Designing Your Outdoor Area

by Del Casa Homes
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The popularity of the outdoor living space has grown rapidly over the past few years. It has now become one of the most important and sort after features of our homes. The outdoor area is where we often catch up with family and friends, over good food and a relaxing drink or two.

Covered outdoor area, Pool
A great all season outdoor area. Get out of the hot Summer sun or the rainy storm, but still be able to enjoy the uncovered outdoors around the pool. Image source: Houzz Australia

When building your home, it is important to think about the design and use of your outdoor area, as it is an added investment on your home. Property reports show that spending as little as 5% of your home’s value on good quality, low maintenance landscape could increase the resale of your home by up to 15%. Research also shows that the resale speed can increase by as much as 6 weeks.

When designing your outdoor area keep in mind the appearance you want to achieve. Do you want a modern, contemporary or perhaps a rustic look?  Next think about how will the space be used.  Are you wanting to have long family meals, will you be  entertaining parties or do you just want a space where you can relax and lounge about in with a cup of coffee? Then think about the overall maintenance, how much time do you have to maintain the materials used? And then of course your budget, will the look and feel your after fit into your budget?

Beach Style Patio
Beach Style Patio. This is a perfect setup for people who want to have long lazy family meals – Image source: Houzz Australia

Once you have those basic ideas in place you can think about what materials need to be used to achieve your look. Timber, concrete and pavers are all great flooring options and can be used to create different appearances. Do your research on your products, some will be easier to maintain than others and of course they  will vary in price as well.

Tiled Patio
Easily maintained tiled patio – image source: Houzz Australia

Next think about how often you want to use your area. Do you want to be able to use it all year round, no matter what the weather is? If so, you will need to consider if you want your outdoor living space covered or not. Many people opt to have a mixture of both, some covered and some open. Also if you are wanting to use your outdoor space in winter, will you need heating? Click Here to read how to winterise your outdoor space

Covered and uncovered outdoor entertaining area.
Use this indoor/ outdoor area in rain or sunshine. Image source: Houzz Australia
Stone Fire Pit
Keep warm around this rustic country style fire pit. Image source: Houzz

No matter what you want your living space to be, with careful planning and a thorough thought process and a realistic approach it is very achievable.