Nothing beats a good old barbecue in Australia. In the warmer months, you get the opportunity to enjoy your outdoor space more frequently. With an outdoor barbecue, you can enjoy a relaxed weekend or afternoon with your family. You get to bond and catch up on each other’s lives while enjoying the privacy of your backyard.
If you are the kind of person who likes to entertain guests, a good barbecue space will serve your friends well. You can accommodate where they will stand or sit and the activities that you like to do. For example, people who like to play board games can have a fun time designing the space to suit that purpose.
Lastly, should you decide to sell your home, you can rely on the space to add value to your property. However, you will need to make sure that the design is pleasing and practical. To help you create the perfect outdoor area, here are five points to consider:
- Decide on the design and the location
The design of your outdoor space for barbecuing will need to integrate seamlessly with the style and décor of your home. It is important to remember that your outdoor space is not an independent entity. While at it, make sure that the design complements your landscape design. You want to have the outdoor space workable in every season one way you can go about it is to consider using louvre shutters. They help to protect the space all year round from harsh weather conditions.
Part of how well the design turns out will depend on the location. Consider where in your outdoor space you will want to have the barbecue area. At the very least, you may have to lay down flooring that is suitable. Consider how close the place is to the house. Choosing a central location is always important as you do not want to have to trek back and forth to get what you need.
- Will you need an outdoor kitchen?
A great addition to add to your barbecue area is installing an outdoor kitchen, making it easier to prepare food while you BBQ and socialise. Even if your space is limited, make sure you find a place that allows room for a fridge and a sink that caters to your needs. An under-bench fridge can work well to keep your beverages cold while not taking away from your counter space.
If the plan is that you have over a couple of guests, you will want to think about an outdoor space alongside your barbecue. That way, you will not need to make countless trips in and out of the house. You can install built-in bench tops and cupboards to function as serving and prepping stations. You can furnish them with utensil holders to make every hangout simple enough and make important items easy to find.
- Build a deck
You can opt to build a deck in your barbecue area. To do this, you will need to pick the right materials and the proper size. Before building ensure that you check if it meets the standards of safety in your area. A decking professional can help with the perfect design.
Regardless of the type of barbecue unit you choose, you will want to consider things like flooring. Timber decking is an excellent option for a classic look. If you want a less demanding option, you can go for pavers, which work well on lawns. A third option would be pebbles as they will require little maintenance and cleaning to take care of things like spills.
Another important thing when building the deck is to think about shading. Some people opt for ceilings and roofs and then they get ceiling fans and downlights to provide airflow and light. For others, the better option is to have shade sails and pergola roofing. Whatever the case, your option needs to suit your needs and the weather.
When building the deck, you can have aluminium louvre shutters installed to provide privacy and security. Louvre shutters are an appealing choice because they make sure the space does not feel enclosed and stuffy, providing air flow and allowing great views of your backyard.
- Choosing your barbecue
The most fun part about having the perfect outdoor barbecue area has to be making it fit your dream. Do you want a trolley barbecue or a kettle one? Maybe a small grill would be a better option if your space is small? What about a gas barbecue that is portable? Choosing the proper unit will depend on how big your space is, how you plan to entertain your guests and what your budget is.
- Consider your options for entertaining
An outdoor set of chairs and a table might be a good place to start. Make sure that your picks are not just comfortable but are also all-weather proof. You can also include an outdoor spa or bar depending on the kind of entertainment you want to offer.
Creating the perfect outdoor area in time for Christmas is achievable. A few changes to your current outdoor set up will make the area seem fresh and new. Louvre shutters are a great way to close in your BBQ area while still feeling like you are “outside”.
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