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These inspiring spaces make the most of summer outdoor living | Macmasters Beach by Polly Harbison Design

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A well-appointed outdoor space can enhance the way you live outside adding another dimension to your home.

11 inspiring outdoor spaces for summer living

Come summertime, outdoor spaces become invaluable as you leisurely soak up the sunshine, spend time in the garden or entertain outside. Take a look at these inspiring outdoor spaces that will instantly help you relax and enjoy life outdoors this summer.

1. An entertainers courtyard

Space for plenty to gather outdoors in this garden courtyard
Space for plenty to gather outdoors in this garden courtyard

Growing rooms have proved you don’t need a big space to enjoy entertaining and relaxing outdoors all summer long. By maximising every square inch, they’ve been able to incorporate a dining space, cooking facilities and a place to kick back with a good read.

2. A seamless transition

A rooftop oasis that seamlessly transitions from the interior space
A rooftop oasis that seamlessly transitions from the interior space

Opening the interior completely to the rooftop space has enriched the occupant’s lifestyle of this home and made the entire apartment feel much more generously sized. Designed by SJB, this rooftop also has all the amenities you need for living outdoors. It even has a Robert Plumb ‘Bollyhood’ Tandoor Oven!

See more of the Cleveland Rooftop here.

3. Holiday vibes

It wouldn't be too hard to put your feet up on one of these Burleigh day beds on a summer's day
It wouldn’t be too hard to put your feet up on one of these Burleigh day beds on a summer’s day

Want to feel like you’re on holidays every day? Take some inspiration from this outdoor space which accommodates all your summer living needs including dining in a protected position, lounging with a view and a superb pool to cool off in.

4. A shaded garden

The perfect spot to retreat to one a balmy day
The perfect spot to retreat to one a balmy day

On a warm summers day retreating to a shaded spot in the garden is the perfect way to unwind. Fig Landscapes have cleverly created an open timber pergola that’s surrounded by green in this suburban garden.

5. The ultimate beach house

Kick your shoes off and relax all summer long at this beach house
Kick your shoes off and relax all summer long at this beach house

Polly Harbison has designed an enviable beach house which completely opens to an expansive outdoor area. Finished in the same stone as the interior and wrapping around the building, this home is all about indoor/outdoor living.

Take a look at more design details of this project here.

6. Capitalising on the aspect

It's all about the view in this outdoor space
It’s all about the view in this outdoor space

Extending off the living space, Cadence & Co have created an outdoor area that’s protected from the coastal winds and at the same time capitalising on the beachside aspect.

7. Relaxed beachside living

Summer holidays couldn't get any easier here at this beachside villa
Summer holidays couldn’t get any easier here at this beachside villa

Bower Architecture have successfully designed this beachside villa’s pool to wrap into the architecture. Not only does this offer a visually pleasing amenity and a place to swim, but the position also allows for natural ventilation through the pool’s window into the interior.

Click here to read more about this holiday home. 

8. A social haven

All you need is an invite!
All you need is an invite!

Pool? Check. Outdoor lounge? Check. Dining area? Check. Barbecue? Check. Incredible views? Check. North Residences designed by Bureau Proberts has all the ingredients for a social summer outdoors.

9. Space for play

A lawn is a valuable assist if you want kids to spend more time outdoors in the summer
A lawn is a valuable assist if you want kids to spend more time outdoors in the summer

With all the entertaining and lounging areas positioned on the decks, the lawn area of this garden by Michael Cooke Garden Design becomes the perfect place for play. Come summer, you can guarantee there will be backyard cricket, bocce and cartwheels happening all day long.

10. Balmy evening delight

Summer means more nights spent outdoors too
Summer means more nights spent outdoors too

Outdoor spaces like this one by Tim Stewart Architects allow you to enjoy living outdoors in the evening as well as in the daytime. Including a heat source in the form of a fire will enhance the atmosphere and help you stay warm late into the evening.

11. Tropical resort style

A tropical holiday every day at home
A tropical holiday every day of the week

This waterfront retreat by Koichi Takada Architects instantly transports you to a luxury tropical holiday. With no shortage of places to relax outdoors the home will be well utilised all summer long.

More photos of this home can be found here.