Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh stick­sand­stonesld.com.au

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.

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