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How to Get the Most Out of Your Garden Spaces

Check out these tips from some of Australia’s best homes to help you make the most of your outdoor space. 

“Use every single surface.” – Gillian Khaw

No home is complete without a little bit of greenery, be it indoor plants or a vast landscaped garden. These tips from some of Australia’s best homes will help you optimise your garden areas and bring your home to life.

1. Flip convention on its head and landscape first.

John and Deb’s Chic Shed is essentially a greenhouse, and plants are incredibly important to their lifestyle. To marry their love of nature and architecture, John decided to complete his home’s landscaping prior to constructing the impressive shed. This allowed the outside to be seamlessly incorporated into the light-filled interior of the home.

Tip: If you have big dreams for your garden, consider plotting this out before commencing your build.

2. Consider what activities you enjoy.

Exercise is a top priority in the lives of Simon, Deb and their three boys, and they’ve ensured their Family Resort caters to all of their fitness needs. From the tennis court to the gym to the two pools (one indoor, one outdoor), they have carefully considered what activities are important to them and built custom spaces to match.

Tip: Be mindful when deciding on what spaces are must-haves in your home. If you’re sports mad like Simon and Deb, consider how you can make space for exercise. Alternatively, if you’re an artist or musician, why not build yourself your very own studio?

3. Use plants to soften your building materials.

Most people might shy away from building with concrete, considering it far too harsh and industrial, but Damian and Prudence have proven that concrete can actually be warm and inviting. Not only is it forgiving if you have kids (you can wipe their scribbles right off the walls!), concrete ages beautifully, and it only takes a few select materials to make it feel like home.

Tip: Use carefully curated materials like plants and warm timber to soften traditionally harsh surfaces like concrete.

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