Summer is upon us and we all love to spend time outdoors.  Outdoor living areas have become more and more popular and it’s easy to see why.  We have the perfect Summer here in Australia and love to be in it to eat and entertain outdoors. An outdoor living area is an extension of your home, so why not learn how to improve it?


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A spacious deck is crucial to an outdoor area, and everyone loves to sit, read and sunbathe outdoors. It also makes a great place to entertain, and is an easy way to add value to your home.


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Putting up pergolas and privacy screens that can be provided by Thomsons Outdoor Pine is a great way to provide protection from the sun, and gives you all year round use of your outdoor area. This means even when it’s raining you can entertain outside. If you plan on getting a pergola and some privacy screens, get on board with the right team to ensure you get the design that allows adequate light and proper shelter.


Ditch the public pool and get your own pool in your backyard – it will make a great addition to your outdoor area. There are pros and cons like there are with everything, but the best thing is you can use your own pool when you want and it’s great fun for the whole family.

Think about adding an awning as well to complete your outdoor entertaining area. It will protect your home from weather extremes and provide shelter from the heat and rain.


Add a comfy couch too so you have somewhere to sit. You can also add some brightly coloured cushions, but make sure they are made from outdoor fabric, as this will prevent them from fading and going mouldy. Who wouldn’t want to sit back with a book and relax on a comfy couch!

I hope these ideas will help you improve your own outdoor area, or at least give you some inspiration. Summer really is the best time of year, and is even better when spending time outdoors with family and friends.

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