Patio Makeovers For Summer To Transform Your Home
With summer around the corner, most South Africans are coming out of hiding and venturing out into the garden again, lighting a braai and wanting to enjoy their outdoor entertainment space. Is your patio or entertainment area ready for summer?
There is no doubt that when shopping for a house the garden, patio or entertainment area is high on the list of what sways interested buyers, besides the kitchen, bathrooms and living area of course. Whether you are looking to sell, or to make your own home more homely, these tips will help transform your winter patio into your summer playground.
10 Tips to Transform Drab to Fab:
1. Respite from the elements.
Having some kind of protection from the elements whether rain or shine will allow you to use your patio/entertainment space more often.
If it is undercover, perhaps see if the structure needs an update, paint or just a good clean. And if it is not undercover, perhaps time to consider a pergola?
2. Inspect the floor.
As with surfaces inside your home, surfaces outside suffer from general wear & tear and may need regular attention. However, we usually pay more attention to the spaces inside the home as we spend more time there. Is it a tiled or decked floor? Perhaps the tiles need a good scrub down, or the grouting a clean or regrout. Wood decking may need a varnish after winter conditions to help them through the harsh summer sun and breathe new life into them. If you’re tired of varnishing, it may be time to consider a lower maintenance flooring solution such as a composite deck – which mimics the look of wood.
3. Get Braai ready.
Possibly one of the hardest workers in a South African home, the braai. Whether it is built-in or portable, it’s time to dust it off and give it a good once over.
Clean out any grit, grime and old ash. Perhaps give the grids a good soak before the season starts in earnest.
If it is a built braai such as a jet master, does it need a coat of paint or derusting treating? If a brick fireplace, inspect the wall. The bricks may need attention. Inspect the chimney if you are able to ensure it is not obstructed.
4. Create a focal point.
One easy way to give your patio a cozier feel is to create a visual focal point – besides your braai that is. One such favourite is a fire pit. If you don’t want to build one, the portable options work just as well.
5. Create a relaxing ambience
Outside, there are multiple ways to encourage feelings of relaxation, from comfortable big couches to soft and airy day-beds. It all depends on your home and how you want to use this space.
6. Revive old furniture
Outdoor furniture, while made to withstand the elements, can take a beating over the years. Rather than splurge on new furniture, a few DIY fixes can revive your existing pieces. A once-rusted patio table can look brand-new thanks to spraypaint, new strapping, and a little cleanup.
7. Invest smartly
If you can’t revive existing furniture, consider spending a little extra on one special piece of furniture you’ll use regularly. Then finish your backyard with more-affordable accents, such as pillows and side tables, to complete your space.
8. DIY a Seating Area
Furniture can be an expensive investment for backyards, but there are options for cheaper backyard seating ideas. Rely on make-it-yourself benches, chairs, and tables and you will furnish your backyard for less. If you have the space for it, consider building a bench with low-cost concrete blocks, dry-stacked and covered with a foam pad and ample scatter cushions. This offers a lot of additional seating without much wear & tear.
9. Include Lighting
Lighting has many functions, including ensuring safety along walkways, or providing light as the day fades. Lighting for additional ambience could include soft fairy lights against the ceiling, pillars of the patio or even wrapped around trees. Additional lighting includes adding solar lights in your garden, or oversized hurricane candle holders on the floor or dining table which add a softer ambience for conversation.
10. Add greenery
Tall trellises with flowering vines such as Jasmine are an excellent way to establish gentle borders around a patio. A fragrant vine can also cast a sweet scent to passersby. Plants can be a welcome way to add living décor to a patio space. Intermix grasses and foliage-focused plants for variety in both hue and style. Add large oversized pots in warm colours with fun, brightly coloured flowers, or even easier to manage succulents. If there isn’t enough space for large pots on the ground, perhaps consider growing a vertical garden – which could double as growing your own herbs for cooking.
A good, general clean with minor maintenance can go a long way. And don’t forget to give your garden and hedges a little trim too.