Create cosy outdoor rooms in time for cooler weather
Though summer has come to an end, time spent outdoors doesn't have to. With clever planning, homeowners can transform outdoor spaces into cosy corners or fireside entertaining quarters in time for winter.
The cooler weather doesn't have to mean months spent cooped up inside. Australians love spending time outdoors and with a well set up outdoor room, they can continue to entertain and spend time with family outside throughout autumn and winter.
To get the most out of an outdoor space, it should be designed to suit year-round weather conditions. This includes considering its structural elements.
Just as a home has walls, ceilings and a floor, an outdoor room should be protected from the elements.This means constructing walls and a roof to shield against the wind and rain in winter, and being mindful of shade sources for summer months. Of course, an outdoor fireplace is a great option for keeping everyone warm when the temperature drops.
An outdoor room should not only be functional, but inviting. When it comes to choosing building materials, a natural finish can create a calming effect and a neutral foundation for colourful decor and styling.
The use of stone to construct an outdoor space complements the natural environment and garden. Cultured Stone from Boral, which is engineered to look like traditional stone, offers an affordable and adaptable option for creating dramatic visual appeal, making it ideal for walls, pillars, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and integrated barbecues.
Cultured Stone is well suited to composite architectural designs and complements brick, timber and glass. It is available in 10 distinct ranges and a wide variety of shapes, colours and textures, giving homeowners flexibility to incorporate their taste and personality into the design.
Cultured stone is largely maintenance free and in some applications, does not require painting, coating or sealing after installations. Boral Cultured Stone contains 54 per cent recycled content and is supplied with a limited 50-year warranty.