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6 Ways an Apollo Patio will Transform Your Home Lifestyle

Australians love outdoor living and while it’s true they are completely happy with fold-up tables and camp chairs somewhere off the beaten track – the real sweet spot for most Australians is entertaining and enjoying their own backyard (quite literally).

Whether that be lazy morning brunches with the fur babies, barbeques around the pool or hosting special birthdays and events with friends and family. We spend alot of our time in our home and we believe it’s important to love where you live. We’ve outlined 6 ways that an Apollo Patio will transform your home lifestyle.

1. Relaxation and Recreation

Having a patio provides a dedicated space where you can unwind and recharge, as well as indulge in some leisure activities. It serves as an ideal spot for your morning yoga session or to enjoy our coffee while catching up on the news. Later in the day, you can wind down with a herbal tea and your favorite book, gradually easing into relaxation mode.

2. Outdoor Entertaining

Dinging al fresco on your patio never gets old and protection overhead means you can use your patio year-round. Whether it’s a relaxed weekday dinner or a festive celebration, eating outside is an easy way to enhance your mealtime enjoyment. A strategically positioned servery window can streamline to the kitchen, while the patio itself can serve as a second kitchen and ideal spot for tending to the barbecue.

3. Family Time

A sheltered patio provides an extended living space to your home, making it feel more spacious. This additional area serves as a convenient gathering spot for spending quality time with family, loved ones as well as a safe zone for pets. Whether you are playing games, or simply bonding over shared experiences, the warm buzz and sense of belonging is perfectly matched with fresh air and enough room to spread out, while the sights and sounds of your surroundings make for a beautiful natural backdrop.

4. Health and Well-being

Research shows that spending time outdoors, increasing your Vitamin D intake has been linked to positive effects on mental health including reduced stress levels, improved mood and clarity, contributing to better overall health and well-being. Exposure to natural light, particularly in the morning, helps regulate the body’s internal clock and promotes better sleep quality at night. Use your patio to escape from indoors and recharge your mind and body.

5. Embracing Hobbies

A patio is the perfect place to embrace your hobbies when you need a change of scenery. Whether it’s stargazing, tending to your herb garden or pot plants, up-cycling some old furniture or watching the footy, the options really are endless. Enclosing your patio may make traditional ‘inside’ hobbies an option for you.

6. Increased Property Value

Adding an outdoor living area (or even carport) can enhance the appeal of your property. A carefully considered design will make your property more practical for you now, but also attract a wider range of potential buyers in the future, should you decide to sell your home. A big focus of properties is energy efficiency. A patio can contribute to improved energy efficiency by providing shade during hot months, reducing the need to for cooling indoors.

Us Aussies adore taking our lifestyle to the next level with a backyard purpose-built for our fantastic Australian climate. These are just 6 ways that a patio will elevate your home life and of course, the list goes on. With the right planning, your home can become the ideal setting for you and your family.

A lifestyle is personal, and that’s why we encourage you to make time with your partner or significant other to think about what you’d like to add to your lifestyle and how a patio would add value to your current situation. We hope you are inspired and look forward to helping make your home a safe, enjoyable and healthy place where you can love the way you live.

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Patio or deck?

Which outdoor living space best suits your lifestyle?

The quintessential Australian dream has always been a home that melds seamlessly with the outdoors – a backyard that offers a sanctuary where moments are cherished, and memories made.

When it comes to choosing the architecture of this dream, the heart often leans towards spaces that blur the lines between inside and out, creating a fluid transition that embodies the Australian ethos of open-air living.

The decision between a patio or a deck, therefore, is not merely architectural but a reflection of lifestyle aspirations and a deep connection to the natural world.

As we navigate between the two options, it’s essential to consider the contours of the land, the direction of the sun, and the rhythm of the seasons. A deck, elevated and open, might capture the breeze and afford panoramic views of the landscape, making it a perfect stage for sunsets and social gatherings.

On the other hand, a patio offers a cooler respite on hot days and a connection to the earth that’s both grounding and nurturing.

Whether it’s the allure of a patio, the charm of a deck, or the match made in heaven combining both, each structure offers a unique avenue to elevate your home’s ambience. But what truly resonates with your lifestyle? Let’s navigate this stylish conundrum.

The allure of patios

The allure of patios extends far beyond their immediate aesthetic appeal. Customisation for your home and taste is key. These splendid outdoor spaces are indeed synonymous with versatility and elegance; true embodiment of al fresco living.

The choice of materials is yours – ranging from the timeless natural tones of timber-look to the classic shades of white or modern edge of dark greys. This versatility ensures that each patio can be tailored to reflect the homeowner’s personal style and the character of the home itself, making each space as unique as a fingerprint.

Patios serve as a vibrant canvas for the art of outdoor living, inviting homeowners to express themselves in the open air. They are not merely areas for passive enjoyment but active spaces where life’s little moments are celebrated. From the tranquillity of a serene morning coffee as the world awakes, to the joyous energy of a lively garden party, patios offer the perfect setting for any occasion.

Yet it could be said, the true beauty of a patio lies in its harmonious relationship with the garden. It is not an isolated element but a bridge, creating a seamless transition between the cosiness of indoor living and the majesty of the outdoors. This synergy allows for an immersive experience where the boundaries between inside and out blur, enhancing the sense of space and freedom.

The charm of decks

The charm of decks lies in their architectural grace and the unique vantage point they provide. Elevated above the ground – even if just a few steps – decks are not just structures; they are invitations to a higher plane of leisure and relaxation, offering an outlook that enriches one’s living experience.

This elevation can provide an unobstructed panorama of your surroundings, whether it be a sprawling landscape, a tranquil garden, or a cityscape.

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Constructed with a steel frame to give a sturdy, stable platform for years to come, decks bring a touch of nature to your home’s exterior. Kwila decking boards, with their natural wood grain pattern and unique feel, exude warmth and organic beauty, creating a space that feels both open and intimate. With the choice of aluminium or Kwila hardwood posts, each option provides durability and ease of maintenance while still enhancing your home’s overall charm and appeal. Choose what fits best with the aesthetic and practical needs of your home.

Decks are particularly suited for homes situated on uneven or sloping terrain, where they can bridge the gap between the home and the natural contours of the landscape or offer extension to a second storey or space. The elevation can mitigate potential issues with uneven or undulating ground, providing a dry and level area with plenty of airflow both above and beneath; perfect for relaxation and entertainment.

A deck can be a sun-drenched haven for leisurely afternoons, a stage for lively barbecues and gatherings, and a tranquil spot for evening contemplation with a glass of your favourite drink in hand.

The openness of a deck encourages a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living, making it an integral part of the home’s social and dining areas.

A match made in heaven – the patio-deck duo

Why choose between a patio and a deck when you can have the best of both worlds?

Imagine a deck extending from the second story of your home, offering an elevated view and a grand stage for entertaining, coupled with a patio roof that allows year-round use and a cool, shaded retreat. This duo provides a multi-level experience of outdoor living, catering to different moods and activities and may even give you extra storage or additional usable space underneath.

What’s more, a deck without protection overhead can sometimes limit its use, especially under the harsh Australian sun or during unexpected rain showers. Herein lies the practical beauty of integrating a patio roof with your deck. A sheltered deck can ensure your outdoor space is versatile enough to entertain, come rain or shine.

 

 

 

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Tips for creating outdoor spaces that please the whole family

The outdoor spaces of our home are often used by the whole family, so it makes sense to design them with versatility and inclusivity in mind, ensuring they cater to the diverse needs and preferences of each family member. This approach not only elevates the quality of family time but also enhances the overall ambience of our homes.

From playful toddlers and energetic pets to adults seeking a tranquil retreat – we’ve got a myriad of ideas at our disposal. Let us guide you through creating the ultimate outdoor sanctuary – a place where both adults and little ones, including our cherished four-legged family members, can thrive and create lasting memories together. Whether you’re envisioning a vibrant play area, a serene garden retreat, or a dynamic entertainment space, we’ve got the inspiration and strategies to help you realise your outdoor dreams.

 

Choose functional furniture

In crafting an outdoor space that’s welcoming for every family member while still remaining stylish, choosing furniture that doubles as storage is a smart design choice. Seek out pieces that marry sleek design with practicality – think sofas or bench seating with hidden storage, coffee tables that reveal hidden compartments with a simple lift, or dining tables that expand to accommodate extra guests when needed. These designs are not just about saving space; they’re about enriching your outdoor living area with a blend of utility and aesthetic appeal, allowing you to store toys, games and entertaining accoutrements out of sight.

Select materials that stand up to the elements and complement your outdoor décor, such as teak or synthetic wicker, ensuring your furniture remains a focal point of your outdoor area year after year. Additionally, consider outdoor sofas with washable covers and ensure all furniture is stable and heavy enough to not easily tip over, safeguarding against curious hands or paws.

Incorporate play spaces

Dedicating a section of your outdoor area to play goes beyond sticking unsightly equipment in the corner of the garden; it’s about integrating creative elements that stimulate imagination while complementing your outdoor décor. Introducing innovative and stylish play features can transform your garden into an enchanting haven for children. A beautifully crafted wooden playhouse or a chic, minimalist sandbox can provide hours of entertainment without detracting from the garden’s overall aesthetic.

Or consider the addition of a swing or slide set for your patio. Wonderfully compact, these not only serve as a delightful play space for children but also an effortless day care for adults, bringing an element of whimsical sophistication to your outdoor setting. Opt for natural materials and designs that echo the style of your outdoor furniture, ensuring these play zones enhance rather than compromise your design ethos.

 

Freedom with boundaries

Enclosures play a pivotal role in crafting a kid and pet-friendly outdoor space. They provide a safe boundary that keeps unwanted wildlife out while allowing fresh air and natural light in. A screened wall around your patio can help you create a seamless transition between indoor comfort and the beauty of outdoor living. This addition not only enhances the usability of your space, allowing for extended evenings and protection from the elements, but also adds an aesthetic element that can be customised to match the architectural style of your home.

Incorporating gates with child-safe latches further ensures that little adventurers remain within the safety of your outdoor space. For pets, especially dogs, ensure the enclosure is of an appropriate height to prevent escape attempts and consider integrating a small, pet-specific entrance that allows them freedom to move between inside and outside as they please.

 

Provide shade and shelter

Integrating elements of shade and shelter not only serves the practical purpose of protecting your outdoor living areas from the unpredictability of fickle weather but also plays a significant role in defining the aesthetic and ambience of your garden. Modern patios adorned with lush climbing vines or elegant, retractable awnings present versatile shade solutions that can be adjusted to suit the day’s needs, ensuring comfort without compromising on style.

Greenery can offer a dynamic interaction between the built environment and the natural landscape, where the changing seasons bring new colours, shadows and textures to your outdoor area. Cantilever umbrellas offer flexible shade options, easily adjustable throughout the day, while adding a modern touch to your outdoor decor.

 

Creating a safe, kid and pet-friendly outdoor environment does not have to mean compromising on style. By choosing the right furniture, designing engaging and secure play areas and implementing strategic enclosures, your outdoor space can cater to every member of your family.

Remember, the goal is to create an area that promotes safety and enjoyment, fostering a love for the outdoors in your whole family. This approach transforms your garden or patio into a sophisticated retreat, where functionality and beauty harmonise to create a truly inviting outdoor living area.

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Does building a patio or outdoor space really add value to your property?

The Australian lifestyle is deeply connected with the outdoors. The mostly sunny and warm climate coupled with a love for barbecues and gatherings make outdoor spaces in the home not just desirable but almost essential. The question for many Australian homeowners, however, is whether investing in a patio or outdoor living space truly enhances the value of their property.

According to numerous real estate agents, the answer is unequivocally yes.

One of the top estate agents in Australia, John Schwarzer of Highland Sutherland Shire and St George, suggests that, since they offer such ease of living without the level of maintenance of inside spaces, outdoor entertaining spaces are now probably the most important part of a home. “All the best-selling properties now have great outdoor entertaining spaces, especially with in-built kitchens, dining and lounging areas,” he says.

Statistics released by Australian Property Investor in 2022 indicate that adding a patio can offer homeowners between 65 – 75% return on their investment. Open Agent on the other hand, suggests a new patio can offer 100% return, while a refurbishment of an existing patio can bring in a massive 500%. The truth is, it’s difficult to quantify the precise return on what you spend when adding a patio so it’s not a decision to make frivolously. It’s important to note too, that carefully selecting who you partner with to build your patio is essential since the quality of the finished product will impact any return.

Your needs and circumstances will of course also influence whether a new patio is right for your home as well as the design of any patio you decide to build. A good rule of thumb is:

1. If you’re living in your forever home (or at least not planning on moving for some time) design your patio on your current and future outdoor lifestyle needs. Keep in mind that your home may be sold or passed onto family in the years ahead. Take resale and ongoing use into consideration, yet make the space something designed to meet your preferences and specifications.

2. If you’re not living in your forever home and are looking to spruce up your property for the best resale, design a patio that will attract and impress your target buyers and act as a true extension of your home.

3. If you’re contemplating a patio for an investment property, consider a design that will yield a higher rental return and differentiates your property from other rentals on the market in your local area.

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Continuing from this sound advice, let’s delve deeper into how you can maximise the value and appeal of your patio or outdoor space, irrespective of your specific situation.

 

Tailoring your patio to the Australian climate

The design of your patio should take into account Australia’s diverse climate. For sunnier areas, incorporating shading solutions such as pergolas and awnings is key. In regions prone to unpredictable weather, consider versatile features like outdoor heaters, a covered section or a fully enclosed patio. Choosing materials that are not only durable but also complement the Australian landscape is vital for both aesthetics and longevity.

The power of a well-planned outdoor kitchen

As John Schwarzer highlighted, outdoor kitchens are becoming a focal point in Australian homes. A well-equipped outdoor kitchen extends the functionality of your patio, making it an ideal space for entertaining. Investing in a servery, quality appliances, ample storage, and weather-resistant materials can significantly enhance the appeal and utility of your outdoor space.

Landscaping and garden integration

A patio should seamlessly blend with its surroundings. Thoughtful landscaping that integrates native plants and sustainable gardening practices can transform your outdoor area into an eco-friendly sanctuary. This not only enhances the beauty of the space but also appeals to the burgeoning segment of environmentally conscious buyers.

Lighting and ambience

Proper lighting can dramatically change the ambience of your outdoor space. Subtle, energy-efficient lighting can create a warm and inviting atmosphere, extending the usability of your patio into the evening. Consider solar-powered options for an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution.

The importance of quality craftsmanship

The craftsmanship of your patio or outdoor space is paramount. High-quality construction not only ensures durability but also adds to the aesthetic appeal. Employing reputable patio builders who understand the nuances of Australian climate and lifestyle can make a significant difference in the overall quality and appeal of your outdoor space.

In essence, whether you are living in your forever home, preparing to sell, or investing in a rental property, a well-designed patio can significantly enhance both the value and enjoyment of your Australian home. It’s a space where memories are made, a haven for relaxation, and a hub for social gatherings. By considering factors such as climate adaptability, functionality, and quality craftsmanship, you can create an outdoor space that not only meets your current needs but also serves as a valuable asset in the future.

After all, in the great Australian tradition of embracing the outdoors, a thoughtfully designed patio or outdoor space is not just an extension of your home, it’s a way of life.

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New Year, New…Patio?

As the New Year unfolds, do you find your mind wandering to the untapped potential of your outdoor space?

Reflecting on the holiday festivities, you might have noticed how your current patio doesn’t quite mirror your lifestyle aspirations. But fret not. We’re here to guide you through a transformative journey, helping you to turn your outdoor space into a haven you’ll be proud of!

If you’re thinking of embarking on the journey of outdoor space improvements, consider these essential steps to ensure your project not only enhances your home’s aesthetic but also aligns perfectly with your lifestyle needs.

 

1. Start with a vision

What does your ideal outdoor space look like? What does it enable you to do? Yet, don’t just imagine – observe your outdoor area in action to assess what would enhance it further. Does it offer enough shelter from unpredictable weather? Is it inviting for family gatherings? Maybe you need a dedicated play space for the kids or facilities that make entertaining effortless. Use these observations to fuel your vision.

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2. Set precise goals

Remember, a goal penned down is a dream half-realised. This isn’t just another fleeting New Year’s resolution. Chat with your partner over a cup of tea, and jot down what your ideal outdoor sanctuary looks like. Be pragmatic – consider how each family member interacts with this space and take into account what will work best for the space and your local climate.

3. Plan out your finances

Concerned about finances? It’s normal. While reviewing your savings, remember that it’s not the end of the world (and totally understandable) if you don’t have the amount set aside for the entire project.

We collaborate with Handypay for responsible lending options that can make your dream patio attainable now, if that feels right for you. Talk to us about our flexible payment plans. If now isn’t the time, set a budget, keeping in mind a realistic timeline for savings and project completion.

4. Initiate early discussions

Time is of the essence in home improvement and there may be unavoidable delays that you haven’t accounted for. At Apollo, we’ve streamlined the process, but remember, certain steps like planning approvals take time and your preferred partner may still have manufacturing and other lead times. It’s possible you might also need to remove existing structures or landscaping – be sure to raise these in your discussion. This will help to clarify who will be responsible for which elements and any deadlines that need to be met to avoid the process stalling.

5. Navigating regulations

Each council has its own set of rules and regulations. Prepare a list of questions for your Design Meeting to ensure you get the most out of your consultation.  Your Design Consultant will be able to explain the intricacies of your local council requirements and what is required to ensure compliance, so that you can proceed with your build. Prioritise features that are non-negotiable for you.

6. Dive deep into research

Research is the keystone to success. Explore various styles to get a feel for what you like and what will work best to complement the existing design of your home. Understand the importance of choosing a licensed professional and make sure you do your research on the quality of their materials and previous builds. You’ll also need to decide on the type of roofing that suits your needs and any weather patterns in your region that may need to be accounted for, such as cyclones.

 

7. Consider your colour palette

The colours you choose can dramatically affect the mood and atmosphere of your outdoor space. Do you prefer a serene palette of greens and blues to create a peaceful retreat, or are you drawn to vibrant hues for a lively and energetic vibe? Consider the existing colours of your home’s exterior and garden to create a harmonious blend. A thoughtful colour palette will not only reflect your personal style but also enhance the overall appeal of your outdoor haven.

8. Tailor your journey

These tips are a starting point and not necessarily in order of priority. Remember, each project is unique, just like your vision for your outdoor space. If you need guidance or want to discuss how Apollo can bring your dream patio to life, please give us a call.

We look forward to helping you transform your outdoor living space into the perfect place to create precious memories this year!

 

 

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Deck the Halls and Patios: The Ultimate Guide to Winning Christmas This (and Every) Year

It’s that time of year when our thoughts start to turn to tinsel, trimmings and the tantalising aromas of celebratory feasts. Here in Australia, Christmas means swapping snowflakes for sunshine and the opportunity to enjoy our festive spread outside basking in the golden light of summer. Preferably somewhere we can also stay cool and protected from the sun, of course. And where better suited to this than our own backyards, patios, or any outdoor space ready to be transformed into the ultimate Christmas oasis?

With a little creativity, we can design a holiday haven that encapsulates the essence of an Aussie Christmas – vibrant, laid-back, and sun-soaked, yet comfortably cool. Let’s talk about how to create the ultimate backdrop for your festivities.

1. Clear the stage

Before any Christmas celebrations begin, make sure you clear any clutter. Sweep away the fallen frangipani blossoms, pack away the everyday items that build up and make room for merrymaking. In the true Aussie spirit, less is more—except when it comes to cheer and good company. Consider the flow of your space too, and rearrange your outdoor furniture to optimize guest interaction and movement. Make sure there’s a clear path to the barbie, the drinks station, and the seating areas.

2. Make it festive

Deck the space with tinsel, decorations and finishing touches that give your space a festive flair. Incorporate garlands of silver and gold that shimmer in the summer sun, and scatter cushions with pops of red and green to evoke the traditional Christmas colour scheme. Don’t forget to hang some twinkling eco Christmas lights (available at your local hardware store) that will transition your space from sunlit brunch spot to an enchanting evening retreat. These finishing touches bridge the gap between a casual outdoor area and a truly festive, holiday-ready celebration space.

3. Make it fun

Is it even Christmas without games to play while your food digests? Sprinkle in some friendly competition with a round of backyard cricket – a quintessential Aussie Christmas pastime. A giant Jenga set is sure to be a hit, and for those who prefer a mix of strategy and skill, Finska and Kubb provide the perfect blend. Set up these games on your lawn or decking area and watch as guests of all ages join in the fun, creating laughter-filled memories. These activities not only add an element of light-hearted entertainment but also give everyone a chance to bond over some playful rivalry and cheer.

4. Set the Christmas mood

“Alexa, queue Michael Bublé!” Curate the ultimate Christmas playlist that will keep people in the festive mood. Add a splash of Aussie charm with classics from local artists and mix in some summer vibes with upbeat tunes. Set up outdoor speakers to ensure the atmosphere is as warm as the afternoon or evening breeze. Why not pop a reindeer or two in your backyard? Let the music softly fill the air as the scent of BBQ prawns and roasted lamb drifts through the breeze, marrying the melodies with the tastes and joy that sum up everything we love about the Australian Christmas.

5. Keep it cool

Shade is essential to protect your party from the harsh summer sun or, as luck may be, those warm summer showers. If your outdoor space doesn’t have a roof, consider a portable gazebo or marquee to keep your guests comfortable. Fans can help to keep the air flowing on still days and, in the absence of a pool in the backyard, an inflatable splash pool will keep the kids cool and happy.

6. Time for a new barbeque?

As the heartbeat of the Australian backyard, a good barbie is essential to any Christmas gathering. But if your trusty grill is starting to show its age, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. Imagine the delight of your family and friends as you unveil a gleaming new barbecue, wrapped in a big red bow, on Christmas Day. It’s not just a gift to one person; it’s a gift to the entire family that keeps on giving, all summer long.

7. Keep it cost-effective

Keen to keep your spending to a minimum? Use the Australian landscape as inspiration for your decorations. A bit of creativity with local greenery can go a long way without costing a fortune. You might like to gather branches, leaves, and flowers from your garden to create a one-of-a-kind wreath. Crafting stars from beach driftwood or recycled materials can be a family project that adds a personal touch. White Christmas lights are beautiful, but they can run up the electricity bill. Opt for solar-powered lights or candles inside lanterns to give your patio a gentle, cost-effective glow as dusk falls. You may also like to Consider decorating with items that can be consumed to avoid waste, like nuts in their shells, fresh fruit, or even home-baked cookies hanging from ribbons.

Let’s make this Aussie Christmas one for the books – outdoor, over the top, and uniquely ours.

Merry Christmas from the team at Apollo Patios

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Can new homes have outdoor additions too?

We often get asked, ‘Do you build outdoor spaces for new homes too?’.

The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’.

In fact, building a patio or outdoor structure on a new home is actually quite common and we find this for a few reasons.

Customers contact us to improve the outdoor space of their new home build for a whole range of reasons. As you’d expect each individual circumstance usually differs and decisions may be made for a variety or combination of reasons.

We’ve compiled our Top 5 themes for reasons that customers with a new home build reach out to us for.

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1. Finances

At the time of building a new home, finances can often be stretched. Usually a home is the biggest investment customers have or will make so items on the ‘wishlist’ need to be prioritised. This could well mean that buyers have focused on ‘just getting into the home’ and getting used to paying the new mortgage before adding ‘nice to haves’ or forever home features.

2. Design

Depending on the roof design of your house, extending your roof for an outdoor space while you design and build the home will likely add extra trusses, roofing and potentially significant cost. Many volume builders will offer home designs that you are not able to customise to ensure the home remains efficient and affordable for them to easily build. If you take for example an insulated patio space, this is delivered to site ready to install, whereas a built in alfresco would require extra labour to be lined (sheeted), insulated, plastered and painted.

3. Circumstance

Lifestyle is something that changes – what was planned can often become outdated or simply outgrown. It’s true that sometimes life simply moves on since the original planning and building, your family and children have grown up and may be starting to use outdoor space more or differently. In the case of carports, there may be more vehicles than covered carparks or the family has chosen to prioritise the garage for living space requiring extra overhead shelter for their vehicles to stay protected.

4. Standard offering

New home designs often have standardised ‘alfresco’ areas. These tend to be a standard offering replicated across the home builders designs, changing slightly in size. They are usually designed to be built on a budget, to fit the modern block and provide the user with entry level outdoor living. With rapidly rising costs, new home buyers are having to make decisions now more than ever about where they choose to spend their budget. This unfortunately means that often they will need to make a trade-off, of what will suit their current needs most. For example if their new home could be adapted to have an extra bedroom versus their dream outdoor area, the extra bedroom would be chosen as it is a necessity for their family.

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5. Settling in

After you move into a house it often highlights areas that you prefer to spend your time. Sometimes spaces or zones of your home made sense on paper but aren’t your ‘go-to’ area when it’s actually built. Once you’ve moved in usually there is a process of actually making it yours, by completing landscaping, fencing, adding furniture and customising to really suit you. By then neighbours may have moved in and could be closer than anticipated. It’s natural that your focus would be on your floorplan and design, not on that which is being built around you. Perhaps the standard alfresco may just simply not have enough room for your outdoor setting and your kids toys.

These are just some of the reasons we add protection and privacy with our outdoor solutions.

The good news is, provided your outdoor space satisfies the planning requirements of your local council, we can provide a cost-effective solution that suits your lifestyle and the design of your home.

 

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9 ways to transform your ordinary patio into a luxe oasis

Do you look longingly at glossy magazine spreads and lavish Instagram feeds featuring gorgeous patios filled with designer furniture, elegant lighting and high-end amenities? The allure of a luxurious outdoor space is a dream that many homeowners share.

Transforming your ordinary patio into a luxurious haven isn’t just a fantasy; it’s entirely achievable. Here are 9 expert ideas to help you turn your space into the epitome of outdoor luxury.

 

1. Utilise statement pieces

Statement pieces in patio design serve a role similar to a captivating piece of art in a gallery: they draw attention, provoke thought and create a lasting impression.

Select one or two pieces that will serve as the focal points of your patio – be it an intricately designed fire pit, a sculptural water feature, or a bespoke piece of outdoor art. A unique focal point can instantly elevate your space, creating a luxe atmosphere that draws the eye.

 

2. Use luxe materials

The distinction between a run-of-the-mill patio and an opulent outdoor sanctuary often lies in the choice of materials. Premium materials set the scene and serve as the foundational elements upon which the aesthetic and functionality of your luxurious patio are built.

When it comes to the ceiling, a light and airy, smooth ceiling-look finish can help achieve a luxurious feel with a modern white or timber-look. For flooring, consider investing in materials that resonate with luxury. Italian porcelain tiles, polished stone, or even intricate timber decking can make a significant difference.

3. Amplify ambience

Think of your patio as a multisensory experience. The texture of fabrics, the scent from aromatic plants or diffusers and a curated playlist of background music can work together to create an enveloping atmosphere.

Go the extra mile by having plush blankets for colder evenings and perhaps a misting system for hotter days. These elements contribute to the overall ambiance, making your patio not just a place to sit, but an environment to be deeply experienced and enjoyed.

4. Symmetry matters

In design, symmetry is akin to the rhythm in music – it’s the underlying structure that pulls the composition together. While it’s tempting to add elements randomly, especially when you come across the latest trend or decor item, a balanced, symmetrical arrangement brings a sense of calm and luxury to your patio. It’s not just about aesthetics; symmetry impacts how we experience and engage with a space.

Balanced designs create a sense of stability and calm, elements that are quintessential to a luxurious outdoor setting. In the context of a patio, this could mean placing identical planters on either side of your entrance, arranging seating in a balanced layout, or even creating mirror-image planting beds filled with the same flora.

5. Less is always more

In the quest for luxury, there’s often a tendency to go overboard, which can result in cluttering the space with too many items. Adopt the “less is more” philosophy. Each piece should serve a purpose, whether functional or aesthetic.

Ensure that there is ample space to move around and that each piece can stand on its own and contribute to the overall theme. Overcrowding not only detracts from each individual element but can also make your patio feel chaotic rather than calming.

6. Lush landscaping

Even the most elegant patio can feel bare without the right greenery. Place plants in high quality planters and choose greenery that not only enhances your patio’s colour scheme but also provides sensory delights, like aromatic herbs or flowers. A green wall or climbing fragrant vine such as jasmine can also add extra allure.

While plants are the life of the landscaping, hardscaping elements like pathways, walls and edging are the skeleton that gives it structure. Choose materials that resonate with you and the style of your home– be it stepping stones, stylish modern concrete steps or built in seating. The right hardscaping can frame your landscaping elements, making them pop even more.

7. The advantages of amenities

A patio with a singular focus – be it lounging, dining, or even gardening – is charming in its simplicity. However, when we’re discussing a luxury upgrade, the term “amenities” should dominate the conversation. The modern luxury patio is a hub for entertainment. Amenities can be a gamechanger, adding an entirely new layer of functionality, comfort and extravagance to your outdoor space.

Consider installing an outdoor kitchen complete with a high-end grill, a built-in mini-fridge and even a cocktail station. For those cooler nights, a stylish fire pit or an outdoor heating system can make your patio an all-season retreat. If your space and budget allow, nothing shouts luxury lifestyle like an outdoor hot tub, infrared sauna or ice bath to complete your health and wellness routine.

8. The elegance of water features

Incorporating a water feature into your patio can elevate your outdoor space from merely appealing to profoundly captivating. It could be a chic fountain with modern lines, a koi pond, or even a small but elegant waterfall incorporated into your landscaping.

Water features add an element of nature that is both visually appealing and aurally soothing. Add some underwater lighting or surround the feature with aromatic plants and you’ve created a mini retreat that pleases multiple senses.

9. Fuse indoor and outdoor sophistication

Begin by extending the comfort and aesthetics of your indoor space to your patio. Draw inspiration from the interior of your home when selecting outdoor accessories. If your interior is awash in earthy tones, replicate that same palette in your outdoor choices.

Conversely, if your home thrives on bold, dramatic hues, let that drama unfold onto your patio in the form of vibrant furniture or awe-inspiring planters. Consider adding chic throw pillows, high-end rugs suitable for outdoor use or even exterior feature lighting that mirrors the elegance of your living room.

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7 'wow' factor patio design ideas when you're short on space

Envious of your neighbour’s spacious patio and the seemingly unlimited design options that it allows for? Fear not, even the tiniest of patios can pack a mighty design punch with some outside-the-box design ideas.

Within the confines of diminutive dimensions there lies immense potential for crafting a captivating oasis that defies expectations. The following ideas for petite patios will transform spaces of any size into captivating retreats that command attention and ignite the senses.

1. Add a green wall

When horizontal space is limited, ascend to new heights with the magic of vertical gardens. Transform the blank canvas of a wall into a living masterpiece by adorning it with cascading vines, vibrant flowers and even small herb gardens. Not only do green walls add an organic touch, but they also visually expand the space, giving an illusion of grandeur.

Opt for wall-mounted planters or tiered shelves to create layers of lush greenery that infuse life and vitality into your petite patio retreat.

2. Make furniture multifunctional

The genius lies in pieces that perform a dual role, seamlessly merging functionality with aesthetics. Choose outdoor furniture that moonlights as storage solutions, such as benches with under-seat compartments or coffee tables with hidden drawers. By cleverly concealing clutter, you’re freeing up valuable floor space and allowing the eye to rove unhindered, thereby amplifying the perceived expanse of your patio.

3. Create the illusion of more space

Strategically placing mirrors on patio walls not only reflects light, creating an open and airy ambience, but also casts the illusion of additional space. Choose ornate frames for a touch of elegance or sleek, modern designs for a contemporary edge. Mirrors harness the power of visual deception, manipulating perceptions to make your diminutive patio seem positively expansive. This optical trickery is particularly effective when your patio is surrounded by walls or fences that may otherwise feel constricting.

4. Command attention with pops of colour

In the world of design, colour is a potent tool that can orchestrate drama and delight. Harness this creative force to your advantage by infusing your small patio with bold, eye-catching hues. While neutral tones form a foundation of sophistication, select a signature colour for adorning cushions, planters and accessories that will pop against the backdrop. This strategic injection of vibrancy not only captures attention but also enlivens the entire space, elevating its appeal.

5. Use the space above

Turn your gaze upwards and unlock the suspended potential of your petite paradise. Often, the vertical space above your head remains an untapped canvas of possibilities. Choose a variety of plants to go in hanging planters with different textures, sizes and colours to create a lush and captivating visual tapestry.

The dynamic movement of your suspended greenery adds a sense of tranquillity and serenity to your outdoor space, transforming it into a true oasis. Lighting too, can cast intriguing patterns of light and shadow on the patio floor and walls to introduce an enchanting and romantic atmosphere. Whether you opt for traditional hanging candle lanterns or modern LED versions, the warm, flickering light emanating from above creates a magical and inviting aura.

6. Craft an intimate nook

In the grand narrative of design, intimacy often trumps grandeur. Discover the beauty in creating secluded nooks within your patio – a cosy corner tucked away beneath an arching trellis, an intimate reading enclave cocooned by draping curtains, or a tucked-away tea table surrounded by flowering plants. These intimate niches, shielded from the world, amplify the sense of serenity and provide solace in your personal oasis.

7. Guide the eye with a centrepiece

Every masterpiece deserves a focal point that captivates and anchors its essence. This principle holds true for even the most compact patios. Choose a captivating centrepiece that aligns with your style. For those who appreciate a touch of artistic flair, a mosaic-topped table can be the perfect central feature. These tables are not just functional surfaces but also works of art in their own right.

On the other hand, a mini fire pit can transform your patio into a cosy and inviting oasis. The flickering flames create a mesmerising and warm ambiance, making your outdoor space an ideal spot for gatherings, storytelling or simply relaxing by the fire. Miniature fire pits are designed to fit snugly into smaller areas, making them a perfect choice for compact patios.

 

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A Quick Guide to Greening Up Your Patio Space

How to Green Up Your Patio Space: A Guide to Choosing Plants for Your Patio

Transforming your patio into a lush, vibrant oasis will not only add to its visual appeal but also create a serene and relaxing environment where you can reconnect with nature to escape the stresses of everyday life. This transformation can provide a welcoming space for outdoor gatherings, quiet contemplation or even a cosy spot to enjoy your morning coffee. Not to mention that the presence of greenery and vibrant plant life can contribute to improved air quality and a more balanced ecosystem, enhancing the overall wellbeing of both you and the local wildlife. What’s not to love?

With the right selection of plants, you can turn your outdoor space into a captivating retreat that combines nature’s beauty with your personal style. Not sure where to start? In this guide, we’ll explore the art of selecting plants that will breathe life into your patio, making it a sanctuary of natural elegance.

Your patio’s microcosm

Before you embark on your botanical journey, take a moment to observe your patio’s unique microcosm. Consider the amount of sunlight it receives throughout the day. Is it a sun-drenched haven or a shaded alcove? Also think about what the climate is like in your location.

Are there more warm months than cool or the other way around? Does the temperature swing wildly through the seasons or remain more moderate? These crucial factors will guide your plant choices, ensuring they thrive in their new home.

Sun-kissed splendour

For sun-drenched patios, opt for plants that revel in the spotlight. Succulents such as echeveria and sedum are ideal choices. With their water-storing abilities, they’ll withstand the heat and add sculptural charm. Climbing roses or jasmine, their delicate blooms exuding fragrance, can grace trellises or walls, infusing romance into the air.

To add a little drama, opt for ornamental grasses like Pennisetum – their feathery plumes catch the sunlight’s dance beautifully. Lavender, too, thrives in plenty of direct sunlight, releasing its soothing aroma when brushed against, transporting you to the Provence of France. Different varieties of lavender will do better in cooler and warmer climates so chat to your local nursery to select the one ideally suited to your location.

Shaded tranquillity

Shaded patios present a different palette to paint with. Ferns, with their luscious fronds, thrive in these gentle light conditions. The Hosta’s broad textured leaves bring forth an array of greens, creating layers of visual interest. Impatiens, with their joyful blossoms, can enliven even the darkest corners.

Consider the Japanese maple, an elegant tree that thrives in dappled light. Its foliage transforms through the seasons, celebrating the beauty of change. Its compact root system means it’s suitable for smaller courtyards and potting, however, be mindful that each maple variety will grow to different heights.

Pots of expression

Pots and planters play as pivotal role in the expression of your style as your choice of plants. Elegant terracotta pots can evoke a rustic charm, while sleek, modern containers in metallic finishes add a contemporary edge.

When arranging your plants, consider their heights and forms. Thrillers like tall, spiky Cordyline (which prefer low light conditions and offer year round lushless) can stand as focal points, surrounded by fillers such as begonias (each variety has a distinct preference for sunlight and climate), which gracefully spill over the edges. A trailing plant like the dichondra, often called ‘silver falls’, can complete the composition, cascading delicately and softening the overall look.

Sensory symphony

A well-designed patio engages all the senses and scent is a potent element to weave into your plant selection. Fragrant flowers like jasmine, with its heady perfume, can transform your patio into an aromatic sanctuary. The classic rosemary not only delights with its fragrance but also serves as a culinary herb, infusing your outdoor meals with a taste of the Mediterranean. Choose wisteria for a fragrant climber with stunning flowers that bloom in shades of pink, white, blue or purple.

Meditate on maintenance

While the aesthetics of your patio are essential, so is practicality. Choose plants that align with your commitment to maintenance. If you’re a green thumb with time to spare, intricate gardens with a mix of perennials and annuals might be your canvas. If you’re after ease, resilient options like geraniums and petunias offer vibrant blooms with minimal fuss.

Regular watering, pruning, and occasional fertilising are the nurturing strokes your botanical art needs. Remember that plants are living beings; they’ll reward your attention with blossoms of gratitude.

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Which patio best suits me?

When deciding on the design of your new patio or outdoor structure, functionality plays as big a role as aesthetic. After all, you want a space that suits your needs and lifestyle as much as it matches the design and architecture of your home. Families with young children and pets will likely use their space entirely differently to those who primarily want to entertain.

At Apollo Patios, our process starts with an in-depth Design Consultation to help understand your situation and identify your vision. Read on to discover some of the recommendations we might make depending on your current life priorities.

1. When you have a young family

A deck with protective patio roof doubles as a secure play space and practical oasis for parents with young children. Picture an elevated deck, above potential hazards, enclosed by sturdy balustrade finished with a roof to protect against the elements. Let your kids play to their hearts content under your watchful eye as you cook dinner or tick off your daily tasks.

Add a hanging egg chair or beanbags to create an enticing space for family snuggles, reading a book or watching the clouds roll across the sky.

Enhance the practicalities of your outdoor living space to meet the needs of young and old. Built-in seating and clever storage solutions mean that outdoor toys can be neatly stored, always finding a way back to their designated home. As your children grow up, a free-standing pergola with a firepit may become more suitable.

2. When you’re keen to add value to your home

The usability and allure of a home’s outdoor space is an appealing prospect to future buyers. A carefully tended lawn, an appealing façade and practical outdoor living areas collectively contribute to a significant increase in value. Often, it’s the minor intricacies that wield the most significant impact such as simply making your backyard space functional and appealing.

Consider questions like:

  • Is it good for entertaining?
  • Is there an area for a BBQ or outdoor kitchen?
  • Is there a safe space for kids to play?
  • Are there landscaping or structures that ensure low maintenance upkeep?
  • Is there somewhere suitable for exercise?
  • Is there space suitable for pets, with fresh air, protected from insects and wildlife?

The good news is that any investment you make into an outdoor structure is almost guaranteed to be well-received in future. One estimate even suggests that a landscaped patio can add 12.4% to the value of your home however, we suggest you do your own research. Rest assured that any money you spend on adding an outdoor living space is going to be as appealing to potential buyers as it is for you to use now.

 And if you’re not quite ready to sell your home just yet, you can reap the benefits of your investment in the meantime!

 

3. When you’re big on entertaining

Calling all entertainers, social butterflies and veritable lives of the party! Behold the patio designed to make your home the entertainer’s envy and your gatherings soar to new heights.

Picture a spacious bridge connecting your indoors with the great outdoors. Here, laughter and conversation flow seamlessly, creating memories to cherish. An outdoor kitchen steals the spotlight, flaunting a sizzling barbecue, a well-stocked mini-fridge, and a sink to keep the drinks flowing.

Under the shelter of a stylish patio roof , you bask in shade during the sun-kissed days, while the evening glow dances upon your elegantly appointed patio furniture. With this entertainment wonderland, the heart of your home extends beyond its walls and friends and family can revel in your hosting prowess, enjoying birthdays, celebrations and Christmas memories.

4. When you’re off exploring Australia

For the wanderers and adventurers, those who embark on the nomadic quest to discover the beauty of Australia, a robust carport stands as a steadfast guardian of your trusty stead… err camper van.. for when its wheels are still.

Shield your pride and joy from the elements with a carport made to exacting dimensions, that acts as a protective sanctuary until you are ready for your next odyssey. Built-in storage holds the key to organised readiness, ensuring a quick getaway when the moment calls.

This carport space offers excellent protection for boats, caravans or other vehicles and can even double as an extra living space when celebrations require. Gabled, skillion or flat roofed, flyover or freestanding, insulated or single-skin. The choice is yours.

5. When you want the best of both worlds

Love the outdoors but prefer to have the option to close off your space from the cold, wet or gusty wind? With a screen or glass enclosure, your patio seamlessly merges indoor comfort with outdoor allure, embodying the best of both worlds.

The screen enclosure unveils an inviting sanctuary, a secure place for your pet overnight, allowing gentle breezes while warding off pesky intruders. In the serenity of this natural cocoon, you revel in sunny days free from bothersome insects, surrounded by the vibrant embrace of nature.

The glass enclosure, on the other hand, introduces sophistication to your outdoor experience. Witness the changing seasons from your sheltered haven, where the dance of the rain and frolic of leaves in the wind become mesmerising sights that don’t compromise your comfort. Sit by the warmth of a fireplace as you observe the night sky.

So, what patio suits your lifestyle? Organise a time for a no-obligation chat with one of our experienced Design Experts. They’ll recommend the best option to meet your desired budget, that suits both the design of your home and your way of living.

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Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space You Never Want to Leave

Designing the perfect outdoor space requires striking the balance between functionality and allure.

You want a space that beckons to you to spend more time outdoors – whether it’s for entertaining guests, playing with the kids, lounging with a good book, or simply enjoying your coffee in the morning sun.

Yet, you also need a space that functions in ways that align with your lifestyle. While a complete redesign can be great, a few carefully chosen elements and simple additions can be all that you need to transform your patio or outdoor space into an inviting oasis that you won’t want to leave.

Read on to explore some ideas that will help you create an inviting outdoor area you’ll never want to leave.

 

1. Get some shade 

Protection from the elements is top of the list when creating a comfortable outdoor environment. You need somewhere that provides shelter from the harsh Australian sun and keeps you out of the rain while also offering protection from leaves and debris that can quickly become messy. A patio roof is a common choice and the solution that will offer you the most comprehensive protection. That said, if you don’t want a patio roof or if you are looking for an interim solution, you can also consider using decorative screens to form a canopy or screen. This not only offers shade but also helps define the space, creating the sense that your outdoor area is an extension on your indoor space.

Decorative shade

2. Create ambience with lighting

The right lighting can transform any space and your outdoor area is no exception. From simple fairy lights to dimmable LED and downlights, there are endless possibilities to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Stringing fairy lights around trees or along the perimeter of your patio adds a touch of enchantment. For something more contemporary and functional, install dimmable LED lights that allow you to adjust the brightness as desired. There’s nothing to say you need to keep your lighting above either – wall or floor strip lights are a fantastic way to add character to your outdoor space or stairs.

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3. Go green

Greenery has the remarkable ability to breathe life into any space. Consider adding pot plants, a succulent garden, or even a green wall to your outdoor area. Alternatively, raised garden beds can offer you the added benefit of homegrown vegetables and the opportunity to flex your green thumb. Whatever you choose, lush foliage will transform the atmosphere while allowing you to connect with nature.

Go green

4. Make it secluded

Having a secluded, private space where you can feel comfortable doing anything you like away from prying eyes is crucial to the design of your outdoor space. This doesn’t mean you need to fence off or enclose the entire area. Strategically placed shrubs or trees are excellent natural screens. These living elements not only provide a sense of solitude but also contribute to the overall beauty of your outdoor area.

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5. Curate your furniture

Your choice of furniture plays a pivotal role in creating a space where you and your guests can unwind and indulge in relaxation. An extra-large cosy couch provides ample space for everyone to sprawl out and catch up. For a touch of style and comfort, consider adding a pod chair. Surprisingly ergonomic due to their egg shape, pod chairs offer a unique seating experience that will elevate the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space. Built in seating with secret storage space can be a great way to boost the functionality of your outdoor area.

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6. Consider enclosing it

Depending on your local climate and your lifestyle preferences, a patio enclosure can be an innovative and practical solution that transforms your outside space into an all year round retreat. Use a screened patio to enclose and secure the space while still allowing natural airflow and light to filter in. If you would like added protection from the weather, you can add glass screens as well as mesh screens – the right system will allow you to open everything up when you want to. With an enclosed space, you can enjoy the tranquil view of your backyard and gentle breeze without worrying about dust, dirt, or unwelcome wildlife disrupting your outdoor experience.

Enclosed

7. Create a space for outdoor movie nights

Imagine cosying up under the stars with loved ones for an outdoor movie night. Set up a projector or large screen, arrange comfortable seating with blankets and pillows and install soft lighting to create an enchanting atmosphere. Whether you’re watching a classic film or the latest blockbuster, this outdoor movie night space will surely become a favourite gathering spot. Don’t forget the popcorn!

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