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The evolution of design mirrors the final transition to
seamless integration of indoor and outdoor spaces –
the possibilities are now endless.
It has taken a long time to shake our cold-climate, English-inspired approach to outdoor/indoor living,
where food was prepared in the kitchen, meals were eaten in the dining room and the rest of the time was
spent in the living room.
The backyard, or ‘out back’ was leftover functional space where rubbish was stored, the clothes were
hung, chooks were kept, the dogs slept and the kids played.
Modern-day design reflects a return to village living, with indoor and outdoor kitchens at the hub, and
the lines between indoors and outdoors and the pool and living spaces forever blurred.
The impact on design starts from day one. The days of the backyard being treated as an after-thought,
as the space left over to deal with once the house has been designed, are over. Increasingly, landscape
architects and designers are consulted as part of the design process from day one.
Technology is helping, especially when it comes to pools (p116). Ozone purification systems require less
space and avoid that chlorine smell; composite materials provide a wood effect but with low maintenance;
and solar heating is minimising our ecological footprint.
While our World Class feature (p44) takes you from South Africa to Lebanon and even Mexico to look
at how others create spectacular results in response to their city’s climate, Australian Style (p64) pays
homage to inspiring designs closer to home.
Design Directions (p84) looks at garden elements that combine to make an outdoor area unique no
matter how much space you have to work with, while Style File (p100) provides all the final touches in
the way of products that bring all the elements together.
So that you can stay on top of the latest products and services in the industry, flick through to our
landscape architect, designer and supplier profiles from p136. They’ll provide you with the industry
knowledge and know-how to ensure a smooth process from beginning to end.
With this edition of Outdoors & Gardens, we hope not only to provide you with a number of inspiring
designs and products, but also to prepare you for the myriad decisions that need to be made – particularly
at the very early stages of the project. Enjoy.
Claire Watkins | Editor
ON THE COVER
Flawless design and impeccable attention to
detail ensured the success of this outdoor space.
The continuous flow of marble-tile flooring
enhances the seamless integration from indoor
to outdoor, while a unique moat at the end of the
pool removed the need for pool fencing. Read
more about this project on p80. Giorgi Exclusive
Homes, www.giorgiexclusivehomes.com .au.
Styling: Ultimo (08) 9201 2479,
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