Western Australia is renowned for its beautiful climate and luminous light and for many homeowners, creating a gorgeous outside living space is just as important as making a comfortable living area indoors.
Shrinking inner-city block sizes also mean people have to think outside the square to maximise available space. Designers called in to create beautiful homes are now making sure they pay equal attention to outdoor living, with particular emphasis on ensuring the transition between indoors and outdoors is seamless.
With a raw, mixed material palette, rooftop gardens, a two-and-a-half-storey entry void, feature breeze walls and even a koi pond, some may say this house (above) has it all.
Dalecki Design created a U-shape layout for the home, which wraps around a central courtyard and alfresco zone, creating a cohesive indoor-outdoor connection, allowing the owners to have views to the outdoors from all areas of the house.
Located on a 180sqm block, this urban, inner-city three-storey terrace home (pictured above) is light, airy and makes maximum use of every available space.
Many people would think a pool would be out of the question on such a tiny block but this property proves that anything is possible with a bit of creative thinking.
If you’re worried about sliding flywire doors obstructing views, check out the range of great retractable screens on display at Home Base. These can make a big difference to the way you open up your home. We love Freedom Retractable Screens and Awnings WA.
Including an outdoor kitchen is a great way to get more use out of your yard.
eKitchens and Winning Appliances have great outdoor cabinetry and alfresco cooking equipment.
Floors and Decks
While you are at the centre, check out Country Earth and Castlestone to see the gorgeous range of outdoor pavers available. You will also find an extensive range of low-maintenance outdoor decking from Decking Perth, Easy Decks, HardieDeck and Urban Direct Wholesale (NewTechWood).
Shayne Le Roy Design
The above is an award-winning, three-level luxury home overlooking Cottesloe Beach – and has been cleverly designed to allow the owners to enjoy outdoor living and their spectacular views, year round.
Shayne Le Roy says a lot of alfresco areas are designed for seasonal use but with a view as spectacular as this, it is important to make sure the outdoor spaces are comfortable, regardless of the weather.