COURT­ING SUC­CESS

Cherie Bar­ber trans­forms a dreary out­door space.

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - WITH CHERIE BAR­BER

Cherie Bar­ber makes a dreary out­door area at­trac­tive, ver­sa­tile and use­ful.

AN EN­TIC­ING BAL­CONY or court­yard is like a whole ex­tra room to en­joy all year round. Why set­tle for some­thing bland and bor­ing when you can cre­ate a re­sort-style oa­sis on a bud­get? This half-day makeover re­lied mainly on paint, plants and an in­ge­nious DIY deck­ing sys­tem to turn a bleak slab of con­crete into a gor­geous out­door room.

MAK­ING THE CHANGES

Step one of the makeover was to thor­oughly clean the whole area, then give the walls a coat of a muted grey, all-weather paint. Then it was ready for the big­gest change: cre­at­ing a new floor with the Good Times mod­u­lar deck­ing sys­tem (Good­times­deck­ing.com). This DIY sys­tem doesn’t re­quire any holes or foot­ings, as the fram­ing is laid di­rectly over the ex­ist­ing sur­face. So it’s ide­ally suited to rental prop­er­ties, too, as it can be sim­ply packed up and taken away with you.

For this makeover, the mod­u­lar deck­ing sys­tem served more than one pur­pose. I used it to pro­vide much­needed pri­vacy screen­ing at ei­ther end of the court­yard. It was also used in the con­struc­tion of a comfy day bed.

To en­hance the warm tim­ber tones, lash­ings of green­ery were then added.

I used the Holman Green­wall Ver­ti­cal Gar­den kit from Bun­nings to cre­ate a wall herb gar­den. This is both a prac­ti­cal and vis­ually ap­peal­ing so­lu­tion on what I call the “strate­gic fo­cal point”: the wall the own­ers face as soon as they step out­side the house.

DRESS IT UP

A piece of wall art pur­chased from Bun­nings, spray-painted sil­ver and cen­trally po­si­tioned, fur­ther en­hances this wall. Ei­ther side, cre­at­ing per­fect sym­me­try, is a trio of planted pots and ver­ti­cal gar­den. Plenty of colour­ful cush­ions, pot­ted colour, a cou­ple of quirky birds and the owner’s orig­i­nal table and chairs com­plete this use­ful and en­chant­ing out­door room.

Bland to beau­ti­ful Now a pri­vate out­door room, the court­yard is per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing. Room for im­prove­ment The orig­i­nal space was grey and un­invit­ing.

In­stant ap­peal

Tim­ber and green­ery are a wel­com­ing com­bi­na­tion.

Open to all

The ex­ist­ing brick wall pro­vided lit­tle screen­ing from neigh­bours. Zoned for liv­ing Fo­cal point Over­size pots and a ver­ti­cal gar­den face the house. The new-look space pro­vides ar­eas for eat­ing and re­lax­ing.

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