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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.

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Nov

House Designs Perfect for Entertaining

When dreaming of their ideal house design, many homeowners take in to consideration the entertainment aspect of having friends and family over for dinner parties, drinks and special occasions. When deciding on floor plans for entertaining, you should consider your home fully occupied when planning kitchen, dining room and living room areas to ensure you will have enough space for hosting guests. Here are our top kitchen ideas to keep in mind so that your finished home is a perfect layout for entertaining all year round.

Open Layouts

Some of the most popular house plans available today are those with open layouts. Open layouts increase the options for entertaining guests, fostering a sense of togetherness in the heart of the home. Choosing an option that combines larger spaces, such as the kitchen and living room, creates a shared experience of cooking and eating. Look for plans with wide openings or walkways, where the dining room flows effortlessly from the kitchen into other living and entertaining spaces.

Without walls limiting flexibility, smaller tables can be joined to a dining room table to accommodate extra guests, or the space can be left open to allow guests to move around, mingle and chat. In addition, house designs with open layouts can make your home feel larger than the square footage would have you believe. By removing constricting doorways and widening passages, you obtain a sense of spaciousness even with a smaller, less expensive floor plan.

Big Kitchen

This seems an obvious one, but as a family who has food and entertaining as a focal point, what you define as a ‘big kitchen’ may vary. When choosing a spacious kitchen, look for floor plans that offer spacious central islands, abundant countertops and workspaces, cupboards and butlers pantries. Some cupboards and the butler’s pantry will often be situated off to the side or behind the kitchen and overall, the convenience and style of this type of kitchen will create a space that is suited for easily hosting many guests. Having a central island bench is also quite popular in that it creates a link between the family and meals areas without interfering with each individual space.

Indoor/Outdoor Dining

Entertaining at home is a breeze when you choose a house design which incorporates a spacious, covered outdoor area with the internal kitchen, dining or living area. Not only does an indoor/outdoor dining area allow your guests to flow from the kitchen to the outdoor entertaining area with ease, it also gives your home a sense of spaciousness and increases overall ventilation. Combining this layout with a designer kitchen as a focal point is absolutely perfect for entertaining.

Before You Start

Before choosing a floor plan, it’s important to assess your lifestyle. Is a single story sufficient or would you like a multi story home? Do you prefer an open floor plan or individual rooms? Do you want your new house plan to include formal dining? Or do you simply prefer relaxed family gatherings in an open planned space around the kitchen?

If you need a little help or advice on deciding on the perfect floor plan and home design, our team can offer you direct one-on-one service to provide you with a home to suit any block on any budget. Browse through our extensive range of designs or contact us today!

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