This compact backyard was designed to be an oasis offering all the best of outdoor living. One of the key elements of the design was the pool. Affectionally nicknamed ‘The Elsternwick’ (after the suburb), the pool is surrounded by a concrete ‘deck’ which forms a cantilevered platform that appears to ‘float’ off both the adjacent deck and lower lawn. The pool is the main feature of this outdoor space, especially at night when the garden and pool lighting gives it extra wow factor, and is beautifully framed with planting cascading from above, and ferns below the cantilevered pool deck. To tie in with the heritage exterior of the house, we used ‘old red’ bricks for the feature wall behind the pool, then contrasted it with polished concrete around the pool to compliment the modern style of the home’s interior. Custom made outdoor cushions give it a resort-at-home vibe, enhanced by the serene sounds of the water feature pouring water gently into the pool.