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McMasters Beach Outdoor Area

Cabana Pool Side Cabana Pool Side

LAW Building Design

NSW & ACT Entries 2010

Winner of The Treated Pine Award, 2010


To design a new outdoor area incorporating a pool with shelter and attractive landscaping. The aim was to include features to complement the renovated residence whilst addressing the street frontage and 25% slope challenge. Also to be safe for their twin toddlers, easy to maintain with storage for pool equipment and protection from the sun. The area should be unique and features impressive.

Privacy is to be considered for both the owners and adjoining neighbours without inhibiting the design. This is to be their dream holiday retreat by the beach. A place to unwind, relax with family and friends whilst escaping the pressures of city living. It needed to be a high quality design that would appeal to the market, gain maximum yield for prestigious holiday letting.


While it may be the norm to locate an outdoor area with swimming pool to the rear of the home this project proves that a front garden can function just as well whilst utilizing unused space.

From the outset the designer envisaged a structure to address the steep sloping site, whilst connecting the interior to the exterior by using clean uncluttered lines that perfectly complements the luxury residence.

The main entry path is located along side the existing driveway to provide maximum usable space. Landscaped gardens lead you to the enclosure, broad open stairs flow to the privately enclosed terrace. The angular shaped pool wraps around the cabana featuring a stunning water feature.

Three dimensional form combined with the skillion roof cabana provides high visual impact to the street Landscaped gardens lead you to the enclosure, broad open stairs flow to the terrace. The angular shaped pool wraps around the cabana. Glass pool fencing was discretely positioned so it would not inhibit the flow of surrounding space.

The cabana features adjustable louvres to gain maximum view to the street’s leafy outlook, protection from the western sun whilst maintaining privacy. Timber benches are designed as storage spaces.

The timbers used for the construction consist of 9.0m 360x65 H3 treated 17C Hyne Beams to enable the raked ceiling to be supported within the roof structure. The roof framing incorporated 230x42 primed H3 treated GL8 rafters and 175x45 H2 treated LVL timber. The floor framing included 240x45 F27 kiln dried hardwood. The 136x32 spotted gum timber decking selected was sourced from Queensland for its rich warm tones that the NSW species could not provide. The Design Pine Rusticated cladding of the cabana was selected to match the recently renovated dwelling because of its primed finger jointed long lengths and its longevity of organic L.O.S.P treated enhancements.

To complete the sense of warmth and elegance the dark timber stained finishes, natural tone paving, painted surfaces, fresh crisp water tones were selected to provide a visual contrast against the white exterior wall finish.

The large open area is the perfect setting to relax and unwind whilst and enjoy some deserved
relaxation whilst being sheltered from the elements.
Entered into:
  • Best Use Of Engineered Timber Products, 2010
  • Best Use Of Solid Timber Cladding, 2010
  • Outdoor Timber – Stand alone structures (Sheds, landscapes, decks, etc), 2010
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