This July, Australian Outdoor Living had the privilege of exhibiting at Melbourne’s renowned Build and Renovating Expo at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.
There was a great turn out of visitors ready to learn about the latest trends and innovations in home and garden design from some of the best companies and experts in the country.
Since not all of you were able to get down there, we’ve put together our very own review of the show, including what we thought were the highlights of the weekend.
To help us out, our Victorian Sales Manager Richard Shaw was at the show to detail the top events for us. Watch his comments here.
The annual Build and Renovating Expo is a place for trade professionals and serious home renovators to go to attend seminars, demonstrations and interactive sessions. Plus they get to see brand new products, designs and services, including those from Australian Outdoor Living. Here are our favourite features of this year’s show:
The Modern Home
The Modern Home exhibit focused on expanding the Aussie outdoor area so that you bring indoor living to the fresh outdoors. Set as a centrepiece on the exhibition floor, this mock-up of a backyard featured a granny flat, a kid’s or teen hangout, and a chic backyard entertaining zone.
The theme behind the concept was clear – backyards are about optimising your space, coaxing people outdoors and minimising work for the busy modern family.
To this end, the entertaining zone highlighted the benefits of synthetic grass. Looking fabulously lush and green, it was a selling point for many visitors because of its low maintenance – no mowing or watering required!
And of course, a trendy backyard would be incomplete today without the barbecue available to cook up a feast when the guests are around.
Bordering the outdoor entertaining area was an energy efficient granny flat, as well as a teen hangout housed inside – no joke – a shipping container. Insulated and soundproof, it’s an ingenious way of getting your kids out of your hair – and when they grow up you can have it shipped off elsewhere, or turn it into your own studio or home office.
The Modern Home was a clear favourite for visitors. It showcased how you can transform your disused backyard space into the place to be for all the family.
ALink Building Activity Zone
Of course, the expo didn’t have to be just for serious professionals and home-builders. This year’s show made it clear that all manner of people were welcome – including the little ones.
The ALink Building Activity Zone offered opportunities for interested families and aspiring tradies to participate in carpentry workshops.
It was particularly a great hands-on activity for the kids, who enthusiastically got involved, painting birdhouses and helping to build and paint a picket fence and a brick wall. Even better than that, kids were able to take home their very own personalised woodwork project.
Speed Date an Expert
The Speed Date an Expert was a fantastic opportunity for visitors to have a 10 minute chat with an expert of their choice to ask all the things they were worrying over for their next reno project.
There were experts there to cover all stages of the building and renovation process, from planning to design, and the kitchen to the backyard.
Products, Services and Designs
We were impressed with what we saw from the array of exhibitors participating in this year’s expo. And it seemed that the visitors were equally enthralled. Our own exhibit showed off our fine Victorian range of synthetic grasses and outdoor café and shade blinds. But there were products and services covering all aspects of the building and renovating process, from securing a bank loan to installing the finishing touches.
Australian Outdoor Living enjoyed participating in this exhibition. As Richard Shaw said:
“This has been a really good show for us. And hopefully for the shows in the future, we can get the same benefits from them… From the looks of it, I think that’s really achievable.”
Ready to Renovate?
Inspired to renovate your backyard? Check out our other resources and be in-the-know on the latest trends and innovations in outdoor design!
- Find out what we learned at the Expo about the evolution of the Aussie backyard
- Check out trending outdoor designs and products on display at the Expo
- Explore some of those products we showcased at the show right here on our website. Take a look at our pergola products, our decking designs, and our range of artificial grasses
- Contact us today for a FREE measure and quote.