Five point­ers to help in­ject life into your out­door ar­eas

Pilbara News - - Property -

1 A high-pres­sure cleaner will im­prove the look of paved or con­crete ar­eas and re­move oil or moss build-up, ac­cord­ing Aus­tralian Out­door Liv­ing WA gen­eral man­ager Scott Gre­gory.

“Clean tim­ber deck­ing with warm, soapy water and a stiff broom, then re­ju­ve­nate with good-qual­ity deck­ing oil,” he said.

2 Well-placed out­door light­ing adds di­men­sion to gar­den beds and out­door seat­ing ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to Perth Gar­den Lights owner Ali Saljoughian.

“High­light back­ground plants with sub­tle up­light­ing and il­lu­mi­nate trees with in-ground, wide-an­gle lights,” he said.

He also rec­om­mended spike lights in gar­den beds, rather than fixed, in-ground light­ing.

“As your gar­den ma­tures, you can move the lights around and an­gle them to high­light chang­ing shapes and struc­tures.”

3 Pa­tio Liv­ing State man­ager Nick Jol­ley said a lined and in­su­lated ceil­ing could add style to al­fresco ar­eas.

“Prod­ucts such as Gyprock, white boards and marine ply re­flect the qual­ity of a home and add the most value for a look that is a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion to the home,” he said. 4 Screens are a great way to add im­pact, ac­cord­ing to INEX Pro Out­door Liv­ing De­sign & Con­struc­tion direc­tor Josh Ur­win. “Use pan­els to cre­ate an af­ford­able mod­ern ar­chi­tec­tural look and feel to a small space with­out mak­ing the area feel cramped or en­closed,” he said.

5 Poured, honed ag­gre­gate con­crete, traver­tine or gran­ite pavers are ex­cel­lent floor­ing op­tions for adding a classy base to out­door liv­ing ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to Mr Jol­ley.

“These ma­te­ri­als are easy to clean and more re­silient to wear and tear or weath­er­ing than lime­stone paving,” he said.

With warmer weather set­ting in, now is the time to up­date your al­fresco ar­eas.

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