Garden upgrades that’ll add value now & in the future

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3 min readEveryone knows Aussies love the great outdoors. No doubt about it – the long summer nights and crisp winter evenings are perfect for lounging around, entertaining family and friends or catching up with the neighbours over a beer.

Check out these four backyard upgrades to boost your home’s value and provide hours upon hours of outdoor enjoyment for years to come.

 For sale: 19 Collins Avenue, Rose Bay, NSW For sale: 19 Collins Avenue, Rose Bay, NSW

1. Add a deck.

First and foremost, the most important Aussie backyard addition is a deck. Once it’s in you’ll never know how you lived without it.

Find decking professionals in your area on websites like Houzz and ServiceSeeking, where you can read reviews and browse photos of completed work.

If you’re up for a big project and feeling handy, why not give it a go yourself? Here’s some DIY decking inspo on YouTube and Pinterest.

 For sale: 1/182 Albion Street, Brunswick, VIC For sale: 1/182 Albion Street, Brunswick, VIC

2. Backyard cabana.

A backyard cabana is another property addition that will add value for you both now and in the future.

Perfect for a whole range of different uses, these Australian-made backyard cabanas are often council exempt and come with a 10 year warranty!

Whether you use it as a backyard bar, art studio, pool house or teenage retreat, the options are endless and the choice is yours.

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3. Outdoor entertaining area.

Outdoor entertaining areas are becoming a big part of our lifestyles, and definitely are a popular feature that buyers look for when purchasing a new home.

Whilst they may seem expensive to add at first, an outdoor eating area can add significant value to the sale price of your home, whilst providing an enjoyable space for you to spend quality time with family and friends.

The best part is no matter how elaborate or simple your outdoor entertaining area is, it’s outdoors, it’s fun and your friends and family will love it.

 For sale: 329 Chevallum Road, Chevallum, QLD For sale: 329 Chevallum Road, Chevallum, QLD

4. Brazier/ pizza oven.

Crisp winter evenings with friends are made even better by the dancing flames and deep warmth of a brazier or wood fired pizza oven.

Whether you go for freestanding or built-in, there are plenty of ways to make it happen, and you can rest assured knowing that you’ve added a warm and worthwhile investment to your property and your life.

If you’re up for a challenge there are a number of DIY options to build your own pizza oven and even pizza oven kits you can purchase.

NB: It’s a good idea to check your Local Council Website first, as some councils stipulate rules and regulations around the use of pizza ovens and open fires in residential areas.

 For sale: 48 Grandview Grove, Seaforth, NSW For sale: 48 Grandview Grove, Seaforth, NSW

If you’re feeling extra inspired to get outdoors this winter, here are five ways to heat up your outdoor area. Do you have any of these garden upgrades in your backyard? Please feel free to share in the comments below.

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Laura Jayne
Laura Jayne is the Content Coordinator at Melwood Cabanas and Garden Rooms. She loves connecting with clients, and helping them to find the ideal backyard building to suit their lifestyle. When she’s not doing that, she’s blogging, commenting and chatting on all things backyard-related. Company bio: Melwood Cabanas and Garden Rooms have been specialising in pre-fab, portable backyard cabanas since 1976. All Melwood cabanas come with a solid 10 year warranty, a dash of Aussie pride and a whole lot of character. Installation in Sydney Metro is fast and free.

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  1. Add folding walls connected to that deck. They are a huge game changer! With one easy push, you can unite your outside areas and your indoor social areas. In that way, you can enjoy your deck (and outdoor lifestyle) all year round. These don’t need to be very expensive, and there is a whole range of materials that you can choose from. See more ideas on how to upgrade your outdoor space:


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