5 Elements that Add Value to Your Backyard


Whether you’re selling up and moving in the near future or are just trying to make your home more comfortable for your family, adding value to your house doesn’t have to be difficult. And a great place to start is the backyard. Taking care of some simple elements can increase what your home is worth, as well as making the outdoors a more inviting place to spend time with your family and friends. It really is a win-win situation!


Excellent electricals

Have you ever thought about how easy it is to hook up your power tools in the backyard? How about getting a fan running out there? Many houses will have at least one or two double power points about the place outdoors, but there are still many that could use the extra access. Figure out how many you want and where you want them, then get a qualified electrician to install them in one easy visit.


Great gardens

Many families are attracted to low-maintenance gardens that look great. Look out for plant programs like Brisbane City Council’s Free Native Plants Program, where residents can redeem a voucher and get 2 free native plants for their property. Add fresh mulch to each garden, and you suddenly have an attractive outdoor space that won’t require hours of weeding and watering each weekend.


Cover up for comfort

Adding a patio or deck cover can make or break your space. By building a high-quality cover, your outdoor area suddenly goes from being a fair-weather friend to being suitable for gatherings no matter what the sky does.

It’s also a great way to beat the heat during the summer (and will hopefully make it easier to get the family out of the air-conditioning and into the breeze).


No nosy neighbours

Of course, you can’t control the neighbours. You can control your yard, though. Adding in some screening hedges or privacy screens can make a big difference to your space – no one wants to feel like they’re being watched while they’re enjoying the outdoors! There are a heap of ways to get a more private backyard – check out our article on the topic here.


Lush lawns

Putting a bit of effort into lawn maintenance can pay off – literally. Depending on the state of your grass, it can be as easy as mowing and edging regularly. Alternatively, you may need to go a bit further and fertilise, aerate or top dress your lawn.

The best part about all of these ideas is they don’t just add value to your home, they also add value to your lifestyle while you’re still living there! What’s your favourite?


Ideas for an Alfresco Dining Area at Home


Sick of running the air conditioner all day, every day during summer? Switch off and ditch the indoors for a stunning alfresco space that will make everyone glad to head outside and enjoy the breeze.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out some of our favourite outdoor dining areas!



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Furnish your space well

The right furniture will have your alfresco dining area looking great and feeling comfortable. Make sure you have enough seating options to cover the standard number of people you have over for outdoor gatherings.



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Photographer: Steve Ryan @rixryanphotography_aus

Go beyond the paper plates and plastic cups

While the most noticeable elements of an outdoor space make a big difference, sometimes the little things can have the biggest impact. Dress up your dining space to reflect the occasion with sophisticated glassware and china.



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Sometimes simple just works

You don’t have to deck out your patio to create a comfortable and inviting alfresco experience. Stick to the basics, and let good company and quality chats set the scene.



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Photographer: Greg Hocking

Use your space well

Sometimes more is more – if you have the room and the resources, going all out and creating a functional outdoor kitchen can add heaps of value to your home (and to your lifestyle!).



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Keep it light

You’re bound to use your alfresco dining area when the weather is at its warmest. Make the space light and bright, and invite breezes in with louvre-style features and built-in ceiling fans.



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Equip your area

If you’re a regular party host, you’ll already know what you need to make sure everyone has a good time. Whether it’s a bar fridge, an esky, or cocktail-style tables, personalise the space for your alfresco needs.

Whether you prefer a minimalist look or you’re planning out where the built-in double barbeque will sit, an alfresco dining area is the perfect place to enjoy the weather and make memories.

Stuck on getting your space sorted for the hottest months of the year? Make sure you check out our post on how to prep your patio for summer before you get started.


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