Improving your backyard, patio or veranda not only makes it more comfortable and inviting for when you have guests over, but also increases the overall value of your home. There are so many options for decking, shelter and outdoor kitchens that you pretty much can’t go wrong with whatever improvements you go with.
The great thing about living in Sydney is that even though summer may be well and truly over, we can enjoy our outdoor entertainment areas all year-round. Now that the temperature is cooling down, our firepit is now a source of warmth as well as the place where raw meat goes to take on a new, delicious chargrilled form. With a rising economic climate, even more Australians are able to invest and add value to their homes by adjusting and perfecting the art of the outdoor entertaining area.
When evaluating your outdoor spaces, there are a few things you have to consider:
- Style: What kind of look are you going for? Quaint country cottage or urban industrial? Just one style change can alter the entire vibe of your outdoor entertainment area.
- Versatility: Multifunctional outdoor pieces are always a good idea, and work especially well in limited space. If you’re focusing on perfecting the outdoor kitchen, a wood-fired oven is extremely versatile as it can cook delicious pizzas and roasts, as well as catering to the classic BBQ crowd.
- Durability: If your home is near the water, you will need to take into consideration the salty sea breezes when making improvements to your property. However, when it comes to sheltering structures, many modern pergolas and awnings are built from corrosion-resistant material, making it perfect for beachside homes.
- Layout: How much space do you have to work with? Is it flat, or on a slope? Do you want it to stay open or partially enclosed? Consider these questions and make up your own to make the most out of your outdoor entertainment area’s functionality. For busier families, do a bit of research into low-maintenance options.
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Kevin Pobjie grew up in Sydney and started working in the home improvements industry over 30 years ago. He is married with two children, one boy and one girl, 24 and 20. Kevin started selling awnings, pergolas and sunrooms using Hunter Douglas and Stramit before he started Wizard Home Improvements in Granville in late 2004. He is now licensed by fair-trading to build awnings.