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Natural Instinct

Now is the time that many homeowners turn their attention to making their outdoor zone the place to chill out


Even before the world was struck by Covid-19, a global shift in values was gaining momentum.

Many home makers were increasingly valuing a connection to nature because it’s the perfect conduit for grounding senses battered by our hectic, tech-heavy world.

Internal colour schemes and textured finishes are inspired by nature, while homes are designed to not only provide a connection to the outside world but also to work with the power of nature to make them more energy efficient.

And we’re treating our outside zones like a precious extra room, private sanctuaries where we can kick back and appreciate new shoots on a native shrub, stop to marvel at native wildlife and allow fresh air and sunshine to energise our senses.

Nature is the new luxe.

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Maximise the Space

Whether you’re working with a balcony or a giant sprawling yard, make the most of every centimetre of space available using thoughtful planning.

It’s a good idea to make a list of what you most love to do outside, prioritise and then create a plan to incorporate your top items.

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Create Zones

Divide up your outdoor space and create zones that cater for each activity that is important to you.

If you have yard space, don’t get stuck into thinking most of it has to be lawn.

Variety is the spice of life, and decking, crushed rock, mulched beds and other living ground covers add interest. Using a mixture of these will also help the space feel bigger.

Raise the Stakes

Different levels add visual appeal. If you have the luxury of working with a landscape designer and budget allows, creating both sunken and raised areas will help to make an extra-special space.

Grow your Own

There’s a lot to be said for growing your own herbs and vegetables. Not only is it practical on a variety of levels – think budget busting and organic – but it is also incredibly satisfying.

Even if you only have a small balcony, you can still grow your own herbs and treats such as strawberries.

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Cook and Chill

Entertaining outside is one of the easiest ways to relax with visitors and if you have a space that at the bare minimum can accommodate a barbecue, you have the perfect chance to get your regular dose of nature.

Cooking outside is easy and fun so it is no wonder many West Australians have an alfresco kitchen high on their wish list.

If space and budget permits, go all out and include a pizza oven, sink, fridges and a fabulous outdoor dining suite. Weather-proof the space by adding alfresco blinds, fans and heating systems.