Skip to main content

Designing The Ideal Patio Space For My Family

When we first moved into our new home, my husband was less than impressed with the outdoor space. There was a patio out there, but it wasn’t fit for purpose. Once the rest of the house was sorted, we decided it was time to start work. We created a design plan that contained lots of different elements before heading out to our local stores to purchase materials. I’ve listed some of our ideas below. With a bit of luck, they will give you some inspiration and help you to create something wonderful. At the end of the day, most people want to spend a lot of time in their gardens. So, it makes sense to ensure the patio area is as comfortable and functional as possible.

Laying a raised deck

Firstly, we had to take some measurements and pick up some decking. My husband was shocked to find out how easy it was to put together. We imagined we would have to pay for installation, but he did everything himself. Once the decking was down, we gave it a tung oil finish to strengthen the wood. It now looks fantastic, and we’re both very happy with the outcome. Perhaps you should get some decking soon? You’ll always get cheaper prices when the weather is poor.

Building a brick barbecue

My husband wanted to make sure we could eat outside when the sun is shining. I thought it would make sense to purchase a gas barbecue, but he wanted to do something a little more special. With bricks obtained from our local construction yard, he managed to create the perfect outdoor cooking piece. We built the barbecue at the side of our decking because the bricks would have been too heavy, and they might have caused damage.

Adding some cover

I spent a long time creating my dream garden, so I wanted to add some cover to our patio space. That would mean I could enjoy the garden, even when the rain is pouring. Again, my husband went down to our local DIY store to purchase more timber. He get his tape measure out, spent a few minutes writing down numbers, and then started to create a plan. As you can see from the image, he surrounded our patio area with a wooden cage into which flat panels could be fitted. That allows us to get lots of sun during the summer, but it also keeps us dry during the winter.

As soon as our patio area was complete, I went out to purchase some stylish furniture. I chose metal over wood to give the patio something different, and it works rather well. No matter how big your outdoor space might be, there are always ways in which it can be improved. I hope the ideas on this page have given you some encouragement. We managed to do everything for less than $1000. So, creating the patio you’ve always wanted doesn’t have to break the bank.

See you back here soon for some more essential home design tips and guides!



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

An Evening Dinner At Chef Chew Kitchen, Petaling Jaya

BACK TO SG. BULOH for a couple of days.... Come evening, we went for dinner at Chef Chew Kitchen in Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya.  Since it was my first time there, I did not know what to expect except to sit back, relax and eat.  LOL... It is a one shop lot restaurant so tables are very limited.  Reservation was made at 6pm to be on the safe side, to avoid crowds and waiting for food was very minimized at this time of the day.  For the seven of us, these dishes were served on the table... Thumbs up even before the dinner...  And soon these are served...  Claypot braised ribs...  Their signature dish... Fish Maw...  First time eating fish maw which is whitish in colour...  Black Beancurd with Pumpkin sauce... Hey, this restaurant indeed serves new to me! This must be Sweet Sauce Chicken... For the American... Cos we Asians like Steamed Chicken like this!  LOL...  And the star dish of the dinner is this...  Freshly steamed and succulent prawns

Reunion At Museum Restaurant At Starling Mall

CLASSMATES REUNION... but not from my year.  i just tagged along with my sister who wanted my company that evening.  She was going to meet up with some of her classmates at The Starling mall.  I did not want to drive there, taking Grab is a much easier and practical choice, considering it was rush hour in the evening.  Furthermore, I am not familiar with the roads... both of us might panic on the federal highway.  LOL...  Having someone to take us there is so stress free, we only have to pay RM20 for the ride.  :)  Our first time to Startling Mall and being made familiar by one of the bloggers, Phong Hong who used to post up her lunch meals taken from there.  We were supposed to meet up at 7pm but we reached there an hour earlier to "survey" the shops and ended up buying a "bit."  Blame it on my sister who always like to give positive comments most of the time!   The dinner was held at The Museum.... Originated from Ipoh actually and how there is a branch

Night Market Along Lee Garden Plaza Hotel, Hatyai

BY THE TIME WE REACHED THE HOTEL, it was almost dark. This time round, we took a longer rest in the hotel... my girl might not need it but I certainly did!  After recharging around 80% of my body strength, we were ready to explore the streets again. Our hotel is really a strategic spot for us tourists.  The street vendors were all ready to boost their sales in front, at the side and along the whole stretch of street where we stayed.  Left, right, front... the place was filled with people and tourists like us... I could hear some of them speaking my dialect, we felt kind of at home instead of being tourists.... Besides the street vendors in front of the hotel, there was a night market just five minutes walking distance away from our hotel, Lee Garden Plaza.... Maybe they only opened during the weekends?  I am not sure about that.. .anyway, we were kind of excited to see all the bright lights along the street.... Come... Let's Go! We started from the beginning of the str