Make the most of outside your home

Great Asset: Pools are not only a great place to spend a summers day with fun for the whole family, they can also add value to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.
Great Asset: Pools are not only a great place to spend a summers day with fun for the whole family, they can also add value to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.

While many people focus on the interior of a home when buying or building, outside your home can be just as important for enjoying your property, but also adding value. There is a wide range of outdoor features that you can focus on when choosing your new home or adding to your existing one. Ideas range from simple BBQ areas, sheds and vegetable gardens through to pools and spas, outdoor kitchens and entertainment areas.

An important thing to focus one when looking at outdoor living is the time of year that you can make use of your exterior spaces. A pool may seem like a great idea but if it is too cold for the majority of the year there might be better uses of the space. Similarly a four car garage with separate workshop might sound good, but could end up just being an expensive storage area.

As with any property decisions, budget, usage and ability to renovate are the three main factors to consider when assessing the outdoor spaces of a property. This is your chance to build an oasis where you can relax and enjoy yourself, tinker with a project in your new workshop, or build the kids a dream cubby house. 

Variety of uses: Spa's are perfect for helping sore muscles, building fitness, entertaining friends and family, or just sitting back and relaxing. Photo: Shutterstock.

Variety of uses: Spa's are perfect for helping sore muscles, building fitness, entertaining friends and family, or just sitting back and relaxing. Photo: Shutterstock.

Like interiors, there are trends when it comes to planning the outside of your home. Traditionally pools are one of the biggest desires in property, however with smaller land sizes and varying family needs, spa’s are becoming more popular.

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Pools and spas come in many different varieties and sizes to match the varying property types along with customer needs and budgets. Sleek, contemporary styles with straight lines remain in style, along with angular pools that use natural stones to seamlessly blend the pool with outdoor entertaining areas. Mineral pools are a growing trend these days given they are rich in magnesium, known for having many health benefits, and are a more natural way to keep a pool clean.

Spas are also gaining popularity, especially swim spas, given they are often cheaper than pools and have a wider variety of uses. Spa’s have many advantages over pools including saving space, easy installation, and accurate temperature control.

Cook up a storm: Outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular, allowing you to create the perfect meal while enjoying fresh air. Photo: Shutterstock.

Cook up a storm: Outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular, allowing you to create the perfect meal while enjoying fresh air. Photo: Shutterstock.

Spa’s can be a great way to relax and recuperate, or alternatively they are perfect for entertaining. With built in Bluetooth stereos. WiFi control, LED lighting and the essential ice bucket, spa's offer a fantastic opportunity to catch up with friends.

When entertaining friends and family, an outdoor kitchen can create an amazing atmosphere and also add value to your home. From simple BBQ style setups, through to full kitchens complete with sink, oven, grill, and bar fridge, an outdoor kitchen is the perfect space to cook and catch up, while limiting mess inside your home making cleaning a breeze.