One of the best things about living in Australia is that we have great weather – winters tend to be on the milder side and summers can seem endless. It’s no wonder then that we love spending so much time outdoors.

There’s an old joke that says that in England the sun is a newspaper. Here in Australia, we can take full advantage of long sunny summer days. The downside of course is that the weather can also get pretty hot.

Beating the heat is, however, easy. Carefully planning and designing outdoor living spaces helps you take full advantage of the outdoors and escape the stifling heat inside. The basic idea behind careful planning is to create an oasis outside for you and your family.

Get on Deck

A quintessential part of most Australian homes these days, decks provide a great outdoor space for holding barbeques or just relaxing in the cool evening air. Sipping sundowners on the deck after a long day at work is the ideal way to end the day.

Your Pool Area

The pool area is one area that is often neglected when it comes to design elements. We worry about making our swimming pool compliant with safety regulations, hence we don’t really give as much thought as to how to make it more appealing.

Pools can now be built in many different shapes, sizes and forms and can be designed to be a perfect escape for you and your family. Speak to a landscaping expert about taking your pool to the next level. You can look at adding in water features, a grotto, etc. – the choices are endless.

An Outdoor Room

Maybe your house just isn’t big enough to allow you to entertain in the style that you would like to. A great outdoor room can be the perfect solution. Outdoor rooms are becoming very popular as extensions to nicely landscaped gardens.

An outdoor room can be simple – just a place for friends to meet, or more utilitarian – like a bar or kitchen. It can be very useful and can really help you enjoy your garden to the full.

A Soothing Garden

When it comes to the garden, create one that requires less tending and maintenance because spending hours on the garden every weekend is not the kind of outdoor living most people look forward to. The trick is to create a sustainable garden.

These gardens are designed with your particular area and climate in mind. These gardens tend to be low maintenance, water-wise and cost-effective to maintain. They also minimise the impact on the soil and local water table. By using plants suited to your local area, you minimise the need to use chemical fertilisers and minimise watering.

Let’s face it; summer is the time to spend a lot of time outdoors. Make your outdoors special and you may never want to go inside again.