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What could be better than playing and entertaining outside? Outdoor kitchens, water features, porches and decks, pools and spa tubs...so many options for creating your own slice of paradise!  Where to begin? Well, you’ve come to the right place...

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Award winning U shape kitchen with stainless steel countertops and cabinets

Read the full article at: http://trendsideas.com/search/46276 Not only is this kitchen highly functional, it also connects seamlessly to adjacent areas of the home. Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at this Trends International Design Award winner by Strachan Group Architects. Kitchen with semi-industrial look, stainless steel, birch timber, exposed wood and steel beams, open to courtyard. Heart of the Home has become term to describe the importance we give to our kitchens these days. But it’s not often that the term applies to the extent we can see in this kitchen – which really feels like it’s in a command central position. It’s in new home by Dave Strachan of Strachan Group Architects, who worked on the design alongside owner-architect Rachel Rush. With views in one direction and an outdoor entertaining area in the other, the kitchen was designed to take advantage of both. There are garden and distant sea views from the sink on one side, and on the opposite side the kitchen connects seamlessly to a barbecue patio. The kitchen’s U-shape gives it a very functional layout. Plus it’s designed to be highly organized, with a place allocated for everything from everyday utensils to miscellaneous items that are only used occasionally. The owners also wanted a commercial feel. And this is apparent in the stainless steel cabinetry and benchtops and a stainless steel shelf above the cooktop that incorporates the rangehood and pot rack. It’s an aesthetic that fits perfectly with the semi-industrial look created by exposed timber joists .. and blackened steel beams .. in the adjacent living area. So much so, that this kitchen was judged the best New Zealand Architect-designed kitchen in the 2015 Trends International Design Awards. Video: http://trendsideas.com/search/46278

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Outdoor living area, pool and barbecue created in renovation of 1950s home by Urbane Projects

Read the full article at: https://trendsideas.com/search/44819 An extensive new outdoor living area transforms the front of this 1950s home. Designer Steve Gliosca tells Trends editorial director Paul Taylor what was involved. Expansive outdoor living space with stonework, timber decks and fire pit. Outdoor living spaces and a connection to nature go hand in hand. However, whether the emphasis is on poolside chic, entertaining under the stars, or achieving a tropical paradise, each is likely to offer a space that’s low maintenance and a fun, relaxing place to be. It’s a time-honoured story on both sides of the Tasman – a 1950s home in a beautiful spot but with a design that closes out the views. More a new build than a renovation, this project by architectural designer Steve Gliosca, with soft landscaping by Monica Palmer of Tim Davies Landscaping, addresses such an issue. On a site facing a park with a river beyond, the original brick house had small windows and did not make the most of the outlook. “For the makeover, the owners asked for a tropical, spa-like ambience, with a large living-dining-kitchen and entertaining area to the front, and bedrooms set to the rear,” says Gliosca. “They wanted the main front room to open out to a outdoor entertaining space with a fire pit and pool area.” Other elements include a three-car garage at the rear and a porte-cochère at the side, paved in travertine, for a hotel-style welcome. Video: https://trendsideas.com/search/45351

Outdoor living area, pool and barbecue created in renovation of 1950s home by Urbane Projects

Read the full article at: http://trendsideas.com/#/search/44819 An extensive new outdoor living area transforms the front of this 1950s home. Designer Steve Gliosca tells Trends editorial director Paul Taylor what was involved. Expansive outdoor living space with stonework, timber decks and fire pit. Outdoor living spaces and a connection to nature go hand in hand. However, whether the emphasis is on poolside chic, entertaining under the stars, or achieving a tropical paradise, each is likely to offer a space that’s low maintenance and a fun, relaxing place to be. It’s a time-honoured story on both sides of the Tasman – a 1950s home in a beautiful spot but with a design that closes out the views. More a new build than a renovation, this project by architectural designer Steve Gliosca, with soft landscaping by Monica Palmer of Tim Davies Landscaping, addresses such an issue. On a site facing a park with a river beyond, the original brick house had small windows and did not make the most of the outlook. “For the makeover, the owners asked for a tropical, spa-like ambience, with a large living-dining-kitchen and entertaining area to the front, and bedrooms set to the rear,” says Gliosca. “They wanted the main front room to open out to a outdoor entertaining space with a fire pit and pool area.” Other elements include a three-car garage at the rear and a porte-cochère at the side, paved in travertine, for a hotel-style welcome. Video: http://trendsideas.com/#/search/45351