Christmas cheer doesn’t need to be limited to the inside of your house. With the right preparation, your Stratco patio can be the perfect place to host a holiday gathering. It might be a bit warm this time of year in Queensland, but that’s easily helped. It’s time to start the Christmas set up on the patio, and we’ve got some great tips for how you can do just that.
Those old pot plants 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 to their branches to add to the atmosphere.
Next, why not introduce some poinsettias to your outdoor living space. These 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 patio décor, add some ornamental candy canes and maybe a reef or two where appropriate as well.
Of course, the decorating isn’t complete until you add the Christmas lights, which also happens 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 lights are the answer to brighten things up. 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.
Heating Things Up
It can get super warm at this time of year, however, investing in a firepit to melt some marshmallows, or simply for the ambience is always a winner.
Make the fire the focal point of your gathering area. Arrange patio furniture and any extra seating near it. Don’t forget to gather up some logs too. A fire is always a great gathering spot and will keep things very lively for the Christmas night ahead.
An Outdoors Oasis
If you’re really wanting to go above and beyond for your Chrissy guests, outdoor ambient blinds are the perfect addition to a patio. Being able to create an outdoor, enclosed space if needed is amazing. Worrying about harsh UV rays, harsh wind or insects intruding your celebrations won’t be on your mind when you you have these blinds. Their slim profile, and variety in colours will have you wanting them more. Furthermore, these blinds will create seamless indoor-outdoor living 365 days a year, not just at Christmas time.
If you don’t already have a patio, the team at In Style Patios and Decks are able to design and build you one that’s top quality Stratco style. Call us today on 0436 007 776 for a free quote.
Your home isn’t complete if you don't have an accompanying outdoor living area. Some people mistakenly assume that their backyards are for garbage bins, which would be such a waste of space. You can turn your backyard into one of the most inviting parts of your home if you are willing to bite the bullet and try a few things.
Are you ready to give your backyard the upgrade it craves? Do you want to turn it into the ultimate escape?
Below, we will discuss some essential tips on how to turn your backyard into an oasis.
Install a patio
This is one of the first steps towards bringing the indoors, outdoors. Depending on the size of your backyard and of course your budget, In Style Patios and Decks can discuss with you your best options and design a patio or pavilion that would benefit you and your property the most. We have so many options available – flat, flyover, bulkhead, gable, curved and even an opening sunroof option.
Install ambient outdoor blinds
These outdoor patio blinds allow you to turn your alfresco areas into an outdoor living space in an instant. Having a slim profile, and available in colours that suit your existing surrounds, ambient blinds create seamless indoor-outdoor living 365 days a year. They can protect against harsh winds, rain, sunlight, and other weather elements that may disturb you and your loved ones when you want to have a good time in your outdoor zone. In addition to protection and comfort, outdoor blinds offer flexibility and aesthetic appeal.
Timber decks are a specialty of In Style Patios and Decks and a must-have for any new outdoor extension. The QLD climate and home designs mean that a deck is a requirement for all homes and will add significant value to your house when/if you ever decide to sell. We use a wide variety of materials from Merbau and Composite decking boards through to Treated Pine and Merbau, or even roll formed steel and SHS Subfloors. This is another wonderful way to map out your outdoor relation spot. A well-built outdoor deck will serve as an excellent living area and relaxation spot for everyone. Your home will be everyone’s new favourite hosted party spot.
Depending on where you live, maintaining healthy grass can be an issue, especially during harsh times of the year – too much rain, not enough sun etc. The best way to address this problem once and for all is to lay quality artificial turf. It will look and feel amazing under your feet.
Flowers can help bring any zone to life! An outdoor living space would benefit with some flower power. Including some lively plants that bloom throughout the year. These will make the place feel and smell welcoming. It doesn't have to be a full garden, but you should try and fit flowers sporadically.
Fresh Coat of Paint
One of the best things to do to get that fresh feel and look is a new coat of paint. Always, try to match the colours of the house so it all looks intwined, and consider a neutral colour scheme. You can’t go wrong with cream, olive and champagne.
There are special pieces of furniture that are made for the outdoors. In turn, you need them to turn your backyard into the living area you and your household desire. Opt for quality wherever possible as you will notice the difference and reap the benefits for years.
An oasis without a water feature does not seem complete. You need to add some H2O to give your backyard the ultimate look, feel and sound. These beauties bring the vibrations of nature to your doorstep and they will also entice wildlife onto your land.
Add a fire pit
When it is cold, a fire pit can easily become one of the most important things in your outdoor living place. A professionally installed firepit done by a quality landscaper are perfect for establishing an al fresco lounge area – a place where you and your loved ones can really enjoy. You can even purchase a quality fit pit from an outdoor shop, such as Bunnings, who have such a huge selection.
Be willing to make a few changes to your backyard every now and then to keep in tune with changing seasons. This is necessary to ensure that it is always a comfortable setting all-year-round.
There you have it! Above are some insightful tips on how to turn your backyard into an oasis. It is possible to turn your garden into safe haven for everyone to enjoy. We have discussed some of the most viable ways to get it done. It takes just the willingness to try.
Get the ball rolling today by calling In Style Patios and Decks on 0436 007 776 and discuss your options with a design consultant and get a FREE quote on patios, pavilions, outdoor blinds and also decks.
How to decide between a deck or patio
It’s never too early to begin planning your perfect backyard. The summer thunderstorms in QLD should hopefully provide your lawn with the drink it needs to flourish. So, now it’s time to start planning your dream outdoor living space. A beautiful timber deck is a great choice, but so is a nice, modern patio. Ask yourself… which one’s right for you? It really comes down to personal preference. Here are some things you may want to considerations which should help you decide between a deck or patio for your property.
You can’t go wrong with a quality-built deck which brings your indoors, outdoors. They are an expansion of your living space. It’s your personal oasis set out in the fresh air. Is it right for you though?
Check out what we have to say about the two and then you can decide between a deck or patio for your place.
A top factor
Decks can be built on just about any ground. Uneven ground isn’t even a major obstacle. If you are building on difficult ground you may face a few more design challenges, but they can be overcome by a team who know what they’re doing. For instance, with an uneven surface, a simple levelling of the ground and making sure the posts are set evenly and correctly, this issue will be overcome.
Another thing is that you can stain a deck just about any colour you like – browns, blues, naturals, greys and even red can really make a difference. If you want it to match the colour of your house, or if you prefer something a little outside the norm, almost anything is possible. You can add multiple layers to give the deck lots of character. The choice is yours!
A deck will naturally absorb heat from the hot summer sun, which is a massive plus in QLD. It will also bring the inside outside, giving you a larger living and play zone.
Furthermore, a deck is very low maintenance. This can take lots of time off yard duties as decks typically won’t require much upkeep, just a waterproofing stain coat every few years.
Another huge benefit of a deck is that they are not stock made. You can customize their shape and size to match your property. Depending on the contours of your home, you are able to decide where the patio will be and literally cut it to fit the space offered.
Peace and quiet
This a major plus about decks for families. You know those times when you wish you could escape the household for just a little bit… A deck definitely offers that! You can simply step outside for a few minutes, unwind, and then head back inside to tackle whatever issue is stressing you out.
The deck can be custom designed and built for your specific home and needs. All the materials, and dimensions will be done according to your own desires. Just be sure to hire a reputable deck building company, like In Style Patios and Decks.
Decks are usually the more expensive choice between it and a patio. Depending on the team you hire to build it, and the materials they use. You want to be sure to hire a quality company that have great reviews.
Other then a deck, a patio is the other fabulous way to turn your back yard into a comfortable/extended outdoor living area. There are so many options when choosing your ideal patio – flat, flyover, gable, bulkhead, curved and even sunroof.
If you live in a place like QLD where the weather conditions can get a little crazy – hot blistering sun and even the outskirts of cyclones, then a Stratco Cooldek insulated patio is the solution. This will mean you still get to enjoy the outdoors when the weather isn’t ideal and you need a space that’s covered. Big enough you can still move around and have a little fun or just relax. A patio is like a force field against bad weather. Every home should have one!
If you’re one of those people who can’t live without constant moving air so you have the fans and/or aircon on 24/7/365, then you will massively benefit from a patio at your place. A quality Stratco patio can make massive changes and a huge difference to your power bills with the fresh air. Also, Cooldek insulated roofing is created to control extreme temperatures.
The underneath of an insulated roof can give the look of a traditional ceiling. Giving the idea that this zone is an extension of the home. In Style Patios can also install lights and fans if that’s what you’re wanting - LED downlights being the popular choice.
Here’s what you’ll want to keep in mind:
The style – curved, flat, flyover, sunroof or gabled… You have a few selections. Usually, the one you’d go for would be the one that matches your property best. Our highly skilled design consultant can help you make this decision.
The look- sleek, bulky, or extravagant? With multiple options available, this all depends on how much of a statement you want to make, or whether you simply want to blend the patio in with the rest of your property.
Decks and patio are both great ways to extend your outdoor living zones. When deciding between the two there’s a lot to consider, as we’ve outlined above. It all depends on what you’re looking to get out of it.
To speak with a highly skilled design consultant and for a FREE quote, call In Style Patios and Decks today on 0436 007 776. We’ll help make these decisions easy!
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
How long have you been in the industry?
What’s your favourite thing to do in your free time?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on a job site?
A gas pipe for draft pipe 20mm under the surface of a concrete slab
What did you do before working at In Style Patios?
Who inspires you?
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: