Expanding your Living Space into an Outdoor Room
The warmer weather has arrived and it’s time to start enjoying your outdoor space again. When thinking decks, think outdoor room instead.
Your outdoor area will most likely be seen from inside your home, so make it beautiful. When considering surface materials to use there is a lot to consider.
Timber softens an outdoor space. Timber feels nice underfoot but can get very hot in the sun. When decking, consider a neutral paint colour on the decking instead of a traditional timber stain to give it a contemporary edge. Or perhaps use a sturdy material, such as James Hardie’s HardiDeck, which is resistant to termites, rot and fading.
Typically cool in summer and warm in winter, pavers, come in almost any colour and require minimal maintenance. It's important to ensure all pavers are laid on waterproof slabs or scree beds so that no water comes up between the slabs.
The lowest maintenance option are tiles, although they can be the same price as stone pavers. Tiles are the hardest-wearing if laid well with good grouting. Easy to clean but they may not be suited for large areas as they can feel cold and hard underfoot.
Bricks can bring texture and interest to your outdoor space. They work well with timber or stone to give a rustic feel. Cost-effective, especially if you choose recycled bricks, however, can degrade quickly so best kept for retaining walls or as feature paths.
And finally, by putting a roof over your outdoor area, installing lighting, a fan and perhaps heating will increase your living space which can be used all-year-round.
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