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Make the great outdoors part of everyday living

- ROBYN WILLIS

If there’s one way to sum up the way most of us want to live this summer, it’s indoor/ outdoor flow.

The way spaces transition from internal rooms to alfresco areas and the garden beyond has dominated residentia­l architectu­ral design for more than 20 years. Innovation­s in engineerin­g and product developmen­t have also allowed for wider openings unencumber­ed by thick pillars or clumsy thresholds.

Tracks for sliding and bi-fold doors can be embedded into the floor, not only offering a cleaner look but also making space for those with mobility issues.

National marketing manager for Brickworks Brett Ward says a successful transition between indoors and out is all about “materialit­y continuati­on”.

“Basically, it’s where you continue the materials you’re working with from one place to the next,” he says.

This could be as simple as adding a timber deck onto a room with timber floorboard­s, or even continuing a plasterboa­rd ceiling from the indoor living space to the alfresco area.

“The traditiona­l juxtaposit­ion of inside and outside is changing and, more often, there’s a single material and a single colour palette,” Mr Ward says.

Choosing outdoor furniture that would not look out of place indoors — but can withstand the elements — will also give the impression of the space continuing outside.

Mr Ward says continuing the same materials gives the overall impression of a larger space.

“That use of a single material, there’s a simplicity that is attractive as well,” he says. “It creates a bigger space so that it seems twice the size.”

While the emphasis has always been on making the outdoor space feel part of the house, in recent years there has been a shift towards bringing the garden into the house. This has been reflected in the move towards more robust materials like concrete, stone and brick being used indoors.

Even the humble breeze block has made its way indoors.

“I would not have thought we would see so much brick being used internally on the walls and floors,” he says. “It’s not just for the feature wall now.”

 ??  ?? Above and below: Jacaranda House by SP Studio Architectu­re blurs the lines
between indoor and outdoor living
Above and below: Jacaranda House by SP Studio Architectu­re blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living
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