OUR DESIGN SOLUTION
Stage one of Barry’s plan involved opening up the whole backyard with a new transparent pool fence. The DIY fence, of toughened glass panels, meets pool fence safety standards and, although it was installed between pool and pergola, does not create a visual barrier.
In stage two of the refresh, the pergola’s direction was changed to help create a sense of entry to the deck area, where ceremonies would be held. The old corrugated roof and half the rafters were removed, then the rafters put back running towards the garden. For a beachy vibe, bamboo screening was fixed on top of the rafters, and a new polycarbonate roof installed above to protect the deck from all weathers.
As the timber deck was in good condition, only a few planks needed to be replaced and a wide platform-type step constructed. A timber screen was built along the back of the pergola for privacy, then the whole structure lightened with white paint. DIY roller cafe blinds in a weatherproof fabric were hung to block out the westerly sun in summer and provide shelter from wind and rain, making the area useable year-round. Pots of colourful plants and outdoor furniture complete the deck.
To better link indoors and outdoors, a set of stairs from the back door was built and pavers dug into the lawn, creating an attractive and durable path from house to garden and pergola.
Karen loves what’s been created. “It is just fabulous! What a perfect setting for a wedding – I can’t wait to share this beautiful space with couples!”