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Brands Ints- Outdoor project

As summer is now in full swing, a lot of us seek to enjoy the outdoors a little more.  Most of the home entertaining happens outdoors at this time of year, whether in a garden, by a pool, on a spacious rooftop or a balcony. These are also places where one enjoys a quiet moment, zones out, or winds down after a hectic work day. Locally, we are lucky enough to enjoy our external areas for around nine months of the year and hence our exterior spaces are easily considered extensions to our indoor spaces.

Given our hot climate, high humidity levels, exposure to natural elements and the numerous times we enjoy our outdoor spaces, it makes sense to choose quality materials, which not only help to create a sleek and sophisticated mood, but also enhance the value of the property dramatically. Investing in quality also helps in the long run to enjoy your space for a much longer period of time.

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It is also important to plan the outdoor area in line with the interior, to be able to allocate a realistic budget, and avoiding having to opt for inferior finishes which are likely to deteriorate, corrode, rust or fade within a short span of time.

Other considerations are the purposes for what the area is to be used for – entertaining, lounging, dining – and whether certain child-friendly measures need to be integrated. Appropriate shading also plays a major role, with many different options being available for different uses.

Brands International is proud to have supplied and installed all the decking, stair and Jacuzzi cladding, fencing, outdoor furniture and artificial turf in this residential project. The homeowners’ brief was a concoction of warm spaces accentuated by their love for natural wood, retro and distinct one-off pieces, whilst retaining maximum practicality and functionality. This concept was seamlessly extended to the outdoor areas where most of the entertaining usually happens, including also timber cladding on the main stairwell leading from the entrance to the outdoor area. There was a need to create a sizeable deck and a more intimate outdoor nook on the rooftop for relaxation. The result is a sleek, sophisticated mood that comes together through the use of high quality materials and contemporary forms in shades of greys, blacks and blues.

Brands Ints- Outdoor project

The solid oak floorboards within the kitchen-living spaces smoothly transition into teak decking slats outdoor and finish off into the pool itself forming one larger indoor-outdoor entertainment space.  Decking, particularly hardwood such as teak, instantly provides a natural, authentic look and enhances the space dramatically. Custom benches in the same teak crop from the ground and are decked with coordinating cushions to match the two armchairs in black powder-coated aluminium frames and light grey water and UV-resistant fabric seats.   Blue outdoor poufs provide extra seating and form a cosy lounging area for both summer and shoulder months. The stackable sun loungers are also in a black aluminium profile frame with industrial textured powder coating. The dark grey upholstered seat and back incorporate antibacterial as well as antifungal properties and protection abrasion and stains.

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For the dining area, a teak top was also chosen for the dining table, accompanied by dining chairs in grey wicker and matt black powder coated frames with light blue canvas cushions, which set off beautifully against the heavier teak top and chunky look of the dining table.

 Brands Ints- Outdoor project

Maximum shade is provided both on the dining and lounging area on the deck through square side-pole umbrellas that tilt and rotate 360° creating unlimited shade possibilities. The canvas shade is made of durable, UV-resistant fabric.

The roof was the ideal spot to serve the purpose of a laid-back lounging area. This required a different setup due to the fact that it is higher than most of the surrounding properties and enjoys distant views of the sea. The glittering lights of the cityscape enhance the dramatic yet romantic ambiance of this dimly-lit outdoor cocoon. Dark bamboo decking forms a lookout bench which transforms into the steps leading to the hidden sunken Jacuzzi, and hence is clad in the same bamboo material, creating a coherent look throughout. The high artificial turf softly tickles bare feet whilst also forming the canvas to the bench and the lounging chairs. The central firepit warms up the chillier evenings along with a couple glasses of Amarone!
Brands Ints- Outdoor project

At Brands International, personalised consultation and technical advice is offered on all projects, whether for one small room or yard, or for a full property. Visit us at the Brands International showroom, San Gwann or call on 21444110 for an appointment with our consultants.

Credits:

Project Architecture & Design – X,Y,Z Architecture & Design;

Decking, stair and Jacuzzi cladding, fencing, outdoor furniture, artificial turf – Brands International Ltd

Photography – Alan Carville


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