Extend your living space outside for the perfect balance of comfort and nature.
We live in a great climate. Our night skies are world famous. We are renowned for our love of the great outdoors ... No wonder, then, that the so-called ‘outdoor room’ has become such a big part of the grand designs of so many of us.
They may offer a view of the stars, but organising one is not rocket science.
An outdoor room can range from a simple bistro table and two chairs in a cosy courtyard to a house extension complete with roof, walls, fully-equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas.
The most common outdoor rooms sit somewhere between these two extremes. Ideally, an outdoor room allows you to do the things you love doing inside your house: cooking, eating, relaxing, playing, socialising and even sleeping.
Now, where’s that day bed?
Great outdoor rooms feel like a continuation of your home, even if they’re not attached.
Ruth Francis, design director of Forever Home Design (foreverhomedesign.com.au), says modern families like to connect and be together.
"We want to cook and be able to see everyone and join in, not to be separated.
"I receive a lot of requests to fix old-style layouts, where the kitchen doesn’t connect to the garden or there’s a deck and a kitchen, but they’re not well linked.
"Even if your outdoor room is under a pergola at the end of the garden, there are ways to connect it to your house. It could be as simple as laying pavers to lead the way and linking its design to that of your home."