How to Increase the Entertainment Value of Your Backyard
We Aussies love entertaining in our backyards. No matter the size, the features, or the weather, many Aussie parties begin outside.
You can be the host with the most, but if your backyard doesn’t live up to its entertainment purpose, it can all be for nought.
Here are a few backyard landscaping ideas you can do to make the most of the beautiful Australian climate and up the entertainment value of your home.
Outdoor Entertainment Area Designs
Enjoy the Shade with a Pergola
The Australian sun can be beautiful, but it can also be pretty damn harsh. Protect your family and guests from harmful UV rays and stormy weather with an undercover outdoor area.
A well-designed pergola or verandah can add value to your home and improve the look of your property. It will also increase the functionality and entertainment value of your backyard.
Stay Warm with a Backyard Fire Pit
When we move into the cooler months, spending time in our backyard can become less appealing. No-one wants to sit outside in the cold…
Unless you’ve got something snazzy like a fire pit to warm your guests. A backyard earth oven or bonfire will be the perfect addition to your entertainment space, meaning you can continue entertaining outside well into autumn and winter.
Extend the Indoors with Timber Decking
Avoid muddy natural grass and ugly concrete! Timber decking is a sleek and contemporary outdoor flooring option, and makes the perfect base on which to build an excellent outdoor entertainment area.
If you’re hosting a backyard BBQ, or a buffet bonanza, you’ll be looking for a sturdy ground. Hardly achievable with just your natural lawn beneath you!
A timber deck is a fantastic way to extend your indoor living space into the outdoors. It’s got that wholesome vibe of natural woods, blending seamlessly into your outdoor space.
Plan Your Perfect Garden
If you’re planning on entertaining outdoors, you’ve got to spare a thought for aesthetics. People will see your backyard, and they’ll be able to tell immediately if you’ve got a green thumb or not.
If you’re keen to impress and you’re happy to put the time and effort into your garden, you’ll have a wide selection of plants to choose from.
But if your thumb isn’t very green, stick to native plants so all you need to do is whack them in the garden and let them do the rest.
For a small backyard, you can save on space by creating vertical gardens along your fences.
Alfresco Dining with an Alfresco Kitchen
With an outdoor kitchen, you can make it easy to cater any event from alfresco dinner for the family to a neighbourhood party.
You can increase the potential of your outdoor area by adding a barbecue, sink and bar fridge. You can even get everything you need in a complete outdoor kitchen unit.
Offer Plenty of Backyard Seating
When entertaining in your backyard, you want your guests to be comfortable and relaxed. This means you’ll need a reasonable amount of seating.
Add corner seating to allow for a more open area in a small backyard and arrange seating in a way that promotes socialising. Set up several different areas, so guests feel free to spread out.
Beat the Heat with a Swimming Pool
Everyone loves a swimming pool; they can be an attractive feature of any backyard. A swimming pool is a fun addition that will benefit the whole family, and all of your friends!
Whether you have room for a big lagoon or only enough room for a lap pool, a swimming pool will really increase the entertainment value of your backyard.
Hide the Eyesores
Lastly, you will want to hide the unsightly things common to backyards. A backyard shed can be turned into a green oasis with some creeping and climbing plants or vertical gardens made from wooden pallets.
An ugly and worn out fence can be revived with a fresh coat of paint. You can also paint the shed the same colour as the fence to camouflage it. Or add design elements to give it an original look. Light colours will make your yard look fresh and bright.
Obscure an ugly water heater, garbage bins or an aircon unit with a screen or fence. Use the same timber as your decking and add greenery to make the space beautiful. Hang mirrors to give the illusion of space.
From verandahs and pergolas, to decking and swimming pools, we can help increase the entertainment value of your backyard. Make the most out of your outdoor space with Australian Outdoor Living. Contact us today for a free measure and quote on all your big backyard projects.