If you love entertaining, why not establish your home as the go-to for neighbourhood parties? Or perhaps you just want to have your neighbours peeking over and wishing they had such a nice space on their side of the fence. No matter your motivation, we know how to create a patio that everyone can enjoy – even if they don’t get to experience it firsthand!
It all starts with design
If you’re lucky enough to build from scratch, keep in mind that a great design is the foundation for an awe-inspiring space. You’ll want high-quality flooring and roofing, sufficient air flow, access to power, good natural light or lighting, and enough head height that you don’t have to hunch over when walking around. Keeping these basics in mind, you can work with your builders to design an open and airy outdoor space. Good builders will work with all the stakeholders in your household to ensure a high-quality design that everyone loves, all while considering elements like drafting, engineering and council approvals.
A good design will lend itself to different décors and uses, but a bad design will likely limit how you use your patio. Putting in the hard work through the design phase will be worth it when you have a highly practical area that adds value to your home and lifestyle.
While design is the foundation, furniture is the bricks and mortar. You can throw an aluminium set on your patio and be done with it, but if you’re planning to spend more than 10 minutes at a time outside, you’ll probably want furniture that is strong, comfortable and durable. Depending on how much room you’re working with, you may be able to fit a dining set, a lounge set, or even both, making your outdoor area a truly functional extension of your home.
The perfect plants
Whether you want to create a tropical retreat, an outdoor oasis or an industrial haven, the right plants can add a touch of luxury to any space. Head down to your local plant nursery and speak with the people there – they should be able to recommend plants based on your patio’s exposure to the elements and the look you’re trying to achieve, so you can get the right greenery for the job.
A bit of personality!
After all, it’s your home! Décor is the finishing touch to crafting a patio that your neighbours wish was their own. For example, if you love frogs, place a cute frog ornament next to one of your pot plants. If you love art, consider hanging a unique canvas on a wall. Whatever you choose though, be wary of going over the top – one or two little stone frogs tucked away are cute and quirky, but a large frog statue in the middle of the floor might be a little over-the-top.
You don’t have to be the next contestant on The Block to get the best patio in the suburb. By carefully considering which elements to add to your space, you’ll end up with a gorgeous patio that is comfortable, practical and versatile.
Want to find out more about patio designs? Or team is ready to have a chat – simply contact us today!