A pool, outdoor kitchen and a calming atmosphere — what more could you want from a slice of outdoor heaven?
Living in Bondi comes with many perks — great restaurants, a positive vibe and, of course, the famous beach. But if dodging tourists and spending time on a crowded beach doesn’t appeal to you, creating your own private oasis is the perfect plan B.
Masterminded by Iconic Landscaping, this Bondi home boasts the ideal space to unwind and spend lazy summer days outside. With a body of work including a pool, entertaining/dining area, barbecue and pavilion, there’s no need to leave home for a sunny day by the water. Armed with a brief to create an area that’s family friendly, director of Iconic Landscaping Nathan Boutros says the project had two purposes — to be “family friendly, where the kids had their area and [where] the adults could have an entertainer’s paradise”.
Beginning the project with land that was “blank and very steep”, the space has now been transformed into a modern area where the L-shaped pool is the centrepiece. Situated on the right side of the garden, the pool can be directly accessed from the outdoor dining area with just a few steps. Surrounded by a glass fence and lined with hedges and lush green plants, there’s also an outdoor shower for swimmers to rinse off before heading back indoors. Grey tiles were used to pave the pool area, which complement the bright blue colour of the water.
Directly behind the pool sits a cabana with a timber floor and other timber accents throughout. Providing shade on those scorcher days, occupants have the choice of working on their tan or relaxing on the lounge in the cabana. The structure adds a beachy feel to the garden, which has a modern aesthetic, linking it to the environment in which it exists. To match the paving in the pool area and garden stairs, large stone pavers extend from the back steps of the home and over the manicured green lawn, creating a feeling of cohesion.
An outdoor kitchen is a luxury all homes should invest in. Complete with a rangehood, cooking area, barbecue, sink and dining table, the outdoor kitchen provides the family with a space to dine outside overlooking the picturesque garden and inviting pool. Combining all the elements necessary for a peaceful day in the garden or a dinner party at night, this home now houses a stunning outdoor room that suits just about any occasion.
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Written by Annabelle Cloros
Photography by Danny Kildare
Originally in Backyard Volume 14 Issue 2