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The Art of Outdoor Entertaining: Creating Inviting Spaces in Your Perth Backyard

Want to be the envy of all your friends? When it comes to outdoor entertaining in Perth, the possibilities are endless! Because of our stunning weather, transforming your backyard into an extension of your living space is the perfect choice for creating lifelong memories with your family and friends. Let's explore the art of how you can transform your Perth backyard into an inviting oasis that not only impresses your guests but also ticks off all the boxes on your wish list too.

1. Designing a Functional Layout

We all know that selecting your furniture, accessories and those final statement pieces can be the fun part. But before you dive into decorating, it's important to start with a carefully considered layout. It can sometimes be challenging to imagine how you might use the space when it's a blank canvas, but spend some time thinking about your ideal backyard and the different things you would like to include.

If you run into trouble with your inclusions, you may find it helpful to think in terms of Must Haves and Like to Haves. What is truly important to you and your lifestyle? Do you like to entertain, or would you prefer your own private sanctuary?

Once you have your list of inclusions you can start to divide the backyard up into different zones and placements. We recommend starting with a bubble diagram to set out a rough layout and ensure a smooth flow between zones. Then you can make refinements from there before settling on your final layout.

When setting out your space you should think about whether you prefer straight lines and geometric shapes, or more natural, organic shapes.

Some other factors to consider are the orientation of the sun, overshadowing from existing structures and trees, and the topography of the site. You'll want your pool area to see some sun, but you'll also need shade for protection during Perth's hot summer. Don't put your firepit right next to your alfresco or you'll smoke yourself out! To avoid expensive retaining try to work with the natural ground level when possible. Give seating areas a natural feel by placing them beneath shade-providing trees or stylish pergolas.

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An example of a bubble diagram

2. Marvellous Materials

Now that you have your ideal layout locked in, it's time to start selecting materials! Some key factors you'll want to consider will be style, maintenance, durability and price.

If you've got a native garden in mind, rather than using pavement for your garden pathways, you might want to consider using natural stone steppers from a local quarry with ground covers or crushed gravel in-between to compliment your native style (a great combination is Toodyay Stone Steppers with Summerstone Gravel Fines!).

Composite timber decking is a fantastic option due to it's minimal maintenance requirements, but it doesn't quite have the same natural aesthetic of a timber deck, and often lends itself to more contemporary garden designs. On the flip side, while a natural timber deck can look stunning in your garden design, you will need to be prepared to oil your timber deck at least twice per year to avoid fading, warping and premature ageing.

Post and Panel retaining walls may seem an attractive option due to their lower cost, but the panels can be prone to cracking over time and they lack the durability of other options like reconstituted limestone or cavity filled brick retaining walls.

3. Lush Landscaping

Incorporate lush greenery that complements the surrounding natural beauty of Perth. Native plants not only thrive in the local climate but also attract native birds and butterflies, adding life and colour to your outdoor space. If you have a smaller space, or need to increase privacy, vertical gardens and potted plants can be strategically placed to create visual interest. If you're planting near a pool area, consider using tropical plants with larger leaves or fronds - because cleaning lots of tiny leaves out of your pool can be a real chore! Not sure what plants might suit your space? We'd love to help! Why not book a consult and we can provide loads of ideas tailored to suit your needs, budget and style!

4. Furniture with Flair

Now that you've chosen your layout, materials and planting, you're finally ready for some decorating fun! Choose outdoor furniture that's not only comfortable but also reflects your style. Whether it's sleek modern lines or rustic charm, your furniture sets the tone for your backyard gatherings. Think about multipurpose pieces like benches with hidden storage or adaptable modular furniture that can be rearranged for different occasions. This will help keep it versatile for all those events and gatherings you'll be hosting year after year! If you have areas that require something more structured, like a sunken firepit area, we can design custom built-in seating for you in timber, concrete, microcement, natural stone and many other gorgeous finishes!

5. Captivating Lighting

As the sun sets over Perth, your backyard can transform into a magical haven with the right lighting. By using the right combination of festoon lights, spike spotlights and wall lights -among others- you can have your backyard transcend to the next level. Garden lighting adds a completely different element to your outdoor space, creating a warm and inviting ambiance and illuminating your plants and garden features in unique ways. There's no need for your outdoor hosting days to shut down through Winter; consider installing a fire pit or outdoor fireplace as a stunning centrepiece that keeps your backyard as 'the place to be,' even on cooler nights.

6. Culinary Delights

Us Perthies love gathering with family and friends to celebrate those special occasions. Whether it's mingling around an outdoor kitchen, barbecue, or alfresco; this area will definitely become central to your space. What you choose for your outdoor cooking and dining can really elevate your entertaining game. Our beautiful Perth climate makes alfresco dining a delightful experience, and something we love doing often. Install an outdoor kitchen or a wood-fired pizza oven for interactive cooking experiences, and ensure you have plenty of seating nearby for your guests to enjoy their meals.

7. Thoughtful Accents

Small details can make a big impact. Ready for some final touches? Add weather-resistant cushions, throw pillows, and outdoor rugs to bring comfort and style to your seating areas. Incorporate water features like fountains or ponds for soothing background sounds that evoke a sense of tranquillity. Want to make your space appear larger? Hang an outdoor mirror in your garden to give the illusion of more space!

Your Perth backyard has the potential to be more than just an outdoor space; it can become the 'go-to place' for unforgettable gatherings. If you're not sure where to start, get in touch so we can help! We're here to assist you to create the backyard of your dreams!

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