The art of stone masonry

Masonry is the craft of shaping rough pieces of rock into accurate geometrical shapes, at times simple, but some of considerable complexity, and then arranging the resulting stones, often together with mortar, to form structures. There are a lot of products on the market that attempt to simulate the effect of traditional stone masonry in “stone” cladding, however these products just...
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Outdoor Kitchens

With the outdoor living trend here to stay, more homeowners are investing in exterior kitchens than in years past. Well beyond basic grilling stations and dining sets, these full-scale kitchens marry the enjoyment of the great outdoors with indoor conveniences. Today’s outdoor kitchens can be equipped with “smart home” technology — for example, built-in consoles on...
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Wood feature wall

To brighten up a blank or plain wall, add a bit of texture to it. A selection of different sized diameter stems of branches placed in a geometric shape, or otherwise filling up an entire wall, not only provides a point of interest, but adds warmth with circular feminine lines, and adds masculine structure too with its geometrical pattern.
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Firewood storage

Store your firewood close to your braai or fire pit. Placing it neatly underneath the seating of the firepit area or around the actual firepit makes for an aesthetically pleasing integration of function and design.
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Steel edging

For a more modern garden, where shapes and geometry are paramount to the overall design, utilise specialised steel strips to edge off textured spaces eg pebble pathways from greened spaces. If edging is going to be utilised next to lawn ensure that the metal strips extend deep enough to prevent lawn roots from creeping under.
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Modern wall art

Transform a large eye-sore wall into a conversational piece and a personal statement. Adding colour to it in an expressional piece of artwork will certainly brighten your children’s play area / teen zone.
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Architectural chairs

Create a calm soothing space in your garden by surrounding two simple architectural chairs by greenery. The green backdrop of plants will contrast against and will emphasise the simplicity of the architectural styled seating, enhancing the impact of the design of the chairs in their intended setting. The style of the chairs should be simple and elegant, singular in colour, unusual in shape, but...
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Glass lights

Lighting in an outdoor space does not need to extend to expensive light fittings. Unique lighting opportunities exist with any glass or perspex item. Upcycle Coke-a-cola or Consol glass bottles into a chandelier, or turn wine glasses upside down and light them up as a creative and interesting decor piece that serves its purpose as functional lighting too.
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Tree stump playhouse

Cutting a tree down and removing its remaining trunk and roots can be quite expensive, so many home owners choose to leave the tree stump in the garden. Turn the tree stump into an artistic feature and make it a functional part of the garden, in the form of a playhouse for your children.
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Modern Veggie garden

Create a neat and modern twist on the traditional veggie or herb garden with a strong structural element using geometrically shaped boxes on a wall, with horizontal lines on the facade to give it a neat contemporary feel. Or install large metal containers in long lines to present a minimalist look in a neat organised layout. Raised boxes make gardening and harvesting easier, and a metal finish...
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