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Our Top 10 Australian Outdoor Rooms of 2015

December 15, 2015

Australians really know how to enjoy the great outdoors. We build our homes on the coast fringe, in luscious rainforests and mountain ranges, making the most of the surrounding environment. Think big views, cool breezes and evening sunsets, that’s what outdoor living is all about down under. 2015 was a killer in the design stakes, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Australian outdoor rooms from 2015.

1. The minimalist space

Outdoor living doesn’t have to be extravagant. Leave the wow factor to nature itself and enjoy a simple, modern deck like this one in Melbourne. The natural timber leads straight onto the lawn, amplifying the space and light.

simple backyard deck and lawn

2. A back garden lawn and deck in one

This backyard in Manly, Sydney, is the ultimate compromise for a small back garden; a deck and lawn in one. The owners have incorporated the lawn around a relaxed sitting area to give a warm, natural texture under foot, reserving the timber decking for an alfresco dining area just out of sight.

Outdoor entertaining area with lawn and timber decking

3. The secluded courtyard

This secluded courtyard, flanked by tall trees is in a modernist style home in Canberra. The full length windows and doors frame the garden from the inside living area, and the garden offers a sense of privacy for outdoor living.

Courtyard garden surrounded by tall trees and plants for privacy

4. The outdoor living room

This protected space is what it means to bring the indoors out. The pendant lights over the dining area, and the cosy cushions and arm chairs make this space feel warm and welcoming, while making the most of the outdoor breeze and fresh air. The full ceiling is perfect for the Brisbane rains and humidity in summer, but it doesn’t lose its outdoor appeal.

Undercover outdoor lounge and dining room.

5. The Queenslander

Who doesn’t love an old Queenslander? The white timber details, louvre windows and colourful cushions make this space oh-so welcoming. Not to mention the pool!

Colonial white timber verandah and pool.

6. The extra wide rustic verandah

This ultra wide verandah is a classic in federation country homes, designed to keep the house cool in the hot summer months. This combination of simple bamboo furniture and the red pressed concrete floor make it look cool and inviting for an afternoon nap.

Traditional Australian homestead verandah

7. The outdoor kitchen

Modern but relaxed, stone and timber are a great combination in an outdoor living area. This space, which combines the living and dining with a built-in outdoor kitchen, is the perfect place to entertain for BBQs and summer dinner parties.

BBQ area and dining table on patio.

8.The view

In coastal areas, it’s all about the view. Make the most of it with glass panelling like this deck, so you can enjoy it whether you’re sitting down or standing up. Focus less on furnishings and styling by orienting everything toward the spectacle.

Sun chairs on deck overlooking ocean.

9. At one with nature

Allow your environment to dictate your space. This home in the Brisbane hinterland is set into the landscape so the indoors and outdoors flow seamlessly with the surrounding bush.

rural home built amongst native trees.

10. Seamless indoor-outdoor

Blur the lines between your indoor and outdoor living by levelling the floor and recessing the door tracks. Top hung glass bifold doors work well for this so you can even keep the same floor covering running from the inside out. When the doors are completely opened, the continuation of space gives the illusion of one large living area rather than two.

living room and deck overlooking coast