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Aug

Your Summer Barbecue Checklist

Summer is just around the corner meaning balmy days and outdoor entertainment that every homeowner can enjoy. An outdoor area is not only a place to enjoy the great outdoors; it can add value to your home when it comes time to sell.

Alfresco areas are most functional when they’re adjacent to or easily accessed from the kitchen, either through a servery window or doors that open up to connect the indoor and outdoor spaces. If you’re considering a house renovation Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay for your home, an indoor kitchen that flows seamlessly to an outdoor kitchen will create a leisurely feel that’s perfect for year-round enjoyment.

Outdoor Spaces for All Seasons

Rising energy costs and longer, warmer summers have had an impact on home builders. Passive solar house designs and energy saving devices becoming more and more popular and outdoor spaces benefit from this too.

Outdoor entertainment areas can now be enjoyed all throughout the year, meaning you shouldn’t be limited to your basic barbecue and gas bottle. There are creative ways to create outdoor spaces that can be used all year around, even when you want to do something other than steaks, salads and skewers.

Ovens and Barbecues

A wood fired oven not only cooks food quickly and efficiently, it’s a terrific way to generate warmth in the cooler months. Wood fired ovens can be used to cook anything from a roast to delicious pizzas and even casseroles.

Fire Pits

The increasing popularity of fire pits has seen them rise to the top of the outdoor entertainment checklist. Most fire pits are standalone and portable, meaning you can use them in any clearing in your garden. They are perfect for cool days and nights and create an ambience that heaters can only dream of. You can even use a fire pit to roast potatoes wrapped in foil. Combine this with your favourite toppings and fillings and you have an inexpensive yet memorable lunch.  Finish it off with toasted marshmallows and a billy tea for the traditional outdoor Australian experience.

Thinking of Selling?

If you’re considering a move, styling your outdoor living area is an inexpensive way to create a highly appealing space. Colour blasts in the form of throw pillows and even a few plants can make a huge difference to the visual intrigue of your outdoor area.

A fire pit with some comfortable seating in orange and blue tones will complement the environment while an alfresco area that uses lots of crisp whites and pastels will look clean and inviting.

Getting the Most out of Outdoor Entertainment Zones

Why stop at one outdoor room? If your home has a large enough garden, create two or three areas you can enjoy all year round and for different occasions.

Contact PJ Burns for more ideas on how to shape your outdoor living areas. Our house builders on the Sunshine Coast can help you to create an outdoor area that will increase the value of your home.

4

Jan

Designing A Small, Functional Outdoor Area

Limited outdoor space doesn’t mean you have to entertain indoors. Even with limited space, you can plan a functional outdoor area through creative ideas and techniques. From gardening techniques to furniture arrangement, we’ve got the tips you need to create a charming outdoor entertainment area with minimal space.

Think Vertically

No outdoor area is complete without plants! Small balconies or patios can have luscious green or colourful gardens too! If you like gardening, make the most of your space by embracing a vertical garden; the difference of placing your plants up higher can really add an element of natural beauty. You can create this look by purchasing a modular plant kit, which can be found in most gardening or hardware stores. Fix to a wall and allow your imagination and creative spirit to run wild, adding all the colour and texture to suit your style. Hanging ceiling plants and screens with climbing plants can also provide more privacy and add shade to patio and balcony designs.

Take A Seat

Provide guests with somewhere to sit and relax in your mini oasis by using horizontal space for seating. Bench style seating can be inexpensive, stylish and a great way for friends to sit, relax and catch up. If you’re on a tight budget, simply use some crates with cushions piled on top to create the same ambience. You could even get some large, colourful seating cushions on the ground to provide extra seating. If you have a little more room, a cute table and chairs is the ultimate addition to a balcony or patio. If the area is covered from the elements, use a rug to define the seating area, adding colour and really bringing the style from your indoor rooms into your outdoor area.

Light It Up

Embrace the intimate nature of a small space by enhancing that cosy feeling with lighting. Hanging lanterns add height, warmth, interest and ambient light to the area, so the entertaining can continue long into the balmy summer nights. Try hanging different lanterns together at different heights to create a chandelier effect, or even drape fairy lights over a wall or railing to create a pretty curtain of lights. Outdoor lighting can be underrated, but it really helps set the tone and atmosphere of your space, no matter how small it may be

Tidy and Level

Get rid of uneven or mismatched flooring and level the area before putting down new pavers; this will automatically make the space feel larger. You also need to tidy up any grass or flowerbed areas that have been neglected for some time. The neater and more streamlined the garden is, the larger it will look.

Multitasking

Create a functional area for food preparation, eating, and outdoor entertaining by setting up an all-purpose island and add barstools around one or all sides. Using a narrow shelving unit or decorative ladder shelving adds interest to the space as well as handy storage to keep the space functional. Whatever furniture you choose, keep it around the perimeter. Leaving the space in the middle clear will give the illusion of a larger area.

The PJ Burns builder team can offer you direct one-on-one service to get the most out of your home. Contact us today for a consultation

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