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IN-HOUSE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
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n the past, homes were considered a separate entity to
the yards they sat amidst, and were designed accordingly.
But Perth’s frame of mind when it comes to outdoor spaces
is changing and that shines out in a Hillarys residence by
Ritz Exterior Design (RED).
Guy Mouritz, director at RED, says outdoor areas used to be
dictated by the skill set of the designer or architect, and the
trend of the period when the house was conceived. “However,
Perth homeowners are now designing outdoor living spaces as
one of the primary considerations, taking full advantage of all
the natural assets our climate has to offer,” he says.
Guy says he approaches renovation design with this in mind
and attempts to modify the design to enhance the connection
between indoors and out.
“Perth homeowners are highly receptive to the idea of
the outdoor room,” he explains. “The challenge with this
particular project was to recreate an outdoor area with purpose
and open the spaces to create a flawless transition between
the interior and exterior.”
The owners asked Guy to redesign their sizeable backyard
and pool area, which was disjointed and poorly planned.
They were frustrated by the cramped barbecue area built off
the house, and a games room that had minimal function,
acting as flow through to the outside rather than a relaxing
and useable space.
A large lawn area dominated the space in the backyard
and was segregated by a brick wall, leaving the area accessible
only through a small gate.
“The first step in our design for the new outdoor room was to
provide shelter from the morning sun and privacy from elevated
neighbours at the rear,” says Guy. “A roof structure had to wrap
around the house but also be substantial enough to balance the
bulk of the two-storey house.” To solve this, the existing alfresco
roof was demolished and the roof of the house re-pitched.
The new stand-alone grand pergola was born out of a response
to the scale of the house. Its facade comprises large sections
of Victorian ash, glue-laminated across timber posts and
beams. This wood was selected for its beautiful colour variation;
however there was some concern about how it would weather
in the coastal environment.
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