6 Ways to Enhance Your Outdoor Area
A functional backyard or outdoor entertainment area is a nice addition to your home, but only if you put it to good use.
Finding ways to enhance your home’s outdoor area can bring a positive impact on your lifestyle. It can be an extension of your home’s living area or a great source of entertainment while enjoying the fantastic Queensland weather. Regardless of how you plan to use your outdoor space, some enhancements can certainly add more value to your property.
But where do you begin? Here are a few ideas.
Add a deck or patio area
Building a deck or patio will extend your living room and create additional floor space for entertainment or relaxation.
There are two ways you can add a deck to your home. You can:
- have it attached directly to your home or;
- build a freestanding deck which aren’t attached directly to your home or other fixed structure.
Whichever option you choose, you need to carefully consider what materials will be used as this will impact on the level of maintenance required for your deck.
You also need to consider the height of the deck or patio. It can be at the same level as your home flooring which creates a seamless transition to the outdoor space. Otherwise the deck can be set at a lower level for a more distinct deck or patio design.
Make sure to check with your local council for any restrictions and required permits before starting construction as you may require a building approval. Of course if you work with Renovare, we will do the necessary checks and obtain the building approvals.
Some things you can include on your deck or patio design include a comfortable seating area, storage, shades and/or roofing.
Include bifold or sliding doors with your deck
If you opt for a seamless indoor to outdoor transition with your deck or patio design, then adding a bifold or wide sliding glass door makes sense. It will enhance the view of your outdoor space from inside your home and allow for more natural light indoors. Bifold or sliding glass doors will also create easy access to your backyard deck or patio and make you feel more connected to the outdoors.
Apart from these functionalities, a bifold or sliding door can also enhance the profitability of your property. Market research has shown that home buyers are attracted to properties that have smoother indoor-outdoor access.
Build a swimming pool or outdoor spa
One of the ways that you can enhance your outdoor area is to install a swimming pool. In terms of entertainment and aesthetics, a pool is a no-brainer and will give your family a place to bond and have fun. It’s also a great place to have a party with friends.
Outdoor spas or hot tubs are also becoming more popular among Aussie households. It’s an awesome outdoor amenity where you can relax and relieve yourself of the stresses from a tough week of work without requiring as much space as your average swimming pool.
However, in terms of marketability a swimming pool or spa can either work for your property or against it depending on the desires of your potential buyers.
Some home buyers see these amenities as an unnecessary inclusion when looking for properties to purchase. On the other hand, there are some buyers who would certainly be attracted to the idea of having a pool in the backyard. You will need to weigh up these options if you’re considering a pool. If you plan on staying in the property for a while and love the idea of having a pool, then go for it!
When designing your swimming pool, consider the size of your yard or outdoor space. Make sure that it will not dominate the entire area so there’s still plenty of space to walk around or add other backyard accessories.
Add an outdoor kitchen
Another way to enjoy your backyard more is by fitting an outdoor kitchen and dining space. Enjoying home-cooked meals is a great way to bond with family members and doing it outside will make it more memorable. Fitting an outdoor kitchen will also make your yard an ideal place for social gatherings and parties.
Look for a good barbeque grill, a burner, and an outdoor bar fridge which will fit nicely with your outdoor space. You can also include a pizza oven for some extra zazz. To complete your outdoor kitchen, install a sink and fit a cabinet to make cooking, serving and cleaning up even more convenient. This is a great addition to any patio.
Install a fire pit with seating
Another way to enhance your outdoor area is to make it more comfortable during the colder months. You can do so by creating a fire pit with seating. It will allow your family to continue enjoying the outdoors even when the temperature drops! Sit down and roast some marshmallows with the kids while listening to music or sharing stories.
When building a fire pit, you should find a good position for it in your yard. Burning can create some mess, like soot that can dirty your outdoor furniture. You need to find a place where you can easily rinse off the burnt materials. Consider buying a portable ethanol fire pit, which you can easily move to different locations within your yard.
Plant a lovely garden
When thinking of ways to improve your backyard or outdoor space, you can never go wrong in building a charming garden. Colourful flowers are pleasing to the eye and will help brighten your whole yard and also your day. Choose your plants according to the season. You can pick marigolds, impatiens, sunflowers and petunias in the summer; while daisies, hellebores, primroses and hyacinths should do well during the cooler months.
Instead of making garden beds, plant these flowering shrubs in large pots. This will make it easier for you to move around the plants whenever you feel like redesigning the garden. It will also help you save water, not to mention that planting in pots is much easier.
You could also add a more functional garden with some herbs and veggies! A lemon or lime tree is also a great addition and will grow well in our sunny Queensland weather.
If you’re into entertaining friends then having some quality outdoor speakers or a projector might be right up your alley! Choose speakers that you can easily connect with your phone using Bluetooth®. This will make it all that more convenient to pop some music on whenever needed and you can easily choose a playlist depending on the mood.
You can also start your own weekly outdoor movie nights in the yard by buying a portable projector and screen. Just make sure to light those citronella candles to keep the mosquitos away.
Enhance your outdoor area with Renovare
There are many ways to enhance your outdoor area and evolve your lifestyle. The experienced renovation builders at Renovare can certainly help you make a variety of improvements to your outdoor area.
Call Renovare now on 1300 049 136 or send us a message and we’ll help you experience outdoor living at its best.