Revamp your Hills District outdoor entertaining space

Outdoor entertaining spaces are great places to relax and spend time with family and friends in the warmer months. The right layout and design of your outdoor space can also add value to your home. Here are our top 7 tips for revamping your outdoor area, plus a bonus tip at the end!  

Tip 1: Declutter!

Your outdoor space should be as open and inviting as possible. Whether it’s a patio, a deck, a courtyard, a backyard or a combination of those, avoid cluttering it with any unnecessary items.

Even if you only have a small outdoor entertaining space, decluttering will make it appear larger.

Tip 2: Choose stylish and comfortable outdoor furniture

Your outdoor space will be much more inviting and enjoyable for everyone if you have stylish and comfortable furniture in it. Your furniture can act as a magnet, drawing your guests to it to relax and unwind. A shaded table or some outdoor couches are both great choices, depending on how much space you have. 

Tip 3: Add some plants and flowers

Make your outdoor area come alive with natural greenery and splashes of colour. If you have a garden surrounding your space, give it a summer makeover and choose your plants wisely.

Climbing plants can add life to brick walls that are visible from your outdoor area – purple coral pea or Hardenbergia violacea is a great choice for Hills District gardens.  

The right pot plants in the corners of your patio or deck can also add to your outdoor appeal without taking up much space. Another great idea is to hang some plants off roof beams if parts of your outdoor area are covered. Talk to your local nursery for plant advice – Bunnings Castle Hill always has a great plant selection to choose from. 

Tip 4: Add mood lighting

Make your outdoor space suitable for both day and night entertaining and create a great atmosphere with the right lighting. There are plenty of options available, including:

  • garden lights
  • hanging wall lights,
  • flood lights,
  • lanterns, and
  • party or fairy lights. 

Your lights don’t have to be white. You can experiment with colours, and make sure any lighting options you choose highlight the key features of your home and outdoor area. 

Tip 5: Add a new timber deck

Adding a new timber deck one can really enhance your outdoor area and create an outdoor room that’s great for alfresco meals and relaxing. If you’ve never had one, you’ve been missing out. And if you have one but it’s weathered, now is a great time to give it some attention.  

Make sure you choose durable, all-weather timber if you add a new deck, as it retains its high- quality finish for much longer.

Tip 6: Add an outdoor kitchen

There’s nothing worse than being stuck inside cooking while your guests are all enjoying themselves outside. You don’t have to if you add an outdoor kitchen to your entertaining area! Your outdoor kitchen can include everything you need, including cabinets, a benchtop, a sink, a drink cooler and, of course, a barbecue. 

Stainless steel appliances look great and will withstand the weather.

Tip 7: Add a water feature

Water features help to create a calm environment, as the sound and look of water is so relaxing. That makes them perfect for outdoor entertaining areas, and they don’t have to be huge or expensive. Look through gardening websites such as The Plant Hunter or The Spruce for inspiration for any garden. 

Bonus Tip: Talk to us if you’re thinking of selling or buying in the Hills District. 

If you’re thinking of selling your Hills District property, talk to good real estate agents in your area before you revamp anything, including your outdoor entertaining space. 

Ask them what features home buyers and investors in your area are looking for and listen to their advice.