INDOORS AND OUT
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.