Enjoying your outside living space all year round

The end of Summer, especially in Australia, doesn’t have to mean the end of outdoor living. Whether you enjoy family meals outdoors, entertaining friends or just relaxing on a comfy day bed with a good book, the following ideas will help you make use of your backyard all year round.

Create an outdoor living room – just like an internal living space, creating an outdoor zone that functions like a living area will give your home extra space and a relaxing environment that takes advantage of Perth’s great weather.

Use furniture and design elements to visually separate the whole area into multiple zones, including a dining area, conversation zone and a cosy nook, complete with daybed. Use pots plants, rugs, water features or small retaining walls to distinguish between zones. To seamlessly blend the outdoor and indoor living spaces, use similar flooring and colour palette choices; this will make the outdoor area feel like an extension of the indoor living space. Further to this, having folding doors to the alfresco area gives you the opportunity to make the indoor and outdoor areas into one big space.

The perfect outdoor kitchen - For an alfresco area that inspires socialising with friends and family, nothing beats including an outdoor kitchen. From a simple built in barbeque and bar fridge, to an elaborate set up including sink, storage and fully plumbed fridge...there is something to suit every budget. Want to take it to the next level? Consider adding a pizza oven or fire pit to enjoy on cold wintery nights.

Don’t forget the finishing touches!

Add comfort - to ensure year round use, add a heating source near the main seating areas (firepit, outdoor fireplace or heater) and consider installing outdoor blinds, which will not only add value to your home, but will be perfect for protecting against the elements in both summer and winter.

To give the space a relaxed feel, use comfortable furniture. By adding a daybed, cushions, throws and outdoor rugs, you will be able to create an inviting and cosy atmosphere.

Add lighting – instil a sense of whimsy by decorating the area with fairy lights and lanterns and line pathways and decks with solar lights. Lighting is the best way to create ambience without spending too much.

Add colour – Bring the garden closer by erecting a vertical garden, filled with herbs, flowers or succulents, and add greenery with pot plants and hanging baskets. Introduce even more colour with accessories, such as outdoor cushions, a weather resistant rug, patterned planter pots and outdoor art.

Being a Perth Home Builder, Ben Trager Homes knows what works in this climate, so if you’re looking for inspiration, simply spend a weekend or two visiting our many display homes; where you’ll find all sorts of great ideas for your outdoor living project.