AS THE weather turns from spring to summer, many Queenslanders will move their living from indoors to outdoors.
After months of winter neglect now is the time to prepare your outdoor living areas for the summer and Christmas onslaught.
Whether it is a adding a deck or patio, putting in a few garden beds, or fixing the fence, not only will it improve your home’s livability but can potentially add long-term value.
While some may prefer to get the experts in, there are also do it yourself options including a new product, a solid flooring product Power Floor, which looks and feels like a concrete floor but is cheaper and homeowners can do themselves.
The product by Hebel is installed over conventional floor framing such as decking joists, and the system of panels fit together to form a solid, strong, smooth floor.
Once it has been waterproofed it can also be tiled over. According to Brad Trethowan of Hebel the ideal location of a deck is on the northeast side of the house and will be in prime sun from the morning to the afternoon.
He said a deck on the south and west side of the home would reflect heat into the home.
If it’s your fence that is looking a bit ratty you can recreate the look of a masonry fence without the costs normally associated with it.
A rendered masonry wall may add instant value to a home, but bricks can be expensive, the process can be messy for do-it-yourselfers and render, if not applied correctly, can crack.
A new Modular Wall System has been developed to give the same appearance but at a cheaper price and without the other associated issues.
The modular post and panel system can be installed in a few days and requires no specialised skills or heavy machinery.
It is made of lightweight composite fibre cement panels which are suitable for hanging gates, installing letter boxes or installing, wiring for lighting.
SOLID LOOK: Hebel’s PowerFloor is a do-it-yourselfi rself concrete floor panel system; and Modular Wall Systems (top right) are post and panel systems that emulate the look of masonry rendered walls.