Brick and StoneA brick patio has a charming, old-world look. Pro or DIY? A small, simple brick patio using the dry-laid method can be installed in a few weekends of dedicated work by someone who’s DIY savvy. A large patio or one with a complex design is probably best left to the pros.Process: A mason laying a brick patio will start by digging and levelling to prepare the ground. He or she will then lay concrete on top of crushed stone or gravel to form a base before laying the bricks with mortar.
Get creative with concrete slabs For this modern patio, large square slabs of concrete define the seating area surrounding an outdoor fireplace. When you are designing with concrete, you can also leave sections open for plantings, trees or other garden features, creating a custom look that suits your space perfectly.Browse perfectly planned patios for inspiration
7. … Or swap walls for room dividersDon’t fancy taking a sledge hammer to an internal wall and embracing open-plan living? Consider using room dividers instead of solid walls to separate zones, while letting your eye roam beyond. What could have become a long, dark hallway in this Sydney home escaped that fate by virtue of the metal room divider, which separates the stairs from the corridor. We’re not suggesting you ditch the solid walls of your bathroom – let’s remain dignified, folks – but some living spaces and thoroughfares do not necessarily need to be enclosed, and will feel much more roomy when they’re not walled in.
The master ensuite is clean and contemporary with subway tiles on the walls, herringbone marble tiling on the floor, a timber vanity and black detailing. “The black-and-white theme of the living area has been carried throughout the house, including the black doors and bathroom fittings to contrast the white tiles,” says Morris.
Structural steel beams are exposed throughout the open-plan living space, and the glossy black finish continues the theme of the aluminium framing on the rear glazed wall. The space has polished concrete flooring, with white cement to lighten the colour, and black-and-white quartz aggregate for visual interest. “The in-slab heating, coupled with the double glazing and R4.0 roof insulation, makes the house very efficient to [heat and] cool,” says Morris.
Inside, the rear extension is filled with light and has a great sense of openness and space. Black aluminium framing creates a timeless aesthetic, in combination with the crisp white walls and black architectural details. Double glazing and aluminium framing: Aztec Windows; Aether Suspended Fireplace: Aurora
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