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Beautiful outdoor living spaces

By Holly Sprott

Living in a country as beautiful as Australia, it’s only natural to want your own slice of The Great Outdoors. Create your own oasis with these beautiful outdoor living spaces.

Indoor-outdoor rooms
Combining the comfort of indoors with the purity of outdoors, indoor-outdoor rooms are the essence of luxury living. These open-air rooms are similar to a patio, but are designed with extra comforts.

If you’re designing an indoor-outdoor room from scratch, elements such as roofing, exterior shutters, overhead fans, outdoor heating, outdoor seating and a barbecue are essential. Add colourful outdoor cushions, potted plants and sunlounges for that quintessential paradise look and feel.

Timber decking
Sturdy and stylish, the timber deck is still one of the most popular outdoor additions to Australian homes. These areas are the perfect spot to put your feet up on a balmy afternoon, or entertain family and friends. Raise your deck to deluxe status by adding contemporary outdoor furniture, mood lighting, overhead shading, potted plants and a barbecue.

Alfresco kitchens
Gourmet chefs no longer need to confine their prowess to the home kitchen. Alfresco dining is taken to a whole new level with alfresco kitchens. Another lavish outdoor addition, outdoor kitchens can be added on to a patio area, indoor-outdoor room or built as a standalone space in the garden. Along with a cooker, oven and sink, outdoor kitchens can include a mounted TV, outdoor heating and cooling, and a dining set, depending on how much space there is to work with.

Outdoor pools
Fewer outdoor additions say paradise more than a pool. If you’re lucky enough to already have a pool, complement the idyll by adding a few outdoor sunlounges, an oversized umbrella and potted palm trees.

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