Property staging Sydney isn’t just about creating magic in your interiors. Your outdoor areas need just as much attention in order to attract potential buyers and show them yours is the ‘it’ home they have to have. An alfresco area is a staple for every Australian home – it adds a new dimension to how you entertain while enhancing the appeal of your property. With outdoor rooms continuing to be one of the biggest trends in Australian home design, homeowners are looking for easy and affordable ways to spruce up this space to add to their property’s appeal when selling.
Building an outdoor kitchen is a fantastic way to make the most of your alfresco area but this doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune. Smart selections on low-maintenance and multi-functional products will ensure you have the ultimate barbeque area in no time.
Start from the ground up
The first step is to reclaim some of your grassed area to pave a small courtyard. This will provide a solid foundation to place cooking equipment and furniture. Select a place that’s far enough away from your doors and windows to avoid smoke from the barbeque drifting inside.
An outdoor barbeque area can double as a dining space, so it’s important to use a paving product that is easy to maintain and can withstand high foot traffic. Concrete pavers are great as they’re hardwearing and withstand harsh elements. Consider a paver with a smooth surface like Adbri Masonry’s Euro Classic – they’re easy to seal, clean and maintain over time.
Get your grill on
Whether you’re giving an existing barbeque area a much needed refresh or building an entirely new zone, there are a number of different things to consider.
The first is to bear in mind the space that you’re working with. If you have a small garden or courtyard, consider the scale of what you’re putting in it. If your garden is small, then it might benefit more from having the barbeque tucked away in a corner or against a wall.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large backyard, opt for the complete outdoor kitchen experience, featuring a built-in barbeque. Ensure that there is plenty of space for prep work, cooking, serving and cleaning.
Once your grill is up and running, make sure you have all the right tools and cleaning supplies for easy maintenance. It’s recommended that you give your barbeque a good clean with warm soapy water after each use.
Get creative with built-in furniture
Space is at a premium, so it’s important to avoid clutter at all costs. Extending the functional value of the products you use to create your alfresco courtyard is key. Garden walls can double as bench seating using Adbri Masonry’s AB Courtyards blocks – suitable for gatherings of all sizes. Clever lighting and heating products can also cater for intimate and more extravagant dinners as well as a casual ‘neighbourhood barbeque’.
Turn up the heat
When designing an outdoor space, including an appropriate heating and lighting solution is crucial for creating a comfortable ambience – all year round.
Portable gas heaters can do the job but in many cases, they’re hard to store and can become an eyesore. For a more modern approach, opt for a ceiling mounted heating and lighting option, and for true style, check out a two-in-one solution like the IXL Fresco Aurora Outdoor Heater.
The IXL Fresco Aurora Outdoor Heater combines ambient infrared heat, dimmable task lighting and coloured mood lighting in one cleverly and sleekly designed unit. Its technology savvy and can be controlled through a free app via your smartphone, making it easy to set and change your heating and lighting preferences.
According to our property staging Sydney experts, an immediately useable, stylish and comfortable alfresco dining area can be your winning hand in the property market game when it comes time to sell your house. Let Urban Chic Property Styling make sure you are dealt that winning hand. We can proudly say we have more Five Star Google reviews than any other styling company in Australia. Give us a call and we’ll show you why!