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However, glancing around the completed
landscape, you'd never guess such a problem
existed. Black walls along the boundary
recede quietly, creating an overwhelming
sense of space. In a courtyard at the back
of the house, an outdoor fireplace and
cushioned chairs evoke many a lazy Sunday
breakfast or wistful afternoon nap. A roof
extending from the side of the home protects
this area, making it functional all year
round. "In the afternoon, it's always shaded,
so you're comfortable sitting out here," Jo
says. " e roof also keeps the warmth in
when using the fire."
An interesting feature is the rather
'un-featured' barbecue, which is tucked
into a corner above the courtyard. "Unfor-
tunately, I don't see barbecues as a design
element," Jo says. "I usually like to have
them locked away somewhere out of sight."
It's obvious this space is popular with
the owners, though, because heat from the
fireplace has already created a dark patina
on cement surfacing above it. is creates
a soft, worn-in look that will continue to
develop over time. "We like finishes that
start to show their age," Jo says.
Natural stone produces a similar
weathered effect, and has been used as a
visual centrepiece throughout the garden.
It creates texture on feature walls by the
LINE IT UP: Straight lines through the pool area reflect
the contemporary design of the house; (right) spotlights
highlight a feature urn in a tiny garden near the entrance.
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