Outdoor living steps up a notch
OUTDOOR rooms have evolved considerably since celebrity landscape designer Jamie Durie launched his coffee table book on the subject a decade ago.
From a new idea to an established expectation, particularly in Queensland, homeowners have embraced the concept.
But while most people are happy with a set of bi-fold doors connecting the indoor living room with an alfresco setting, for those with a more extensive budget, the wish lists just seem to be getting longer.
Sunshine Coast designer brothers Tim and Phil Christopher, along with Tim’s wife Jem, have created a number of extraordinary outdoor spaces at an awardwinning Pelican Waters residence.
The house, which cost more than $3 million to build and sits on a block purchased for about $1.2 million, completely blurs the lines between what’s indoors and what’s out.
A series of boat-shaped structures are the common theme in a residence which has three swimming pools and canal frontage on two sides.
One of the pools has a sandy beach while decking and palm trees are a constant theme.
It’s a little unclear whether some parts of the house, including a dining room with a purpose-built 10-seater table, should be thought of as indoors or are actually outside.
Well protected from the weather, and displaying features such as extravagant lighting, stained plywood ceilings and natural travertine floors, these really could be considered internal rooms.
The bar, which has beer on tap, has a gas-strut operated window which, once open, offers direct connection to one of the swimming pools.
Other stunning extras include a boardwalk which sits over the canal and offers access for the owner’s boats and jet skis. Entertainment areas also feature built-in seating, a fire pit and curved gardens.
Mowing has been eliminated with extensive use of artificial turf and natural stone.
Tim said the owner, a builder, did not want straight lines to be a feature in the house - so curves became the preferred option.
He described properties in the luxury end of the market as “entertainer homes” and said this took priority in design.
“Traditional homeowners are more concerned with what fits inside, while luxury homeowners want more outside spaces,” he said.
“Once you come inside this home it doesn’t feel massive.
“It has no big rooms, everything indoors is more intimate.”
Tim said glass was used extensively across two storeys, helping to open up the space.
HOME TO ENTERTAIN: Christopher Design created a number of spectacular outdoor living spaces at this luxury Pelican Waters home.