THE CHAL­LENGE

Homes+ (Australia) - - MAKEOVERS -

With a pool, per­gola and deck area, this sub­ur­ban back­yard was well suited to fam­ily life. Owner Karen, who of­fi­ci­ates at up to 40 wed­dings a year, thought it also had po­ten­tial as an eco­nom­i­cal lo­ca­tion for small cer­e­monies. But she felt it was in des­per­ate need of a ren­o­va­tion. “The deck needs to have a better con­nec­tion to the lawn, where the wed­ding guests would spill out, and I’d like a nice back­drop for pho­tog­ra­phy af­ter the cer­e­mony – I can’t of­fer that at the mo­ment,” Karen says.

The area also needs to func­tion as Karen’s out­door en­ter­tain­ing space all year round, but she felt it was dis­jointed from the house. Ma­jor is­sues were the per­gola’s ori­en­ta­tion to the pool, and the pool fence di­vid­ing the yard.

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