As Australians, outdoor living is in our blood. We love spending time in the great outdoors and will jump at any chance to host a leisurely weekend breakfast, a casual afternoon barbie or some drinks with friends out in our back garden or on our deck. Creating the Perfect Deck There are so many cleverly designed and low maintenance materials on the market today, it can be easy and affordable to get yourself a deck built in time for Summer. A well designed and good looking deck not only adds value to your property but it serves as the perfect spot to entertain your guests. Before you start, here are a few things to consider:

  • Orientation is a major consideration. How are you going to keep the sun in or out? How will you avoid blustery winds? And of course – how can you maximise your view?
  • Will your deck be somewhere to go and relax and be at one with nature or will it be a hive of activity as it plays host to friends and family all season long?
  • If it’s going to be a space for chilling, you’ll need to consider cover and furniture that will allow for a nice long stay.
  • If you plan to use it primarily for entertaining, you’ll need room for a BBQ, table and chairs and room for standing.
  • Also, if you plan to use your deck for dining al fresco, plan to have it off the kitchen for easy access.

Outdoor Furniture Outdoor Furniture has come a long way from the old wrought iron table and chairs! Now we are spoilt for choice with a range of furniture that includes day beds, sofas, lounge chairs and even bean bags. The focus now is on comfort and furniture is constructed with excellent quality foam and weather proof fabrics meaning that mattresses and cushions can now be left outside to brave the elements. Don’t be afraid to use a statement piece of furniture as the focal point of your garden. There are so many wonderful outdoor fabric designs available that can add a touch of fun to your outdoor space. For maximum flexibility, choose modular furniture that can be reconfigured depending on your requirements. Also think of pieces that can double as a chair or a table such as a generously sized ottoman. If you choose relatively light pieces, it will be easy to move them to different areas of the garden. Be sure to care for your furniture to prolong its life. Try and keep timber and rattan protected from the elements as much as possible. Clean the pieces regularly and oil any timber about every 6 months. What do you plan to use your outdoor space for this Spring?