The New Year is almost upon us and if you are looking to make some garden improvements for the rest of the summer, your options are many. A combination of style and functionality is always a requirement for outdoor improvements, and with that in mind, here are just a few additions that can transform your outdoor living space.
Made to Measure Awnings
If you want the ultimate in stylish shading, the latest generation of outdoor retractable awnings offer total control and with a range of great colours, your shading will become a feature of the home. Finding outdoor awnings in Melbourne isn’t as difficult as you might think, especially with an online search, and once you have made contact with a local supplier, they would be happy to send an expert to your home, where you can discuss all your options. Folding arm design allows for large spans to be covered and there are several systems that might suit your needs, including a cantilevered design that is ideal for open spaces.
Replace the Outdoor Furniture
If your garden tables and chairs have seen better days, now is the time to replace them. There are huge garden centres in and around Melbourne where you can inspect a wide range of stylish furniture in a typical garden setting. Rattan style units are waterproof and will withstand anything the harsh Australian climate can muster, while aluminium offers a modern solution to terrace seating. Online suppliers of garden furniture often have special offers and by regularly visiting their website, you will know when a preferred suite is on offer.
Replacing the Decking
This can really transform the terrace, and with engineered planking that looks and feels like solid timber, decking has never been more affordable. There are many timber-grain finishes and the job could be done in a single weekend, leaving you with a new terrace. You may have a stone terrace and if it is good order, giving it a power wash will restore the surface to its original condition. Once your decking has been replaced, you are ready for the coming party season, which is just around the corner, and with an annual clean, it will offer you many years of trouble-free service.
Of course, you may already have cooking facilities on your terrace, which likely leads to endless trips to the kitchen, and by ordering made to measure stainless steel cabinets and worktops, your outdoor kitchen is all set for some serious catering. The BBQ would be the centrepiece and if yours has seen better days, why not treat yourself to a Weber? A small fridge-freezer is one corner takes the pressure off the main kitchen, and with adequate storage space, you no longer have to cross the terrace every time you need something. If you enjoy hosting parties, having a bespoke outdoor kitchen installed will make entertaining easier and your guests will always remember your gatherings, thanks to the delicious menus you constantly serve up.
There’s a lot you can do with outdoor lighting – LED solutions offer you unlimited illumination choices – and if you are looking for some lighting inspiration, a Google image search will help. Once the awning has been installed, you can look forward to many years of adjustable shading, keeping you and your family out of that harmful sun. An injection of trees and shrubs will never go amiss and for some, artificial turf provides the lawn, which never needs cutting, and by adding a little colour here and there, your garden will be the chosen place for the family R&R.