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

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Read the full article at: 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.



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