14 Oct Outdoor entertaining area designs to try in your backyard
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You know it’s true. We love to eat, drink, and be merry in our own backyards, and with most of the country experiencing long spells of warm weather, it’s no wonder outdoor living is so popular.
From the verandahs of traditional homes to the alfresco areas that are widespread in contemporary home design, outdoor entertaining is here to stay. Whether you’re commencing a new build, or planning a major makeover, we’ve rounded up outdoor entertaining area ideas, tips and inspiration to help you create the ultimate outdoor entertaining area.
Deciding on the layout for your outdoor entertaining area
When it comes to creating the ultimate outdoor entertaining area, layout is everything. Get your layout right and the whole space will feel cohesive and inviting, as well as be a breeze to use and move around in.
So just how do you create the right layout? It’s all about creating zones to separate various activities like cooking, eating and drinking, conversation and relaxing. You also need to create an easy flow within the area; this can be as simple as not putting the outdoor dining table lengthways in front of doorways or too close to the cooking area.
Materials for outdoor entertainment areas
The materials used in your outdoor entertaining area should complement your home’s existing architectural style, and harmonise with the surrounding landscape. Timber decking is hugely popular for outdoor areas but can be high maintenance. If it’s not from sustainable sources it can increase your home’s carbon footprint, too.
Achieve the aesthetic appeal of timber without the environmental impact with an eco-friendly decking solution like ModWood decking, which is made from reclaimed sustainable plantation pine waste and recycled plastic bottles. Plus, it’s splinter-free making it a safe option for families with young children.
Outdoor entertaining designs: Include an outdoor kitchen
Nothing says ‘ultimate outdoor entertaining area’ like a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. With a built-in barbecue, sink and prep-area and all-important drinks fridge you’ll be well on your way to claiming the title. Want to take it up a notch? Add a built-in pizza oven or fireplace to keep the space cosy in the cooler months, and a wireless speaker system to play your favourite tunes.
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Choosing foliage for your outdoor entertaining area
Add depth and character to your outdoor area with a focal point like a stunning foliage feature wall. Sometimes referred to as living walls, vertical greenery is fast gaining popularity in exterior home design. If you’re not the DIY type, green walls are perfect for outdoor areas; they work just as well for homes with small backyards, courtyards or balconies as they can be scaled smaller or larger to suit the space.
Outdoor entertaining ideas: Add smart home technology
Smart home technology is becoming more prevalent, and with wifi almost everywhere, outdoor entertaining areas are no exception. From wireless outdoor speakers and lighting that can be controlled via an app on your smart phone to wireless weather stations and robot lawnmowers, technology is key to creating your best outdoor entertaining area ever.
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