UP ON THE ROOF
A plain and unloved concrete yard in Bondi Junction has become a stylish yet fun space.
Once drab and grey, this concrete area is now child-friendly, fun and the heart of the home.
THE FRONT AND REAR YARDS at this large terrace house were drab, sparse and full of empty planter boxes with poor drainage problems before owner Kate and her husband Tony enlisted landscape designer Adam Robinson.
Kate is mum to two children, Harry, 6, and Helena, 4, (and is one half of textiles business Kate & Kate), so a space for the kids as well as somewhere to entertain and unwind was a must.
As there was no lawn in the backyard, Adam polished the existing concrete and brought in beanbags and a portable sandpit made from old pallets for the kids. The walls were then painted in dark tones to create mood and depth – which also look great at night when the couple are entertaining – and a large table and chairs and built-in barbecue also caters for this.
Bags of style Beanbags from Eco Outdoor are perfect for the kids to use and they can be hung on hooks on cleaning days. Easy does it A Kate & Kate blanket is a must for chilly days.
Easy entertaining A large dining table from Eco Outdoor and chairs from Kartell are shaded by a large stripey umbrella from
Nothing there Empty, cold and boring – this yard needed a makeover fast! before