As we move towards the New Year, the great Australian summer is well and truly here and that is the perfect time to do some outdoor improvements. This is a time for garden BBQs and late evening get-togethers with good friends; if you are looking to add a few features to your exterior living space, here are a few ideas.
1. Water Wall
If you have yet to lay eyes on a water wall, Google is your best friend and can take you to a website that sells water walls in a range of sizes and designs; they have stand-alone units and with coloured LED backlighting, you can transform any outdoor space. Make sure the water wall is turned off when you are using your cool John Deere ride on mower, but otherwise, there’s very little maintenance needed with a water wall. There’s something soothing about the sound of running water and you’ll notice this as soon as the feature is installed; other family members will likely mention how calm they feel now the water wall is working.
2. Outdoor Jacuzzi
Yes, it is quite an investment, but we haven’t met an Australian homeowner who regrets buying a jacuzzi pool. The first thing to look at is available space, then start browsing the supplier websites, where you’ll find all the information about specific makes and models. Of course, you have a budget and we don’t recommend cutting any corners; think of it as a wise long-term investment that is a major feature of the property, which it most certainly is.
3. Bali Hut
We’ve all been to Bali and there’s no reason why you can’t order a Bali Hut kit; all you have to do is prepare the base to their recommended dimensions and follow the installation instructions. It is important to check how the huts are made; there is a traditional method of thatching that they use in Bali and with the right materials, your outdoor relaxation setting is complete. If you would rather not have a thatched roof, slate tiles make for a stunning covering, with high-quality timber and brass fittings. For those who are looking to buy their first property, here are a few tips.
4. Fibreglass Pool
If you have the space and are looking for a challenging DIY project, fibreglass pools are very reasonably priced; hire an excavator for the weekend and your local builder can handle the pool filtration. Alternatively, you could call in a local pool builder and ask them to quote for the project; the professionals make short work of a small pool installation and this will be the best home improvement ever!
5. Build a bar on the terrace
If you haven’t already squared that one away and you are handy with your hands, why noy build a timber bar, with racks for glasses and spirit bottles; a few barstools and a keg on tap and you have a great place to share a few cold ones with your mates. Start by browsing designs on Google and if you would rather a professional does the work, a local carpenter is the guy to call. If you have a wall to provide a backdrop that’s great, otherwise you could build a circular bar as an island.
The great thing about making improvements at home is the added value and over the years, you can turn your home into a palace. Summer is the best season of the year, as we can make best use of our outdoor living space and do what we can to make it more luxurious and comfortable.