Outdoor living basics

If you are of a (slightly) older generation, outdoor living usually meant a few deck chairs strewn randomly around the backyard with the BBQ in the middle and maybe a shabby umbrella or inflatable pool. Nowadays, with the continual improvement in outdoor furniture fabrics and sliding and folding door hardware, indoor/outdoor living has progressed in leaps and bounds and is one of the biggest must-haves for many Australians these days. If you are considering enclosing a patio or simply adding an outdoor living space, it…

Adding a Pizza Oven to your patio or renovation

Summertime in Australia traditionally meant people loved getting outside in the backyard or patio and tucking into a selection of overcooked grilled meats from the barbecue, smothered in tomato sauce and wrapped in fluffy white bread maybe with a side of charcoal onions. While the former is most certainly still true, out tastes have matured and evolved over the years as culinary influences from other cultures became widely accepted. Nothing reflects this more than the trend to install a woodfired pizza oven in the backyard…

Top tips for renovating terrace houses

If you walk around the inner suburbs of Sydney or Melbourne you can’t help but marvel at the grand terrace houses. Most are from the Victorian area and located within walking distance to the city making them highly sort after. Most are already beautifully renovated often incorporating exterior folding doors at the rear of the property and command a premium price. However, if you do happen to find a good, untouched gem from the heyday of our cities, snap it up and let your renovating…

Furnishing your patio

Furnishing your patio is one of the most enjoyable aspects of your new outdoor room. There will often be dappled light so a blend of grey-greens will suit wonderfully. Cushions and soft furnishings can be used provided they are protected from the elements, which in most cases they will be as long as your patio is covered. Knee-rugs and perhaps a day-bed or even a hammock would be a great addition for relaxation and general use. Floor cushions add extra comfort and colour and seating…