Written by Jake Brady

Outdoor Living Ideas to Inspire Your New Home

As this tumultuous year comes to a close and summer quickly approaches, it’s never been more important to have a functional outdoor living area for relaxation and entertaining. An outdoor living space plays an important role in the home – not only is it a communal spot where the whole family can come together, it’s the perfect place for hosting social gatherings or soaking up some South Coast sunshine.

With so many options out there, it can be difficult to settle on one particular design or style that suits your home and backyard. But, we’re here to help! Keep reading to discover our favourite outdoor living ideas to inspire your new home. 

Create synergy with the indoors 

When you’re deciding on where to place your deck, or the configuration of certain landscaping elements, ensure that you’re considering the orientation and layout of your home. It’s always smart to have decking extend outwards from the interior kitchen or dining space, as this creates a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors. 

You could also consider kitchen windows that open out to your outdoor area, which is perfect for entertaining guests and eating alfresco-style. 

Think shade 

Living on the South Coast has so many wonderful benefits including the weather, but our summers can get pretty hot! If you’re looking to create a versatile and dynamic space that can be enjoyed all year round, you’ll need to make sure your outdoor living area is well shaded. 

This could involve anything from building your alfresco dining area beneath a selection of leafy trees or constructing a verandah that will provide a reprieve from the heat.

Invest in an outdoor kitchen 

A weekend barbecue is an integral part of laid-back Australian living, but why not take your entertaining skills a step further and invest in an proper outdoor kitchen? You’ll be able to cook up a storm without being relegated to the indoors and in turn create a truly alfresco dining experience. To get the full outdoor cooking experience, you could install a state-of-the-art grill, marble countertops, drinks fridge and even a washing up station.

Quality lighting is a must 

Dining or relaxing outdoors is all about creating a warm, inviting ambiance that will draw people into the space, so getting the light right is a must. To create a soft and subdued atmosphere, you can’t go past fairy lights or outdoor lamps.

For safety and so the space can be enjoyed at night, have task lights installed near any steps or food prep areas. To make the space more dramatic and dynamic, you can also place lights around the pool and certain plants. 

Luxurious and comfy furnishings 

There are a range of great outdoor furniture options that are both aesthetically stunning and highly durable. To pull your outliving living area together, it’s essential to decorate the space with inviting couches, rugs, dining tables, cushions and any other waterproof or durable decor that suits your personal style. 

Looking to nail the outdoor living area in your new South Coast home? Get in touch with Jake and the team at Smartbuild South Coast and let’s talk about your options!