Your garden or patio area is an important extension of the space you have to live in. Taking the time to turn your exterior space into an area that your family can enjoy means that you’ll gain an outdoor room in which you can spend many happy evenings.
Create an Outdoor Space
The backyard BBQ is a classic part of Australian life- and there’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful Summer evening than to be able to invite friends around to enjoy a meal outdoors. Creating a welcoming space to host guests in and one that’s also safe for children is a great way to use your outdoor area but one that requires some well planned exterior design.
Safety in BBQ areas
First consider where you will place your BBQ. This should be a flat area in close proximity to the kitchen, so you can easily carry food from the fridge or bench to the BBQ. Once you have the spot in mind, think about the flooring surface. If decking is already in place, make sure this is properly sealed to repel grease or oil stains. Building a BBQ area with safety in mind will mean that you’ll get more enjoyment out of using it. Stick to clean flat surfaces and you’ll have an easier time both cooking and cleaning.
Once you have your spot picked out, think about what kind of BBQ you’d like. Will your BBQ be in-built with a direct gas line or portable? Will it be gas or charcoal? Chances are you’ll be heading for the class gas-bottle powered BBQ. Think about building a cover for the BBQ area- not only will it mean that you won’t need to be as careful with covering the BBQ when it’s not in use, it will also mean that the cooking area can still be used when the weather isn’t so great.
If you have the room, you may want to think about adding some extras for entertaining. A beautiful outdoor table and chairs, an outdoor umbrella, even an outdoor day bed or lounge. Of course an outdoor sink can be really useful for preparation and clean up. If you’re planning on entertaining often, you might even think about building an outdoor bar, a spa pool or adding an area for a projector screen. You’ll have a hard time getting rid of your guests!
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