Selling Houses Australia

Charlie Albone's private clients: Part 3

Some courtyards are closed and intimate, while others are grand and spacious, perfect for large-scale entertaining just like this one. But every garden design has one common rule - the devil is in the detail!

Let me start with the pavers, which are literally the groundwork for every single courtyard. These sandstone pavers are a feature unto themselves, measuring two metres by one metre. The inspiration was cut crystal glass, so we actually bevelled the edge of every single paver. The pavers weigh 350 kg each so it took a lot of manpower to get them in.

The courtyard has a one-of-a-kind BBQ, which is actually a custom Teppanyaki grill suspended off the block wall behind, with a single piece of formed concrete for the splashback.

This pergola flips conventional building methods on its head, with recycled timber posts and a heavy steel roof, which is actually threaded through the timber so no welding was required.

The rustic finish on the timber and steel tie in perfectly with the copper of the hanging chairs which were designed and hand-built in the UK. I just love the way they seem to float in the landscape.

Check out the recessed lighting in the steel beams, which blend seamlessly into the colours of the rusted steel and ties in with the copper hanging seats.

Sometimes the smallest details make the biggest impact.

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