OUT­DOOR EN­TER­TAIN­ING ZONE

Homes+ (Australia) - - MY BACKYARD -

The per­gola was con­structed us­ing treated pine for the up­rights, base and roof frames, Coola­roo shade cloth on top for sun pro­tec­tion and Ekodeck in Dark Brown for the deck­ing. Ekodeck is made from more than 90 per cent re­claimed tim­ber, bam­boo and re­cy­cled plas­tic, which means it’s far less likely to split or warp and is re­sis­tant to ter­mites, rot, de­cay, mould and mildew. “I’m all about not chop­ping down old-growth forests to have pretty decks,” Jamie says. “Ekodeck is a great prod­uct

– it has a wood grain and comes in a wide range of colours. You can sand it just like wood but there’s no paint­ing or pre-fin­ish­ing – just put it down and our forests are safe.”

The gar­den bed ad­join­ing the en­ter­tain­ment zone is made from the Ridgi re­in­forced re­tain­ing wall sys­tem from Bun­nings. This looks just like real tim­ber but is ac­tu­ally made from con­crete, so the sleep­ers are ter­mite- and rot-re­sis­tant. Ekodeck laid on top of the re­tain­ing wall cre­ates ex­tra seat­ing – handy when weed­ing.

Now the gar­den is com­plete with an en­ter­tain­ing area and a di­verse range of fruit and veg, how does the cou­ple feel? “It’s an oa­sis,” Kim says. “This gar­den has changed our lives. We are go­ing to be out­doors a lot more. Now we will have food that we have grown our­selves, that we can take to our ta­ble and share with our fam­ily and friends.”

Ma­ture banksia in­te­gri­fo­lia and bot­tle­brush will pro­vide pri­vacy. Ekodeck in Dark Brown from Bun­nings. Mata­dor Artiste 4 burner BBQ with side wok burner. The per­gola and fence are painted in Taub­mans Mon­u­ment.

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