Inside out: Modern Living Inspired By the East

Capturing the exotic allure of the East, this modern landscape promotes indoor-outdoor living at it’s finest

From the outdoor sitting room with its inbuilt fireplace to the spacious deck and tropical perimeter plantings, the landscaped surrounds of this contemporary home beckon visitors outside.

The impressive outdoor areas, which feature only the finest finishes and features, were designed by Sydney-based ecodesign and grace one of Metricon Homes’ new flagship display homes in Kellyville, New South Wales. Under the guidance of company owner Adrian Swain, the ecodesign team came up with a contemporary, Eastern-influenced design that perfectly complements the home’s modern styling and appeals to today’s home buyer.

“Our brief was to ensure the landscape presented as a continuous extension of the interior of the home, promoting the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that so many homeowners demand today,” explains Adrian. “This involved using outdoor finishes and materials that married with the themes and colours of the home’s internal styling and architectural façade.”

One of the key elements of the design is the extensive hardwood deck, constructed using 130mm boards and accessed via bi-fold doors. One part of the deck features a large rectangular pond that sits flush with the decking boards and paved coping. The pebble-filled pond boasts three water jets and when viewed from inside the home, presents a backdrop of tropical planting.

Another part of the deck has been designed as an outdoor sitting room. Here you will find a fireplace for chilly winters and a ceiling fan for sultry summers. The timber ceiling, with its flushmounted lighting, complements the timber decking and the slatted screen panels that sit either side of the wall containing the fireplace and a serene Eastern-style wall plaque.

“Privacy from adjoining neighbours was a big concern,” adds Adrian. “This was overcome by providing the timber slat screening to the outdoor sitting room, installing bamboo screening to the area outside of the kitchen window and installing in-built laser-cut steel screens to the open pergola that extends off the sitting room.”

The laser-cut powdercoated screen panels, which are integrated into the pergola posts, are a feature in their own right. They have a stylised bamboo pattern and are framed by bamboo-like tiger grass. In front of the panels sit two trough-style designer planters out of which the architectural leaves of Sanserveria sp stretch skyward. When it came to the planting, ecodesign opted for a tropical look. The emphasis is on lush but hardy plants which thrive on occasional watering via a drip-irrigation system connected to rainwater tanks.

When designing a garden for a display home, the goal is to ensure the house and landscape are seamlessly integrated so potential buyers can see just how impressive their new home could look. This means maximising the views of the garden from the home’s windows and external doors as well as creating comfortable, easy-to-use lifestyleenhancing outdoor living spaces.

This design by the team from ecodesign ticks all the boxes.

Project details

Landscape design by ecodesign
Pty Ltd Office E+F,
285 Pennant Hills Road,
Carlingford NSW 2118
Phone (02) 9871 7701
Photography by Peter Brennan

Article published with the permission of Universal Magazines Complete Home

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