Outdoor living spaces: Al Fresco Experience
Creating a sheltered space conducive to eating and entertaining is a crucial aspect of your outdoor lifestyle. When planning such a space, consider the importance of making it easy to use and pleasant to spend time in.
Lush greenery softens the effect of the hard materials used to build a deck. This outdoor dining area by Eckersley Garden Architecture (e-ga.com.au) is an open social space that feels secluded thanks to its clever integration into the garden and the canopy of trellised vines.
Indoor-outdoor living is made easier with this smart deck design by Three Birds Renovations (threebirdsrenovations.com). A hatch between the kitchen and the outdoor area makes serving and clearing the table a cinch. Having additional seating in the form of counterside stools is convenient for enjoying drinks or accommodating unexpected guests.
Christopher Ward Studio (christopherward.it) illustrates how you can install quite serious and solid pieces outside – as long as they’re durable. Combining hard-wearing and high-end, a concrete dining table next to a built-in braai is flanked by Panton S-shaped moulded plastic chairs. The scene is set for a special occasion.
Credits: TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Priya Schuback, Prue Roscoe, Davide Lovatti, Natalie Hunfalvay, supplied