Buyers expect more from a garden these days, and a well-planned outdoor space adds real value and appeal to your home. It's like adding an extra room.
If you live in a small home, maximising your space is definitely a must. Bunnings has plenty of great ideas and advice to help you create an outdoor area in any size space.
Every outdoor space needs a good solid foundation. It sets the tone for your whole area, so choose flooring that’s going to suit your decor. It can be anything from decking and paving to stone or even concrete.
Plan your layout first to make sure it’s going to fit your needs. Work out how much of the area you want to use for sitting or dining versus standing space, as well as any design features.
Choose furniture that’s functional. A large table can take up most of a small area. A two-piece setting may be all you need, but if you want to entertain guests, keep your tables, chairs and even couches around the perimeter for more standing space.
Alternatively, you could set up a counter in the middle and add bar stools to create a place for food preparation, eating and entertaining all in one. You can also border the whole area with built-in bench seating, leaving enough standing space around the counter.
No outdoor space is complete without a few creature comforts. Little touches like cushions and outdoor rugs can make a big visual impact, but there are also plenty of features you can still fit in to make it more functional.
You’ll find loads of BBQs for small spaces. Choose something portable like a kettle, two burner or pizza oven to store away and wheel out when you need it.
Add some warmth with a fire pit, chimenea, or gas heater. Then keep the heat in and the cold out with some clear bistro blinds.
Lighting can really open up a space. There are plenty of solar options available, which you can line up around the edges or even build in.
For a touch of nature, add some pot plants or hanging baskets around the perimeter. Install a vertical garden on the wall or fence. You can even get furniture with built-in planter boxes.
Having stuff laying around makes any space look cluttered, especially a small one. Built-in seating can double as storage boxes. Install some shelving on any walls or fences, or build down and create a mini-cellar in the floor.
Protect you and your guests from the sun with some simple shading like umbrellas, portable gazebos, tarps and shade sails.
Build a pergola over the area, grow creeper across it for beautiful natural shade or install some Laserlite roofing over it.
Screening is great for privacy but it can also protect you from low sun. You can even install some retractable awnings on top to wind out when you need that extra protection.
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