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It’s not just the in­ter­nal foot­print of a home that is chang­ing.

Out­door spa­ces can also do dou­ble duty no mat­ter what the weather.

Aus­tralian Out­door Liv­ing’s na­tional mar­ket­ing man­ager Alex McConville says the out­door kitchen has changed the way we use the back­yard.

Now out­door mo­tion blinds on a per­gola is the next step to en­clos­ing and open­ing an out­door space as you please.

“We re­cently in­stalled the blinds on an out­door space,” Alex says. “You could cre­ate an out­door cin­ema there, or in­tro­duce heat­ing in there in win­ter. The back­yard was a no-go zone in win­ter, now it’s open to dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Alex says out­door en­ter­tain­ing is what Aus­tralian liv­ing is all about, so a wellde­signed back deck or per­gola could also act as a games room.

“You could use the back­yard for yoga or med­i­ta­tion, or go the other way and put up a screen and pro­jec­tor and turn it into a hi-tech space,” says Alex. “You could eas­ily go ei­ther way.” Other op­tions in­clude clos­ing in the per­gola with glass to cre­ate a semiper­ma­nent shel­ter, or a car­port that is ex­tra long to ac­com­mo­date a gym at the back.

“We’re a big food and en­ter­tain­ing cul­ture and that shouldn’t be re­stricted to a bricks and mor­tar space in­doors for part of the year,” says Alex.

Dis­play home, Si­enna 33, by Hud­son Homes at Home­world Kel­lyville. photo: Bob Barker.

This garage by ar­chi­tect Mark Szczer­bicki can be­come a games room or party venue.

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