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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

With summer entertaining high on many people’s minds, it’s time to be inspired to create the perfect outdoor space. And if you’re in the market to buy or sell a house, an alfresco area is always a value-add, no matter what the season…

With summer entertaining high on many people’s minds, it’s time to be inspired to create the perfect outdoor space. And if you’re in the market to buy or sell a house, an alfresco area is always a value-add, no matter what the season.

Multi award-winning Bayside landscape designer Dave Franklin, widely known for his work on the last 10 seasons of The Block, has been creating some of Australia’s best back yards for more that 25 years.

Hailed as ‘The Entertainers Dream’, a recent Black Rock project was completed just in time for the lucky owners to be able to enjoy their resort style backyard – complete with swimming pool, tennis court and inground trampoline – throughout the COVID lockdowns.

To meet the design brief and create the ultimate space for the whole family to enjoy, Dave and his team at Franklin Group created an outdoor kitchen/alfresco dining and adjoining lounge area, featuring stunning wood fires, adding both form and functionality.

“We are over the moon with how each of the zones in this landscape came together, but our favourite spot is this one. This spacious area is an entertainer’s dream, fitted with a BBQ, beer fridge and our prize jewel, the pizza oven,” Dave wrote on his blog about the outdoor kitchen.

The adjoining outdoor lounge area is complete with a luxurious outdoor fireplace and enough seating space to host gatherings with family and friends.

“We wanted to create a cosy and visually pleasing effect from the moment you walk into this space, or in other words, a true ‘wow factor’. We achieved this by stacking firewood on either side of the fireplace and are extremely satisfied with the final result. Plus, this design element means that there’s always plenty of wood on hand to make that warm and cosy fire.”

For more information visit: How to Design a Backyard Made for Entertaining – The Ultimate Lockdown Retreat.

Marshall White’s current listings include many beautiful properties with amazing outdoor spaces – just in time to move in and get entertaining over the summer months.

10-12 Rowland Street, Kew

15 Le Fevre Street, Sandringham

22 Kirkwood Street, Beaumaris

38a Howard Street, Glen Iris

108A Barkly Street, Mornington

​32 Rosedale Road, Glen Iris

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