There are many reasons to make upgrades to a home. Some homeowners make changes to meet family needs, some do it to improve the enjoyment of the house, and some do it with an eye to improving the property value with the idea of selling down the line. Whatever the reason, there are lots of great ideas that can make a place look better and make it more enjoyable for everyone living there. Let’s take a look at the most popular home improvement projects for 2021.
Patios - Functional and Eye-Catching
Patios are one of the most popular home improvement projects in Australia today. They serve several functions - they provide shade and protection from the sun; they are ideal for using day and night if lighting and a fan is installed in the roof. There are many different styles to choose from and the right one can really enhance an outdoor area, turning it into an outdoor entertainment oasis.
Pavilions - Style and Value
For homeowners that want to take the improvement of an outdoor space a step further, a pavilion can add significantly to a home’s value and the enjoyment. A pavilion is usually an open structure, able to be built attached or detached from the frame of a house. They range from simple posts to intricate designs. The only limits are the imagination of the contractor.
Decks – Use and Appeal
Adding a deck to a home – BIG or small, can change its whole look and enhance the enjoyment of an outdoor space massively. A tiled or cement flooring is ok, but a professionally built wooden deck can be a focal point and an extension of the living space to the outdoors. They are an ideal place to entertain and spend time with family and friends. It is perfect to get a deck and add a pavilion or patio at the same time. This allows the homeowner to create an outdoor zone with a common theme that complements the home and increases its value BIG time.
Outdoor Blinds - Shade and Privacy
You know what completes an outdoor zone? …Outdoor blinds. While a new deck and pavilion/patio are amazing to have, they can’t completely protect from the heat of the sun, but adding outdoor blinds can definitely do that. These beauties add extra shade and also help to improve privacy - even when neighbours are friends there are still times when we want to enjoy a secluded gathering with family and friends. Furthermore, outdoor blinds are a nice complementary piece that can create a finishing touch to any outdoor space.
Landscaping – Complete the look
Creating a perfect outdoor zone is all about the finishing touches and a nice patio or deck isn’t complete without the landscaping that adds to the overall effect. A landscaping project can be simple or complex with ponds and fountains. It really depends on the imagination and wishes of the homeowner. Just remember, landscaping won’t add significant value to a home - it’s more about making an outdoor space enjoyable. With people spending more time entertaining at home than ever before, we see these as the most popular home improvement projects for 2021.
If you’re wishing to get a FREE quote for a top quality patio, pavilion, deck, or outdoor blinds, call In Style Patios and Decks on 0436 007 776. One of our design consultants can work with you and create the perfect oasis at your property.
Christmas cheer doesn’t need to be limited to the inside of your house. With the right preparation, your patio can be the perfect place to host whatever you want. It’s time to start decorating your outdoor patio space for entertaining this Christmas and we’ve got some great tips to show you how.
Those unused plant pots and outdoor containers you have stored in the back of the shed are a great place to start. Fill them with small evergreens that invoke Christmas memories of yesterday and add some tree ornaments. You could even make some coloured sand in glass jars to compliment the space.
Next, why not introduce some poinsettias to your outdoor living space. These vibrant red Christmas plants are sure to put your family and guests in the Christmas spirit.
Almost any decoration you can use inside will work outside. Place a few Christmas candles on your table, add some ornamental candy canes with the cutlery and maybe a reef or two where appropriate as well.
Of course, the decorating isn’t complete until you add the Christmas lights and they also happen to be a great way to brighten an outdoor area. Chances are, if you’re going to be entertaining outside at Christmas time, it’s going to be dark and the lights are a great way to warm up the ambiance. Choose a colour theme – red and green or blue and white are great choices at Christmas time. Don’t be shy, add lights around the patio, in the trees around the yard and on the house too.
Outdoor Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is one of the most iconic symbols of Christmas there is. Why not take your Christmas tree outside on the patio. There’s no reason you can’t have a tree inside and one on the patio as well. In Australian at Christmas time it’s usually nice and hot, so it just makes sense to be outside enjoying the warm, fresh air.
Many of us are lucky enough to have patios that are ideal for sheltering a Christmas tree. If you don’t have one, you can always contact In Style Patios and Decks on 0436 007 776 and we can design and build one for you. We always have a great deal going too!
As you and your loved ones sit back and enjoy Christmas on the patio, don’t forget to break out the beers, BBQ and fresh prawns.
With the right preparation there’s no reason you can’t use your outdoor patio space for entertaining this Christmas season.
Backyards are an afterthought for many homeowners. However, taking advantage of that outdoor space is a smart way to make your home more functional and give yourself a real oasis where you can relax. If you have been planning on extending your living space and fully embracing your garden there are some things that every yard should have to make the zone more enjoyable. Putting in time and effort to transform your backyard can significantly increase the value of your home and the enjoyment that you get from your home.
The top backyard must-haves for every property include:
Adding a patio to your house will give you the space you need to entertain family and friends or just hang out and enjoy the outdoors. A custom deck will also add a lot of value to your home and give you the perfect spot for picnics, bbq’s, and other gatherings. When you’re having a custom patio designed for your home, be sure to incorporate different areas for outdoor activities so that you can get the most out of those backyard spaces.
There is nothing quite like relaxing outdoors in a hammock on a sunny summer afternoon. Hammocks come in a large range of styles and sizes so you can find one that’s perfect for you alone, or one that will accommodate the entire family. Hammocks are prefect for naps because the gentle rocking motion will help you get a restful sleep. Furthermore, relaxing in a hammock can actually help increase your focus while decreasing stress.
A fire pit
According to some interior decorators, a fire pit is a hot topic. They are ideal for a gathering spot for the family and can be used all year long. Enjoy roasting marshmallows on evenings with the kids or sitting outside on a cool fall night with some hot cider or hot chocolate. Most homeowners are surprised by how much they use a fire pit once they have one installed. Custom fire pits can be made to fit into any size backyard, so even if you have a small backyard you can be one of those lucky people who own one to enjoy whenever you wish.
Gardening is very therapeutic, so starting your own flower or veggie garden can become a fun hobby that will provide lots of fresh flowers or healthy vegetables for you and your family to enjoy. If you don’t have a large backyard for a full garden patch, you can have a container area built into your yard with custom made gardening boxes for plants.
Seating is the key to making your backyard living area super inviting and cozy. Don’t skimp when it comes to outdoor seats. There are some awesome patio sets you can buy to create a separate dining area outdoors but be sure to also have outdoor sofas and big comfy chairs designed for relaxing or curling up with a book on.
Outdoor kitchen or grilling area
Creating an outdoor cooking area is a fantastic way to get the most out of your backyard. A custom-built outdoor kitchen isn’t as expensive as it might sound. Adding a covered area with a grill, small fridge, and prep area can transform your whole space. Summer barbecues will only get better and better.
The In Style Patios team are an authorized Stratco dealer. We have patio designs for every style, with the widest range of patios, pergolas and carports available. To get a FREE quote, call us today on 0436 007 776.
What is your role at In Style Patios?
Design Consultant – I previously also installed patios for 6 years
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A gas pipe for draft pipe 20mm under the surface of a concrete slab
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What do you love about your job?
Meeting new people and making people happy
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If you want a patio or pergola, pavilion, or carport built for your home by a highly skilled team who love to please, contact In Style Patios and Decks today on 0436 007 776 for a FREE quote.
Not all patio builders work the same way, or offer the same product and price. Many offer a cheaper price at the expense of quality, which is something you don't want. To ensure you are working with a licensed company with a good track record, here are the top 3 points to tick off before hiring:
Look at online reviews of the business to verify their quality. Google reviews are the most trusted, followed by Facebook. Check what people had to say, how many reviews they have and what their score is out of 5?
Also, if they are recommended by a reputable manufacturer, this is a BIG plus.
2. See their work
Ask to see some previous jobs they have done. You want to see photos of jobs they have completed themselves, or even go and visit previous projects of theirs in person to view in your car with a drive-by.
3. Licenced Professionals
Check their QBCC licence number online at qbcc.qld.gov.au. Do they have an appropriate and valid license to carry out the work? Do they have any fines or marks on their disciplinary record? How many projects have they previously built? (this will be shown)
In Style Patios and Decks tick all of these boxes with flying colours. We have a highly skilled team of builders ready to create the patio of your dreams. For a free consultation with one of our best designers, call 0436 007 776 today.
Having a well-designed patio is a great way to enhance your home. Whether you would like to use your it for entertaining or relaxation, having the right design is key to maximising the experience of both you and your guests. If you are struggling with what plan strategy would be ideal, consider the recommendations below: