Humans are programmed to spend time outdoors, in the sun, soaking up that vitamin D. But we don’t feel encouraged when our existing outdoor patio resembles a dumping ground instead of a haven. If it’s time to update, don’t forget these points.
You might dream big but only have a little space. Is it more suited as a children’s play area or somewhere to sit and read quietly? You can do a lot, whatever the size.
Concrete is the best choice for an outdoor area big or small because it’s practical and doesn’t need as much upkeep as grass. But if you have little ones running around, it’s better to have a smooth finish. This at least saves them from having scrapes if they fall over. Outdoor pavers and tiles are easy to wash or water blast, as well.
Decorating can be cheap
You don’t need to spend a lot to make your patio or balcony pretty. Furniture can be bought second-hand on Facebook, Gumtree, and Ebay. You can find deals at KMart for both outdoor and kids furniture.
Facebook Marketplace is an underestimated source of quality goods. People will advertise garage sales, homewares they want to sell and other services. Most of your budget will go towards the concrete, trades, and labour for your entertaining area, so be open to finding the decorations from other, unexpected sources. As a bonus, they’re usually good quality.
Get some plants
Being near plants makes humans happy. It’s a scientific fact. They’re an amazing source of oxygen and green walls are a common feature in concreted areas that don’t have room for grass.
Check out your local nursery for some hardy natives or some succulents. You can even start up your own little herb garden. Get some baby plants, a planter box, soil and compost and you’re good to go.
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