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Outdoor entertaining in any season is possible beneath this stone rendered loggia

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There is something quite special about the outdoor room – a living space open to the environment yet sheltered from the harshest natural elements.

For this traditional new home, architect Michael Munckton designed the loggia as a self contained architectural element. The stone rendered finish contrasts with the smooth facade of the main house and the half-round Roman arches reference the archway at the front entrance to the house.

The loggia and garden entertainment area is north facing to take full advantage of the sun.

Landscape designer Robert Boden has ensured the colour of the paving stones complement the home's exterior. He has used two tones of paving stone for visual appeal and to reduce glare.

A diamond chequer board paving feature was created by removing every second stone and planting thyme in the exposed space.

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"On occasions such as cocktail parties, the guests end up stepping upon the thyme and an aromatic scent is released," says Boden.

Besides this paving feature is a water feature, which rises slightly higher than the fence. Water runs down a folded copper sheet creating an ever changing patina that shimmers in the light. The water then flows through a stone base, underneath the chequer board paving and across to a pond beside the main house.

For privacy, Boden Red Spire pear trees line the fence. The trees are deciduous, offering shade in the summer and allowing sun to penetrate in the winter. Closer to the house, along the loggia walls, are cumquats, an evergreen citrus tree that produces small orange fruit all year long. The trees' white flowers are also continuously in bloom.

"The evergreens, stone paving and the design of the loggia evoke an older, almost Mediterranean style of living," says Boden.

First published date: 12 January 2005

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Credit List

Architect Michael Munckton, RAIA, Rosenthal, Munckton and Shields (Melbourne)
Landscape designer Robert Boden, Robert Boden Design
Interior designer Christopher Thomas
Builder Jonathon Wood, Koorool Constructions
Landscape contractor David Whitehead, DJ Whitehead Landscaping
Window/door joiner Baker and Davies Joinery
Cladding Acrylic render
Tiling Marble from Signorino Tile Gallery
Paints Dulux
Courtyard and paving Anston Paving and Castlemaine slate
Walls/hard landscaping Castlemaine rock from Maltby Quarries
Fencing Rendered Hardiflex, paling and detailed lattice
Lighting Megabay and Vista
Planting Plantmark
Water feature Castlemaine stone, Reitmans capping, rendered masonry and Porters Murabond Paint