Location: East Melbourne — Victoria, Australia
When we bought our apartment, one of our pre-requisites was somewhere with a outdoor space. We needed somewhere for the two canine members of our family, Halley and Comet to keep their pet loo, and somewhere large enough to entertain around a BBQ. Wanting an apartment within walking distance to the CBD, these were in very short supply!
When we found this place we knew that it was perfect! A large space, opening directly from the lounge room. Although it had one major problem, we were overlooked by two surrounding buildings, offering us absolutely no privacy.
Originally we looked at putting in a shade sail, or a large motorised awning, however because we were in a heritage building these were not approved by our body corporate becauase they were deemed to be permanent structures. Instead we had to think of other ways to create privacy and shade. We found these two umbrella's on eBay for a steal which were perfect — they can be moved according to where you are sitting, providing both privacy and much needed shade in a hot Australian Summer. The outdoor lounge was also picked up on eBay, knowing that we would not be doing much formal entertaining, usually BBQ's and a few drinks in summer, we decided against an outdoor table, knowing that a comfy lounge would get much more use!
As the outdoor area is on view from the living area, we wanted to create some greenery to soften the hard grey of all the buildings surrounding us, we have planted some star jasmine in pots, that we will train to grow up the walls, to create year round greenery and a great fragrance in summer. We also have some magnolia little gem's, great trees for pots to provide some much needed shade and greenery.
We know love our outdoor space, I love lying outside in the sun with a magazine, and i can't wait till all of my plants grow a bit more and turn the space into my little green oasis in the city!
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