From enjoying a relaxed Sunday brunch to hosting a lively evening dinner party, outdoor living is an integral part of the Australian way of life. Creating a space to gather with friends and family or to enjoy a morning coffee while soaking up some sunshine is what many Australians consider a quintessential part of their lifestyle. Whether it’s a simple backyard patio or an elaborate outdoor entertaining area complete with a barbecue, outdoor kitchen, and pool, Australians love to make the most of their stunning natural surroundings by creating a comfortable space that allows them to spend as much time as possible outside regardless of the weather.
If you’re in the process of designing your ideal patio, here are some important points to think about before and during the Design Meeting with our Consultant. If you’re still not certain about any or all of the elements of your ideal patio, don’t worry! Your Design Consultant will be able to help you during your free consultation.
While the size will somewhat be dictated by the outside space you have to play with and council regulations in your region, we can design the size of your patio by considering how you intend to use it. If you love to entertain and envisage big dinner parties with family or friends, a larger patio space will of course be better suited. You may also like to bear in mind how you currently use the outside space you have now so you can factor in any features or functions that you feel are missing and would like to incorporate into your new patio design. This will help us to create a space together that not only meets your current needs but also addresses any shortcomings or limitations of your current outdoor living area.
Choosing the right roofing for your patio is crucial, it needs to be durable to withstand Australia’s harsh weather conditions. It is essential to use roofing best suited to your local environment. Do you need to account for cyclones or bushfires, for example? Is the roofing engineered and certified for these conditions? Insulated roofing panels will help to modulate the temperature, reducing the heating and cooling requirements of your new patio space. So, you may like to consider whether insulated or single skin roofing is better suited to your needs. We can manufacture your preferred type of roofing to suit your requirements.
How do you want to arrange your furniture and other features? Do you want a central area for entertaining or a more intimate space for relaxation? Would you like room for a fireplace or fire pit? Do you need space for a dining table or a barbeque? Consider your lifestyle and preferences when deciding how to arrange your furniture and other features, so that you can create a patio that is functional, practical, and tailored to your specific needs.
The Australian sun can be harsh so providing adequate shade is important. Work with your patio installer to ensure your roof is expansive enough to offer you adequate shade throughout the day. If you live in the southern parts of Australia where the winters can be longer, would you benefit from enclosing your patio space with doors and screens so you can continue using your outside living space in windy, cold or wet weather? There are plenty of clever designs that can help you to enjoy your patio space all year round.
Comfortable outdoor furniture that is durable and easy to maintain is essential. Depending on whether you intend to use your patio as an entertaining area or as a relaxation space, you may like to ensure you have space for a dining table or outdoor lounge – or both. There are many different styles and materials to choose from, so take your time and find what best suits your needs.
6. Lighting and other fixtures
Outdoor lighting can create a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it perfect for evening relaxation or entertaining. Have a think about the lighting you envisage as your patio builders can help you incorporate different lighting options into your design by adding the cabling ready for a qualified electrician to hook it up. Alternatively, installing outdoor lighting, such as string lights or lanterns, can provide ambient lighting and create a cosy atmosphere. You may also like to consider other fixtures such as fans, heaters, speakers, power points and switches as these can be incorporated into the design and made ready for complete installation by an electrician.
Plants can add colour and texture to your patio while creating a sense of privacy. They also help create a cooler and more comfortable outdoor environment by providing shade and reducing heat. If you’re looking to create a tropical feel, consider adding some palm trees or ferns to your patio. Alternatively, if you want to add a pop of colour, you might opt for some brightly coloured flowers, such as hibiscus or bougainvillea. Choose plants that thrive in your climate and require little maintenance. Succulents, native grasses, and flowering shrubs are excellent choices for an Australian patio.
Your new patio will be the perfect place to kick back and watch the bees buzzing around your garden or admire the view beyond your backyard. You may also like to consider how else you want to use your patio. Is it a space simply for relaxation or entertaining, or both? If you’re planning to use your patio for entertaining, you might want to consider adding a built-in barbeque or outdoor kitchen. This will allow you to prepare and serve food without having to constantly move between your indoor kitchen and outdoor patio. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in using your patio as a space for relaxation, you might want to consider adding comfortable seating, such as a sofa or outdoor lounge chairs. You could also consider adding a hammock or swing for the ultimate in relaxation or incorporating space for the kids or grandkids to play.
Ultimately, the key is to create a patio that meets your specific needs and enhances your lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to entertain guests, relax with family, or simply enjoy a quiet evening outdoors, there are countless ways to design a patio that reflects your personal style and enhances your outdoor living experience. If you need any more ideas, pop over to our Inspiration Gallery where you can explore recently completed projects.
If you’re ready to take the next step, we would love to help you design your ideal patio.
Book a free Design Consultation where we can discuss what you’re looking for and provide ideas and advice on what will work best for you.
During the meeting, we will evaluate:
- What you will be using the space for and what you want to achieve
- How it will be furnished
- How it will work with your existing home
- How to incorporate long term goals with current needs
- All year-round comfort living, taking into consideration the weather aspects
- Privacy and outlook