Spend on more per­ma­nent as­pects of out­door space

Pilbara News - - Property - Cassie Gun­thorpe

It’s al­ways best to aim for a “do it once, do it right” out­come when it comes to cre­at­ing an out­door space, but with so many choices, this can be a tricky feat.

Out­door en­ter­tain­ing is an im­por­tant part of WA’s cul­ture, which has a lot to do with our glo­ri­ous weather.

Cre­at­ing an en­ter­tain­ment space that is vis­ually ap­peal­ing as much as it is func­tional re­quires some thought.

Land­scap­ing pro­pri­etor Tim Davies said it was im­por­tant to be re­al­is­tic about bud­get and to work within your con­straints.

“Spend the money on the more per­ma­nent as­pects, for ex­am­ple, de­sign, pool, soil prepa­ra­tion and lev­els,” he said.

“If you can mas­ter-plan the pool and gar­den to achieve the best de­sign out­come, then you can draw back on plant size and ma­te­ri­als.”

A well-po­si­tioned pool can add an­other month of swim­ming time to ei­ther side of sum­mer thanks to pas­sive so­lar heat­ing.

Fac­tor­ing in liv­ing space and land­scap­ing around your pool is es­sen­tial for both func­tion­al­ity and de­sign.

It pro­vides space to re­lax and com­ple­ments the area nicely.

“Have some us­able space within the pool area,” Mr Davies said.

“Think about pool fenc­ing lo­ca­tion so you don’t re­strict the flow of move­ment.”

Mr Davies said the land­scap­ing you choose should be an ex­ten­sion of the home’s styling to make the ar­eas flow and com­bine.

“The out­doors truly is an ex­ten­sion of live­able space,” he said.

“The fin­ishes, colours, tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als cho­sen have to work with the home styling and de­sign, as well as be­ing func­tional.”

Light­ing helps bring your out­door area and pool to life by adding am­bi­ence and at­mos­phere, while also light­ing the area up at night for a tran­quil vista.

LED lights are en­ergy-ef­fi­cient, easy to main­tain and cost-ef­fec­tive to leave on for long pe­ri­ods of time.

For­ward plan­ning is also im­por­tant in the de­sign process.

“A client with young chil­dren plan­ning to stay in their cur­rent home may not need a pool now, but the de­sign can make pro­vi­sion for one in the fu­ture,” Mr Davies said.

With the sum­mer heat, shade is an im­por­tant fea­ture to con­sider and, in par­tic­u­lar, the place­ment of it. Too much and your pool will be cold, and too lit­tle means the space will be lim­ited for use dur­ing the hottest months.

Picture: GRAB Pho­tog­ra­phy

Out­door en­ter­tain­ing is an im­por­tant part of Aus­tralian cul­ture.

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