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.

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