Verandahs, decks and courtyards play an important role in the look and feel of a house. Charlie Albone shows us how to make an impact in your garden!
It’s not always a garden which is the outstanding outdoor feature of a home! but first things first, you’ll need to decide whether yours is a private retreat, to hide away from the world, or is it going to be the hub of social life?
If you have a large space, you can still create personal cosy areas in the same way you would with an open plan living room. Just follow these tips!
- Group your furniture, create a dining area and use pots as virtual room dividers. Don’t discount even the smallest balcony or deck, a simple table and chairs can turn it into a usable space!
- For bigger decks and patios, pots and plants add visual interest, but you’ll need to select the right plants to suit conditions. So, if your deck gets a lot of sun, you should try herbs, grasses or succulents
- Your furniture should also be suitable for your climate and weather coverage and should suit the exterior of your house. If your furniture is exposed to the elements choose synthetic rattan and waterproof fabrics to prevent rotting.
- Wood weathers the elements and require regular maintenance or it will silver with age. Make sure you position your furniture for maximum outlook – to take in a view, or watching the kids play in the pool.
Outdoor living is a big part of family life and with a bit of time and effort is as good as having an extra room, so it pays to give your patio or balcony just as much attention as your interiors.
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