One in two Australian homeowners use their outdoor space for entertaining. Our warm climate and love of fresh air make spending time outdoors a top priority for many homeowners across Australia. If you’ve recently moved homes or now have the time or money to renovate, you might be thinking of updating or completely overhauling your backyard. Here are some changes you can make this year to enhance your property’s outdoor areas just in time for the summer holidays.

1. Get rid of the lawn or reduce its size

Over two-thirds of homeowners have a lawn, but almost half make changes to it during an outdoor project. The advantage of this is that you can replace it with more functional outdoor structures, such as a patio, deck, or gazebo. Another advantage is that there’ll be less maintenance that you’ll have to worry about, making it a perfect, stress-free area. Of course, this depends on how often you or your family uses the lawn, but if you’re finding that it remains largely untouched then it might be better to transform the area into a more functional, useful space.

2. Install new lighting

Lighting can do wonders in completely transforming the overall ambience of a space. Lighting can be used to illuminate pathways and steps, decking, and to highlight your home’s architectural or garden features. Smart LED is a great choice as it can be controlled from a mobile device. If you’re trying to keep to a budget, make sure that you plan your new lighting around your backyard’s existing features in order to minimise any potential shuffling etc.

3. Install new structures

The possibilities for this are endless. The most common structural updates in Australian outdoor renovations are decks, pergolas, verandahs, terraces, and barbecue areas. As well as this, garden beds and borders, pathways, planters and planter boxes, and fences are also popular choices. With the addition of new structures often comes the need to purchase new outdoor furniture or appliances. Keep that in mind as you’re planning your project to ensure that you don’t end up going over budget.

4. Tidy up existing structures and features

Spring cleaning is always a good way to prepare yourself for the warmer months. Sometimes all that is needed to make an area feel brand new are some basic changes. Consider applying fresh varnish to the deck, painting exterior walls, and tidying up the garden and landscaping. These basic maintenance jobs will make a world of difference in making your home feel fresh and new for the summer.

As always, our team at Alic are readily available to take your enquiries. Contact us today to receive your obligation-free quote.