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.
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!