Mark.
A good-quality, outdoor-rated music set-up,
such as the Sonos Music System, can be bought
for under $1000, while an outdoor screen will start
at around $4000.
Fire pits make a stylish addition
to any outdoor space
“On a recent trip to Europe, I noticed
fire pits had become a really big thing,”
says Principal Landscapes’ Cullen
Longbottom. “Of course, Europeans
experience colder winters than we do in
Australia, however this trend is starting
to take off here, too. While we don’t use
(fire pits or outdoor fireplaces) through
summer, they do provide another feature,
another dimension, and a talking point.
In my opinion, there’s nothing like sitting
around an open flame in winter enjoying
good wine and great food.”
Fire pits, from the integrated style by Dane Designs
(left) to the free-standing model by Unique Metals
and Laser (above), are about more than just warmth
– they also make good conversation pieces.
CONTACTS Blake Willis Landscape Architects 0425 269 102; CultivArt 0414 865 747, www.cultivart.com.au; Exclusive Pools (08) 9344 2366, www.exclusivepools.com.au;
Kensington Design (08) 9438 3288, www.kensingtondesign.com.au; Principal Landscapes 0402 902 346, www.principallandscapes.com.au; Surround Sounds (08) 9389 6900,
www.surroundsounds.com.au; Unique Metals and Laser (08) 9303 2366, www.uniquemetalworks.net; Zanthorrea Nursery (08) 9454 6260, www.zanthorrea.com.
Lighting has come a long way.
No longer just a practical part of
the landscape, it’s now a major
feature used to create mood
and interest, and draw the eye,
as well as provide the obvious
practical benefits. To be truly
successful, lighting needs to
be considered in the planning
stages so that the right cabling
is laid. Then, once power flows
to the site, there’s a wide range
of lighting options for people to
choose from – there’s fibre-optic
products, under water lights,
subtle recessed fixtures, endless
LED options and much more.
Special effects, such as cross-
and uplighting, shadowing, wash
lighting and silhouetting are also
being use to create ambience in
your outdoor area.
Newforms Landscape Architecture & Phase3
Landscape Construction worked here to create
beautiful interplay between the light and the water.
Audiovisual devices, like the Bose FreeSpace 51
Environmental Speakers, are becoming must-haves
for outdoor entertainment.
16/9/10 8:12:22 AM
16/9/10 8:12:22 AM
Links Archive WAs Best Outdoors and Gardens 2009 WAs Best Outdoors and Gardens 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page