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Outdoor entertaining area with built-in seating

Cultivating a Following
Cultivating a Following


A new outdoor entertaining area with built-in seating and paving. 


The project


We moved into our coastal home surrounded by the Royal National Park in 2018. The backyard is a perfect size for us but desperately needed updating plus the removal of an ugly pond which attracted Red-bellied black snakes. 

We’ve also been renovating the back of the house and wanted a cohesive coastal look and feel.




Step 1


Removed the original back garden and pond.




Step 2


Using French pattern travertine pavers, paved an area 7m x 3m and glued pavers on the wall of the garden bed. 



Step 3


I decided to increase the height of the garden bed to construct seating and a table, as we are exposed to 100km winds and the furniture we were looking at would blow away. 

Spray painted the Colorbond fence white.



Step 4


Using James Hardie Axon panelling, I cladded all the Besser blocks and painted it white using Dulux Weathershield. 



Step 5


Using travertine tiles in the French pattern, I glued them onto blueboard. 



Step 6


Constructed additional seating, hung doors, and planted murrayas in the garden beds. 



Step 7


I put it all together, bought a large umbrella, weatherproof cushions and beautiful gold lanterns. When the murrayas grow tall, we’ll put solar lights in the trees in summer. 




Tools and materials


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