How to create your own backyard sanctuary.

How to create your own backyard sanctuary in Western Australia.

Escaping to a little slice of heaven needn’t mean getting on a plane to far-flung destinations like Boracay or St. Tropez.

With more and more of us taking ‘staycations’ (a vacation spent locally or at home), creating a private oasis in the comfort of your own backyard can be an inexpensive way to take time out of our busy jobs without a passport.

There are many ways you can turn your outdoor living space into a resort-like dream you can escape to at the end of a long day and stressful day.

A themed oasis

The Haven by Ventura Homes.
The Haven by Ventura Homes.

Basing your design on a single theme lends a sense of continuity. The Balinese theme is popular and relevant in Australian gardens and can be easily re-created in your backyard. Use lush green foliage and tropical plants together with traditional stone, wood and natural materials.

Seen here at The Haven, Margaret River.

Slice of North Africa 

The Dynasty Display Home.
The Dynasty Display Home.

A Moroccan theme using richly coloured tiles and cushions can exude a Mediterranean look to your space. A Japanese ryokan-inspired design is also a beautifully exotic option.

Seen here at The Dynasty, Margaret River.

Let there be light – and warmth

The Allure by Ventura Homes in Perth.
The Allure by Ventura Homes in Perth.

Enhance your backyard oasis with the glow of a cosy warm fire heater, whilst warding off the chill on cold nights. Aesthetics aside, make sure safety is a top priority by installing a screen and keeping kids and pets away from active flames.

Seen here at The Allure, Baldivis.

Water features

The Prodigy Display Home by Ventura Homes.
The Prodigy Display Home by Ventura Homes.

A contemporary water feature can add to the ambiance and relaxation of an outdoor living space. Fountains are also very popular in Feng Shui as it’s an ancient symbol of wealth and prosperity.

Seen here at The Prodigy, Ellenbrook.