Australians are very much into get togethers, having a barbie and embracing the outdoors. The outside has become an extension of our lounge rooms. But aside from the parties, there is also nothing better during the warm months than lying outside, reading, hanging out or just chillaxing.
For those thinking of recreating their outdoor space, here are some things to consider before doing the work.
Go through design ideas. There are plenty of outdoor ideas online these days. There are even apps that help you figure out what you need and want for your place. Pick something that fits your family’s needs. Are you the practical type? What features are important to you? TV or no TV? What about a second kitchen?
If you have a small area, you might want to consider maximising the space. For instance, this idea from Homelife says you can go vertical. You can even make it useful by using the vertical space for herbs instead. Use your outdoor furniture for storage too to save space.
Talk to an expert. There are people who can do DIYs and there are people like me who can’t. If you’re like me, it is worth asking an expert for opinion, like Thomsons Outdoor Pine. Being in the industry for almost 25 years, they specialise in the design and construction of outdoor structures as well as other timber products.
There are prefabricated kits from experts too. Ask what kind of kits they have and which one will fit your area. Ask what are the best materials to use and the best price for what you’re planning to do. The experts can design and build it for you according to your specifications. Aside from adding beauty to your property, the outdoor area should be able to realise the potential of a space.
Pergola or not to pergola. If you want to use your outdoor area all year round, Pergolas are a good way to go. It adds more to your home than just normal decking. You need to identify what your pergola is for, as there are plenty of choices out there – is it open roof or covered, flat or pitched, an architectural feature, a carport or freestanding.
A covered pergola, for instance, can be installed with lighting, heating, ceiling fans and furniture, all protected from the cold of winter or the harsh summer sun. On the other hand, the freestanding deck is becoming a popular option. It can be used to surround an outdoor pool or spa, a refreshment area, or even an extra play area for the kiddies.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you do extensive research before you proceed. Google is your friend.
This post is in collaboration with Thomsons Outdoor Pine.