Spring is certainly in the air as temperatures start to rise. Soon enough you’ll be wanting to make the most of your outdoor space. This is why it’s so important to put the effort in now to create a great outdoor area.
Lockdown has certainly inspired us to rethink our indoor and outdoor living areas. Why not dress up your garden space as a luxury resort-style entertainment area.
You may be lucky enough to have a pool, but if not, there are plenty of other elements you can bring which will provide you with the glamour and make the neighbourhood certainly envious!
Whatever your garden size, there are plenty of options
With a growing number of us living in apartments, the concept of gardening is changing. Creating a balcony oasis will give you the benefits of a garden but without having the maintenance. Don’t forget there are no rules to where your garden starts and ends. If you’re limited with outdoor space, you can start your oasis inside with some colourful indoor plants which extend out towards your doorway. Another option suitable for smaller areas includes vertical gardens.
Handyman Homes can assist you by hanging trellis
1. Fireplaces & Fire-pits
A fire pit becomes a centrepiece to any garden for family gatherings, cooking up a BRAAI feast, or just simply to toast marshmallows with the kids. Fire pits bring the ambience so you can enjoy the outdoors on a cool spring evening.
Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes with some smaller models made for indoor use with environmentally friendly bioethanol fuel.
If you have the space, why not go for a real head-turner and have Handyman Homes build you something big! Make sure you have good enough clearance from overhanging trees.
2. Retaining Walls
Give your backyard some shape by landscaping and installing retaining walls. Create distinct areas and give your garden some purpose. They provide a variety of benefits including drainage, safety aspects from soil erosion, as well as creating something aesthetically pleasing in the garden.
Handyman Homes can help you with a new build or even replace or repair an existing failing wall.
Always check with the local authorities. A retaining wall may impact your neighbours garden with the flow of water and create drainage problems. Speak to the experts and contact Handyman Homes for a quote.
3. The Outdoor Kitchen
If you love cooking, and you have the room for it, why not dress up your outdoor space to include an outdoor kitchen and dining area. With it, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy the weather and comfort of the home. It also provides that additional space to entertain the family.
The key essentials to an outdoor kitchen include:
- Built-in gas grill
- Side burner
- Compact refrigerator
- Trash bin
- Storage cupboards
Additional options include:
- Pizza oven
- Wine cooler
- Sink & faucet
- Ice maker
Some outdoor kitchens you can buy are complete and ready to install. If you’re on a budget, you can always find some second-hand accessories on Marketplace or Gumtree e.g. a small fridge or wine cooler. Handyman Homes can help you design and put it together.
Kitchen areas are best placed under shelter to protect them from the outdoor elements.
4. Don’t forget safety!
If you are building with combustible materials as many outdoor kitchens area, you’ll need an insulated jacket built around the grill. This is basically a stainless steel buffer that retains in the heat to stop it from scorching the counter and also acts as a protector from weathering and corrosion. Make sure your grill area is ventilated and has good clearance from low ceilings and is not too close to the wall of your main residence. Never install cooking and cooling appliances together – they both need to ventilate as they generate a lot of heat. You don’t want to build yourself a fire hazard! There is usually a zoning code requirement for outdoor kitchen spaces. You may need to check with local property laws.
Got an outdoor kitchen area already?
Why not dress it up or give it a theme? Consider hiring a wall muralist or graffiti artist to paint your fences or walls with a beach or tropical scene. By surrounding the backdrop with colourful flowers and exotic plants, you’ll bring the backdrop to life. You can find local mural artists online or be bold and give it a try yourself or with the children.
5. Bar Area
By adding your own bar to your garden, you’re opening up the possibilities of outdoor family entertainment and certainly looks great against any BRAAI area or outdoor kitchen you may have. Simply have a garden shed built or utilise the one you may already have by clearing it out. Have Handyman Homes cut you out a serving hatch, create a bar top and give it a colour of paint. Simply dress it up by printing and laminating a few well-known drinking brand labels and imagery. Add a few bar stalls, bar snacks, and dressing it with shelves of your favourite beer, spirits, or wine.
6. Dressing up
Dress up your garden with some colourful beach towels laid out across your sun-lounges. Follow the colour through to matching cushions, tableware, or cloths. Add plenty of outdoor ambient lighting to give your garden a party-style atmosphere and consider having some outdoor speakers fitted in and around your space.
7. Children’s Play House
Get your children outdoors and away from the television! We’re all spending far too much time these days sitting in front of screens. Curb the battle early and hopefully, they will get into the habit of spending more time outside, especially while so young.
A play house is their space to play and learn as they grow. It also gives you the freedom to stop worrying about them playing out on the street and gives them a sense of independence and personal space.
Handyman Homes can help build and install your play house for any occasion or birthday present surprise.
8. Outdoor Living Space
Using strategically placed furniture that has pops of colour and is comfortable yet durable makes a perfect place to gather and relax.
9. Paving and Pathways
Brick pavers can be used on a winding path, a patio or patio extension and much much more. With so many different choices, there is perfect fit for everyone. Natural stone pathways are a great alternative to a side walk or the like. It also is quite complimentary to your garden when used as stepping stones.
10. Building, Repairing and Maintaining Decks and Pergolas
OK. This might not be high on your list of things to do, but natural elements such as timbers should be looked after, especially when exposed to the weather. During the Summer months, decks tend to get used a lot. It is important to keep them in good condition. You should oil your deck at least twice a year.
Handyman Homes can help rejuvenate your existing deck or build you a completely new one, just in time for the warmer weather.