A Guide to Creating the Perfect Terrace


The Australian summer will soon be upon us again and every homeowner is thinking about their outdoor living space and if you are leaning towards a complete garden revamp, here are a few tips to help you create the perfect relaxation area for you and your family.

  • Design Layout – Take a leaf from the landscape gardener’s book and create a floorplan that is to scale. Add items as you go until you have a firm plan, then list the materials, fixtures and fittings and search online.
  • Timber Decking – Locally harvested Jarrah is the ideal timber for terrace decking, or you might prefer seasoned hardwood, which looks stunning and lasts a lifetime with some preservation. Make sure the slat widths are in proportion with the size of the deck and colour staining can help to blend with the property.
  • Outdoor Cooking Area – Rather than focus on the kitchen and ferrying food out to the deck, order one of the premier BBQ rangehoods and a few stainless-steel cabinets, with a double sink unit and crockery storage. This is by far the best way to cater for guests and the online supplier has the best deals.
  • Shading – Invest in a retractable roof, which is considered a permanent structure and therefore boosts the value of the property. Hi-tech features include sun, rain and wind sensors and you can operate the roof via a mobile app (that will impress your buddies).
  • Water Feature – It is amazing how running water creates a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere; a water fountain in front of the terrace works, while so does calling in a local landscaper and have him create a pond with a stream and tiny waterfall. Exterior water walls are great and with multi-coloured LED lights as a backdrop, you can create a Disney-like ambience.
  • Hanging Chairs & Hammock – The ultimate for relaxation hanging egg chairs take up no floorspace and they are very comfortable; the hammock can be strung on the opposite side of the BBQ area and you have the perfect relaxation area.
  • Natural Greenery – Integrate indoor plants for essential greenery; check out your local nursery on a Sunday morning for a great selection of flora and fauna and you will find attractive plants to adorn the terrace.
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While this is a considerable investment, you and your family will reap the many benefits and everything you need can be sourced from online suppliers.