What Are You Going To Do With Your Backyard?
Guest post by Hubert Dwight
The humble Aussie backyard can be home to so many different recreational activities for the family.
It is the hub for barbecues, parties, social events, birth days, and gatherings of neighbours.
When you think about it, so much can go on in the backyard that it make sense to plan it just as much as you plan your home!
During the planning, and the construction of your new house, you should have plenty of time to plan and sketch out some ideas.
You need to make sure that your backyard is a reflection of who you are and how you want to live.
So here are some thoughts:
I like an area where I can sit peacefully and have time for reflection.
You can go all the way with a traditional Japanese garden like this, but the key is try to have a natural look to the garden and keep it simple.
Go for shrubs and ground cover plants rather than flowerbeds . . . . It’s not relaxing to sit and think about weeding the garden beds!
Make sure you provide a seat that is protected from the sun and rain.
If being active is high on your list of garden activities, than you might think about putting a pool in.
You only have to fly into most Australian cities to see how popular pools are!
IF you don’t have the space for a pool then you could think about something like a Spa.
Spas will fit into remarkably small spots, and if you go for a swim spa you’ll be able to swim for as long and as hard as you like!
Even if you aren’t interested in a pool the sound of running water can be relaxing so it might be worth thinking about a fountainn or a decorative pond.
Think About The Children
The two issues about gardens and children are keeping them safe, and having somewhere to play
Keeping them Safe
If you go for a pool remember that drowning is a real risk.
For all new pool installations you will be required to provide childproof fencing which is great.
It will be up to you however to make sure you don’t compromise the safety by placing furniture next to the fencing which will allow a child to climb the fence.
Somewhere To Play
Most young children love to run around so having an area of lawn is always good, as the occasional fall shouldn’t cause an injury.
Some play equipment or a cubby house are also things to consider.
If you like to entertain, a deck is an option well worth considering.
Futurewood composite decking supplies would be a great place to look at options for long life low maintenance decking materials!
You can take it to the extreme if you really want to, but just make sure you have the basics of shade, some comfortable furniture, good lighting and – of course – a barbecue
If it all sounds a bit too much for your budget then just buy a basic furniture and Barbeque and upgrade when you can!
Whatever you do, make sure your backyard will be fun, and involve the whole family.
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