design tips tf november 2019

Get imaginative outdoors

Now is the perfect time to freshen up your backyard as it becomes one of the focal points for relaxing and entertaining during the summer months.

Jason Hodges, shares his top renovation ideas that will have your backyard guest-ready for summer vibes.

“They say summer bodies are made in winter, well the same goes for the backyard. By starting on this DIY project now, you can have a beautiful new outdoor room finished for Christmas, just in time to share with friends and family,” commented Jason.

Get imaginative and make the most of your outdoor space

Not all yards are created equal in terms of available space but where there’s a creative will, there’s a way to make the most of outdoor areas, big or small.

“There are fewer constraints improving your outdoors than there are renovating indoors and the key to unlocking the potential of your yard is creative thinking,” says Jason.

If your yard is sloped and you aren’t using every available square metre, you’re sitting on very valuable wasted space.

Use retaining blocks to create terrace areas or install garden beds to bring a lively element into what would be otherwise dead space.

If you don’t have lots of space in your backyard, you can always build up. Create a raised entertaining area out of nothing by framing the space with a freestanding, double-sided wall using concrete retaining wall blocks.

This DIY project will define your backyard this summer, while doubling as an informal bench seating for unexpected guests.

The beauty of using blocks such as the Ezi-T blocks is that there is no need to excavate; you can simply lay them on an existing concrete or paver base.

This is a DIY friendly job because you don’t need to glue blocks to the existing surface, the weight of the blocks will hold the wall in place and you only need to glue the finishing cap down so it is perfect for use as informal seating.

This article was first published in The Fence magazine.

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