Do you love to entertain? The team from I Own Australia's Best Home share their expert advice.
If dinner parties, casual hangouts or family get togethers are important to you, there are a few things to consider when building your dream home.
“It all starts with that initial diagram, and really drilling down on exactly how you like to move.” – Nick Tobias
Consider your home’s climate
There’s no point building a killer deck if it’s destined to get relentless sun. Instead, take the time to think about the typical weather patterns of your location; you’ll end up with an entertaining space that plays to your block’s strengths.
Steve and Ciara’s Outback Trailblazer in Australia’s red centre can see the temperature fluctuate by as much as 20°C in one day, so when constructing their courtyard home they built a double roof to help with the air flow.
TOP TIP: Build to your environment. Take into account temperature, orientation, rain and wind.
Reuse and repurpose furniture
Katy’s Stylish Beach Shack is sprinkled with pieces that each have a story. From savvy roadside finds to treasured family hand-me-downs, she’s enhanced her entertaining spaces with well-loved furniture, making her home a comfortable and cozy place to hang out.
TOP TIP: Give life to older pieces. Whether you’ve inherited your Grandma’s kitchen table or spotted a discarded sofa on the kerb, you can reinvigorate older pieces and make them integral to your kitchen, lounge room or outdoor entertaining area.
Roy and Wendy clearly appreciate the good things in life. From their sweeping gardens (with three man-made lakes!) to their ornate furnishings, everything about their Italian Villa lends itself to their passions: family, food… and wine!
TOP TIP: Love wine? Get yourself a wine cellar – or at the very least, a massive wine rack!