Bringing the Outside In

Bringing the Outside In


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The weather is warming up, we’re slowly thawing out from the winter chill, and allowing thoughts of summer barbeques, ice cream and swimming pools to creep into our minds.

Summer is the best time for entertaining, and now is the time to get your home summer-ready.

5 tips to bring the good times to your house over and over:

1.Create focal points- Look out of each window of your house and think about the view that the window is framing. The view from the window is a “picture” on the wall. Would a carefully placed pot plant or two bring that view to life? Would you prefer the view of your neighbour’s roof to be blocked by something more appealing?

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 Courtyard Garden Paddington by Secret Gardens

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Does the space outside the window seem to be a “nothing” space? A side corridor or walkway? Turn it into a little courtyard. Hanging gardens/ wall-mounted greenery/ screens are perfect for defining a little space.

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Larger spaces can be defined by breaking them up with greenery and screens or seats.

2. Define entertainment areas- just like rooms inside your house, the outdoor areas also need to be defined. Break up long decks and patios according to the use of the spaces, i.e. seating, food preparation or dining areas. This way your furniture will have “a place”, rather than looking lost or cluttered in the expanse of the deck/patio/garden. Consider covering outdoor entertainment areas with a roof, so that it creates a comfortable weatherproof and shaded area. This will also allow you to leave furniture outside so that it is readily available for casual everyday use, as well as make preparation for guests less of a chore.

Pool pavilion at Castle Hill
Design by Craig and Kalene Cassie
Built by DJ Constructions
Photograph: Darren Chung

There are various ways to create a new roof, separate to your house, without major work to your existing roof. Roofs that are independent of the house or “floating” can sometimes work really well for outdoor entertainment areas.

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If you’re building new roofs, pergolas, balustrades or floors, this is the opportunity to integrate the design and type of materials to consolidate the space.

Scout Island by Alterstudio Architects & Designers

Harsh west afternoon sun is best dealt with by the use of vertical screens or greenery to filter or block out the west light.

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3. Let the outdoors flow into your house. This is as simple as opening windows and doors to the outdoors. Make the
deck/ patio/ courtyards easily accessible.

A really useful change to your kitchen is a servery with bi-fold or stacking windows from the kitchen benchtops out to the entertainment area.

If insects are bothering you, you won’t open those windows or doors, so flyscreens may be the only items you need to add to your house to make it more convenient to open it up to the outdoors.

4. Make your house live and breathe- Before you reach for the aircon button, open doors and windows for airflow. Be
aware of the shady spots inside your house, and open those windows for cool air to flow in. You need to open windows on opposite sides of the room to get the air to flow through. Fans will help if this is not possible.

High level windows and operable skylights are great for getting air flowing. As the hot air rises and is released through the higher windows, cool air is drawn through the house from open windows elsewhere. This chimney effect can also be created with stairwells. Open some windows upstairs and see how the air starts flowing through the lower part of your house as well.

Kellyville House. Design by Craig and Kalene Cassie. Photo: author’s own

5. And lastly, Water Features are not only calming and lovely to look at, but placed near a doorway, they cool the
air down, further benefiting your airflow into the house.

Duffy’s Forest Garden by Joanne Green Landscape Designs

Enjoy your home this summer.

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