Courtyards for Modern Living: Contemporary Outdoor Spaces

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Images Publishing, 2008 - Architecture - 228 pages
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Gardens have changed significantly over the last couple of decades, and clever architects and designers know that incorporating an outdoor living space can improve a dwelling's aesthetic, not to mention its value. In the 1980s, manicured lawns framed with box hedges and annuals were a common site. It seemed that both space and water supply were unlimited. Courtyards for Modern Living presents beautiful gardens which have been designed for locations around the world that represent the changed reality of drier climates, and heralded in a preference for native species, drought-tolerant plants, and even a new popularity of the humble succulent. Contemporary houses also reflect a move towards enjoying larger houses built on smaller sites, so that available space is turned into a multifunctional courtyard that is usually accessed from the kitchen and living areas. Author Stephen Crafti ( Beach Houses Down Under, H2O and Ultimate Urban Makeover presents an inspired study of what makes outdoor rooms so appealing. Including many tips to guide the architect or the DIY enthusiast, Courtyards for Modern Living features courtyards, balconies and gardens that are extensions of the very house itself.
 

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Nice to see great ideas for outdoor living in print. Really enjoyed this book.

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Contents

Multilevel
113
Rectilinear forms
121
A communal terrace
125
Pared back
131
Three usable areas
137
A Japanese feel
145
On the edge of the pool
151
Another room
157

Once a cottage now a family home
45
Making the connection
49
The feel of the tropics
53
Like sitting on the verandah
57
The downsize
63
Low maintenance
69
Minimal lines
75
A sculptured lawn
79
Accessible
83
Widening the garden
87
Reminiscent of the past
91
An Asian influence
95
A unique garden
99
Succulent
105
Empty nesters
109
A 20 percent slope
161
A number of experiences
167
A community
171
Shattered
177
Animated walls
183
An outdoor room
187
Moving on from the 1970s
191
Sculptural forms
197
Designed to move
201
Garden of reflections
205
PostVictorian
209
Private courtyards
213
A cluster of birch trees
217
The same materials
221
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