Summer is fast approaching in Australia and with it plans for holiday festivities. This means it’s time to get your outdoor areas ready for summer entertaining.

There are some great ways to create or improve an outdoor entertaining area while adding value to your property. While you may need to get professional help for bigger tasks, there are quite a few DIY projects perfect to do on your weekends.

So where do you start?

Install A Deck

One of the best ways to spruce up your outdoor areas is to deck it out. Some of the most visually pleasing outdoor entertaining areas incorporate decking into their design to make for a stunning finish.

While wood is one of the most common decking materials, an increasing number of DIY enthusiasts and building professionals are making the switch to composite decking. Composite decking provides a beautiful and long-lasting product.

Your outdoor areas will be appealing, functional and easy to maintain when made from this special decking. Some of the many benefits of composite wood include:

  • Adds Value to Your Home

Not only does composite decking increase the visual appearance and livability of a home, it also increases the value of your property.

  • Easy Maintenance

One of the biggest benefits of using composite wood is that you won’t need to sand, stain, paint or oil your deck – ever. Less time spent on maintenance means more time enjoying the beautiful Australian summer.

  • Eco-Friendly Materials

Composite decking is made from primarily recycled materials such as high-grade recycled plastics and reclaimed wood fibres. This makes it a highly sustainable product with minimal environmental impact.

  • Protection Against Moisture

Wood decking is known to warp through contact with rain, moisture and water from pools. However, timber composite decking is fully capped for the best possible protection against moisture. It’s the ideal long-life product for pool decking.

The reason you build a deck or alfresco entertainment area is to enjoy it, not to spend hours maintaining it. So, before you decide to paint your worn or chipped deck, consider timber composite decking.

Add A Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting is a relatively inexpensive way to revive the look and style of your home. Faded or chipped paint is not appealing so it’s a good idea to spend some time on the weekend adding a fresh coat of paint to your outdoor areas. Consider touching up your verandah, patio, gutters and fences.

Painting is also a terrific way to add value to your home, providing a potential return of 1-3%. Look to use natural and neutral colours such as greys, creams and off-whites for best appeal.

Bring Life to Your Garden

A well-maintained garden makes all the difference when you’re wanting to impress your guests. Gardens are a great weekend DIY project the whole family can get involved in. Why not bring some life to your garden and outdoor area by:

  • Building A Garden Bed

Garden beds are not only a terrific way to provide better protection for your plants, they also look fantastic around your outdoor entertaining area. Consider building your own and growing your own vegetables and herbs, ideal for the outdoor barbeque or cook up.

  • Adding Colourful Plants

Bring some colourful native Australian plants into your garden. Australia has some beautiful species of plants available that are sure to make a statement in your backyard.

  • Build A Vertical Garden

With house sizes shrinking, vertical gardens are an aesthetic addition to smaller entertaining areas, bringing life to your backyard while taking up minimal space.

  • Consider Low Maintenance Options

If you’re strapped for time, there are some low maintenance gardening options available. Consider using rocks and pebbles to build your landscape. Fake plants and synthetic lawn also require minimal to no maintenance.

Use Innovative Lighting

Lighting can be used in a creative way to draw attention to focal points and areas in your garden. Consider using LED lights as they are versatile, practical and energy efficient. Dream up some innovative ways you can use lighting to give a warm glow to your outdoor entertaining areas and speak to a professional about bringing your dream to life.

Consider Comfort

While new decking may be one of the most impressive parts of your outdoor entertainment area, don’t forget the extra touches to make your space comfortable.  Add an alfresco dining set, fire pit and bar to ensure your outdoor area is a popular place to congregate.

Have some inspiring ideas to add value to your home? Why not leave a comment below!

Author Bio

This article is written by Alex Hamilton, who recommends NewTechWood – Suppliers of eco-friendly and maintenance free decking. You can catch him on Google+.

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