>
>
>
>
Outdoor Entertaining Area

Find a pergola builder the easy way

  1. Tell us what you need
  2. pergola builders contact you
  3. You choose the best pergola builder
Get Quotes Now »

Outdoor Entertaining Area

An outdoor entertaining area is a fantastic addition to any home and one that can be used all year round.  When it comes to creating your own outdoor area, you are limited only by your imagination.

What You Need To Do First

Before you go about creating your entertaining area, there are some things that you need to consider first.  The most important is how you are going to marry the new outdoor area with the style of your existing home.  The last thing that you want is to have an area that looks “tacked on” or disparate.

Once you have an idea of the style that you want, then you can start thinking about the things that you wish to include in your outdoor area, such as flooring, plant life, furniture, lighting, and so forth.  This can be a complicated process, so hiring a landscaper to help you with this part of the process can prove to be very useful.

Outdoor Flooring and Shelter

These are the most basic elements of your outdoor entertaining area and the elements that you most need to get right as it can be very difficult or costly to change these once they are in place.  There are a myriad of options available for your outdoor flooring – you could opt for a stylish deck, paving, natural stone, concrete, brick, or even tile.  When selecting your flooring, look to the style of your home, so that you are able to choose something complementary.  The goal of the outdoor area is to have it flow seamlessly on from the indoor areas in your home.

Shelter is also vital as you want to be able to use your outdoor area no matter what the weather is doing.  Some options for shelters include a pergola, gazebo, shade sails, and shade umbrellas.

Outdoor Lighting

Lighting is an important consideration when creating your outdoor entertaining area, as it is likely that a good percentage of your entertaining will be done during the nighttime hours.  Not only will you need outdoor lighting so that people are able to safely find their way around your garden, it can also be used to create atmosphere. 

The cheapest lighting option is to use candles or garden torches.  A scattering of these will provide light but also give the garden a fantastic ambience.  You could also use uplights or downlights to highlight features in your garden such as water features, swimming pools, plants, and trees.  One place where lights need to be used is along pathways and also around the entertaining area itself.  This is particularly important if you are planning on cooking outdoors.

Outdoor Heating

To make sure that your outdoor entertaining area can be used all year round, it is a good idea to add some outdoor heating.  You could opt for a patio heater, which are great as they warm people and objects, rather than just the surrounding air.  Another option is a brazier, which is essentially a steel basket in which some form of solid fuel is burnt.  Alternatively, you could opt for an outdoor fireplace or chiminea.  These may cost more to buy initially, but they are efficient and cheap to run.

Outdoor Furniture

The furniture you choose for your outdoor entertaining area will depend on factors such as the number of people that you choose to entertain, what budget you have, and how much maintenance you are prepared to undertake to keep it looking its best.  The most popular materials for outdoor furniture are timber, metal, glass and plastic.  At a minimum, you will need a dining table, enough chairs to seat all your guests, and some smaller folding tables that you can use to place food or drinks upon.  Other outdoor furniture options include daybeds, chaise lounges, hammocks, and comfortable couches in durable fabrics.  But if you are planning on going simple, your outdoor seating could be as simple as making some timber boxes with comfortable seat cushions on top!

Cooking Outdoors

If you are planning on using your outdoor entertaining area for cooking, it is worth taking the time to research and buy a decent barbecue.  A barbecue that comes with side burners is a great option as you will have greater versatility in the types of food that you can cook, and you can cover these side burners when they are not being used in order to create more bench space.

If you will be barbecuing a lot, it is worthwhile installing some shelving as well as cabinetry in order to store the basic items as well as crockery and dinnerware.  If you feel that it is worthwhile, a small outdoor refrigerator as well as a sink can prove to be very valuable.

Find Garden Suppliers the Easy Way

  • Help 1. Tell us what you need
  • I can help! 2. Garden suppliers contact you
  • I choose you 3. You choose the best garden supplier
By pressing 'Get Quotes Now', you agree to the terms and conditions of hipages.com.au.
I can help!

Get Quotes From Pergola Builders

  1. Tell us what you need from the pergola builders
  2. Pergola builders contact you
  3. Compare multiple quotes fast to save time and money

Get Quotes Now »

Featured Pergolas

WR Building & Maintenance Pty Ltd

WR Building & Maintenance Pty Ltd

W. R. Building & Maintenance Pty Ltd is a trusted, 100% Australian owned company that has been in op...

 
0411 286 023

By WR Building & Maintenance

Bens Fencing Pty Ltd

Bens Fencing Pty Ltd

Fencing & Gates - Decking & Pergolas - All Types of Timber Fencing - Timber Retaining Walls - Colorb...

 
0414 365 220

By Bens Fencing Pty Ltd

Scott Lewis Landscape Construction Pty Ltd

Scott Lewis Landscape Construction Pty Ltd

Outdoor Improvement SpecialistsWe specialise in all aspects of Landscape Construction & Design

 
0404 899 126

By Scott Lewis Landscape Construction Pty Ltd

Bunya Landscapes

Bunya Landscapes

Please feel free to contact me with any queries that you may have.

 
0412 488 810

By Bunya Landscapes

Climbmax Construction - Architecture and Building Services

Climbmax Construction - Architecture and Building Services

We pride ourselves on our dedication to excellence, flexibility to meet our client’s needs and our w...

 
0414 265 246

By Climbmax Construction

Thousands of Jobs!

1 job posted every 64 seconds

40,000+

Tradies

1,100+

Categories

Who is hipages.com.au?

As Australia's most visited building and renovation website, hipages.com.au is your platform for taking your building or renovation project from concept to completion.

We've been connecting Australians with local trade professionals and home services for over 10 years.

Post a job! it's free!

Get Quotes

The easiest way to find trade professionals - Tell us what you need and we'll get you three quotes.

Freecall 1300 217 968

MON - FRI: 7AM - 11PM (AEST)

SAT - SUN: 8AM - 10PM (AEST)

Advertise with us!

List your Business

Our highly engaged audience is actively sending enquiries to local trades & professionals just like you!

Call (02) 8396 1300

MON - FRI: 9AM - 5:30PM (AEST)

SAT - SUN: Leave a message and we'll call back on Monday