- 25 March 2015
Creating the perfect outdoor room
Creating the perfect outdoor room for your family to enjoy is a wonderful way to extend your home. With so many factors and design options to consider, ensuring that your new space is both functional and aesthetically pleasing can become a daunting task.
The design for your outdoor room will firstly be dictated by the size and shape of your backyard and at times the existing vegetation. Green Earth Homes are pleased to inform you that fantastic spaces have been created in the most challenging backyards and sometimes it is just a matter of getting creative with your space and thinking outside your square.
The first rule when designing your new outdoor room is to ensure that you maximise your space, no area is to be wasted. Getting your design right can be time consuming, however a well thought-out plan will optimise the possibilities for your space and maximise your enjoyment.
Stay green. If you have established trees in your garden where you want to build, why not consider creating your outdoor space around these trees and make them a focal point of your design instead of removing them. Remember in our Queensland climate, shade is necessary, it assists with keeping your home cool in summer and your electricity bills low. Create your deck and pergola between these trees; this will give you great natural shade during the day and with the correct use of lighting to showcase the length of the tree and leaves, an effective and colourful decoration at night.
Keep your costs down when looking at the big picture: Look where existing features are in your backyard and consider if they can be redesigned or reused in another location? Consider incorporating recycled timber screen walls or water walls to divide the space in and around your new outdoor room effectively. Design your outdoor shower to recycle the runoff water throughout your garden. Ensure that your garden and planter boxes are on a timed irrigation system and install a rainwater tank into your backyard but remember to cleverly disguises it into your landscaping. All of these options are fantastic ways to save money on your water bill.
When creating your outdoor room, consider bringing your indoor space out to your outdoor area.Designing a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor will provide you with so much more flexible and enjoyable living space, and let’s be honest this is what it is all about. Be careful to consider the interiors of your home; what can be translated into the outdoor space successfully? Which of your homes points can be carried through into your outdoor project? Do you have wooden floors, high timber beams and beautiful slate? Can any of these features be utalised in your new space?
Help, my space is SMALL: The trick with small spaces is to remember that simplicity is the key. All elements that you are considering to incorporate into your space must have a purpose, if they don’t, don’t do it. Be clever and create an illusion of space in your small area. How? Consider using visual tricks such as well positioned mirrors, raise your deck, oversize the pavers and incorporate vertical plants into your landscaping. Storage is always a concern in a small area. To ensure you maximise your space, consider installing banquette seating with storage space underneath. What a great place to store your garden tools, pool equipment or your outdoor soft furnishings from the weather.
Your secret garden, your privacy: Privacy? What a luxury for many of us; the team at Green Earth Homesare pleased to advise however that the sense of relaxation, peacefulness and retreat that you desire is achievable and affordable. To create your secret garden, firstly decide on your timeframe. Do you want this privacy immediately, or can you wait for your hedge to grow? Secondly, what are you needs and wants? Do you want a screen to block the neighbours view into your new outdoor room, or do you need to decrease the noise from your street? Once you have decided upon your time, needs and wants, you can then consider the materials for your screen. What do you want to see used your garden? We highly recommend using materials that you already have in your outdoor space. Timber can be skilfully designed into screening, planting a hedge or creepers to grown along an old brick or concrete fence will really create that sense of seclusion and offer a soft, lush feel to your space. Don’t forget in the midst of your planning to spare a thought for your neighbours and communicate your ideas with them. Keep them informed and onside; by doing this you could potential save yourself money in the long term.
Finally when designing your outdoor room don’t forget to consider the direction that your garden faces. Be careful not to block the northern sunlight from your room, this will guarantee your maximum enjoyment throughout the Queensland seasons.
At Green Earth Homes we love helping you transform your backyard to create a unique space for you and your family to enjoy. Be passionate when designing your new outdoor space, be innovative and ensure you create exactly what you want.