TINY SPACES BIG IDEAS
CLEAN, SIMPLE LINES THE KEY
THE smallest of outdoor spaces can be styled for a big statement, designer duo Julia Thomas and Fiona Ericsson from Sticks & Stones Landscape Design say.
They demonstrated one of their projects which attracted lots of attention at last year’s Grand Designs Live Sydney.
Ericsson and Thomas created The Courtyard, an inner city courtyard that demonstrated ways to maximise a small space.
The design acknowledged the popularity of outdoor entertaining in modest spaces.
“It showcased clean, simple lines, which gave the impression of a larger space,’’ Ericsson says.
Clever elements to make it appear bigger included a back wall covered with faux brick wallpaper, a vertical garden with low maintenance natives and a planter box to provide privacy and seating.
When working with a small space, Ericsson says attention to detail is crucial.
“You need to be able to maximise the space in a practical yet aesthetically pleasing way,” Ericsson says.
Thomas says a balcony or courtyard should be an extension of your home.
“In order to (maximise space), the area needs to be inviting, providing a reason for everyone to use the space,” Thomas says.
Using comfortable furniture and adding a barbecue or pizza oven draws people in. Shade can be a way of dividing the space, which makes the area feel bigger, she says.
“When you have a small space, everything needs to have a practical purpose as there is no space for the unnecessary,’’ she says.
The Courtyard, designed by Julia Thomas and Fiona Ericsson, (pictured) showcased simple and clean lines. Right: In limited space go vertical.