Now is for many people the perfect time to enjoy a barbecue, eating outside and relaxing outdoors if you live on the Mornington Peninsula. With the perfect set-up, including a great outdoor living area, you can enjoy relaxing times with friends and family on almost any day or night.
But what if there is one big thing lacking, that is, a great outdoor living area. If you’re resorting to having barbecues on a small deck or the backyard lawn, it’s time to update with a beautiful outdoor living area.
5 tips for the best outdoor living area on the Mornington Peninsula
- Practicality and looks are so important if you’re planning a new outdoor living area for your Mornington Peninsula home, so you’ve got to get the design right. As far as practicality goes, ideally, you’re new outdoor living area will integrate seamlessly with your existing home and will be large enough to suit your outdoor living needs (see below). For looks, carefully consider the style of your existing home. You’ll want an outdoor living area that either matches or complements your home to get the wow factor that most of us are looking for.
- The location of your new outdoor living area is also important. Ideally it will be located off your living area, for practicality and to create the inside/outside blend that is so popular today. Also consider the weather and the prevailing winds so that you can enjoy your outdoor living space in all seasons, not just the warm ones.
- Will you have a barbecue or an outdoor kitchen? Do you want to have room for a small fridge and sink so you can stay outside longer? Do you want an outdoor dining and lounge suite or just the one? All these are vital questions to answer during the planning phase to ensure you allow enough space for your needs. You should also consider how many people are likely to use your outdoor living area; whether it’s just intimate gatherings or larger groups. Not having enough outdoor living space will soon take the gloss or your new area.
- Consider the materials you will use. Timber is popular but so too is steel and is a low-maintenance choice for the structure. For the floor surface, timber is the most popular choice and for good reason. It looks great, is hard wearing and is more comfortable on the feet that most other products. If you’re going to have a raised deck you’ll also need to consider safety standards. Your building professional (e.g. Outside Concepts) can help you answer these types of questions.
- Having a roof on your Mornington Peninsula outdoor living is a necessity if you want to use your space all year round. These days, it’s not just a choice of metal, tiles or polycarbonate. You can also opt for ceilinged outdoor living areas and even products that are insulated or louvered.
Get help with your outdoor living area
If you live on the Mornington Peninsula and are considering a new outdoor living space, don’t do a thing until you contact Outside Concepts’ Mornington branch owner, Phil Cassar. He can help with all aspects of your new area, including local council or other planning requirements.
Phone Outside Concepts on 1800 601 674 or submit the contact form on Phil’s page to get the process rolling.
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