With summer already here, BBQ season in Australia is in full swing.
Here’s how you can easily construct the ultimate BBQ area for your backyard.
Building an outdoor entertaining area is a fantastic way to make the most of your backyard or patio, but this doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune.
Smart selections on low-maintenance and multi-functional products will ensure you have a BBQ area in no time.
Create the ultimate outdoor entertaining area
Whether you’re working with a sprawling backyard or a pocket sized inner-city courtyard, creating a functional and beautiful outdoor BBQ area that your friends and family will love spending time in this summer is more than achievable.
Start from the ground up
First up, consider where to build your BBQ area. If you already have a back veranda, pergola or a deck, then it’s a no brainer.
If not, you may need to build a separate structure or at least select a designated spot in your backyard to install a BBQ, outdoor seating and lay down suitable flooring like concrete or pavers.
A good idea is to select a space that is close to the house, so you don’t need to trek too far to get things you need.
Get your grill on
Whether you’re giving an existing BBQ area a much needed refresh or building an entirely new zone, there are a number of different things to consider.
Firstly, determine the space you’re working with. If you have a small garden or courtyard, consider the scale of what you’re putting in it.
If your garden is small, then it might benefit more from having the BBQ tucked away in a corner or against a wall.
If your budget and the space allows for it, an outdoor kitchen will add an extra element to your entertaining space and give you the ultimate barbie experience.
It involves connecting the BBQ with other everyday kitchen items and appliances like a sink, shelving and cabinetry, a fridge, seating, lighting, heating and cooling and whatever else you need.
Of course, you can add just one or all of these items depending on your wallet and desires.
Get creative with outdoor furniture
Space in a backyard is always paramount, so it’s important to avoid unnecessary clutter. Extending the functional value of the products you use to create your BBQ area is key.
Clever outdoor furniture also brings comfort and function to your entertaining space, but there are important considerations to make, such as:
The weather – Will your furniture be exposed to the elements? Do you live near the coast? Does it rain often?
Outdoor furniture comes in a multitude of materials these days. If your furniture will be undercover, then timber or wicker are popular, on-trend options.
However, if your setting will be open to the element of the weather, consider treated, metal or man-made materials such as plastic, polyethylene, resin or fiberglass.
Comfort – You will be using your outdoor furniture to relax, so make it comfortable.
Even if your chairs don’t come with cushions, you can buy or make your own cushions and pillows.
Just make sure to use good quality outdoor fabric that is fade and mildew resistant.
Your pillows will stay looking their best if you store them when you no longer use them outdoors in cooler months.
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