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Reasons to Consider Building an Outdoor Entertainment Area

outdoor living
What a dreamy place to eat during the summer (image via Pinterest)

As soon as the sun starts to shine I know we will be flocking to the local hardware store to create an improve our outdoor area. For a small investment families can create a great outdoor space where the whole family can relax and have fun together.

It’s a good idea to explore the multitude of outdoor entertainment area designs available before you build. With a bit of homework you are sure to find something to suit your tastes and your budget. Talk to builders, landscapers and even your local hardware staff about design ideas. Ask lots of questions. The sky is the limit in what you can incorporate into an outdoor area, from a swimming pool if you live in hotter climates such as Australia/South Africa  or water feature, to gazebos, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces or fire pits, landscaping, decking and outdoor lounge areas. You can turn your outdoors into your own personal oasis with a bit of planning.

outdoor oasis
A small but perfectly formed oasis (image via Pinterest)

There are lots of options available in outdoor furnishings. You can even set up an outdoor kitchen with a great barbecue and a nice outdoors dining suite. Check out sites like BBQ's Galore and see just how much is on offer.

Building an outdoor area can be a really worthwhile investment for homeowners. Here are just 5 reasons why building an outdoor area makes a lot of sense:

Increase the Value of Your Home

Building an outdoor area will increase the value of your home. Home buyers are looking to purchase properties with established lawns and gardens and a nice outdoor living space. Not only will your investment be returned when you sell your home, it will make your property much more desirable in a competitive market. An outdoor entertainment area offers an excellent return on investment. I know the our garden was a part of what attracted us to buying the property as it has a lovely space to eat as well as play.

outdoor chic
This charming outdoor nook would add value to any home. (image via Pinterest)

Add to your Quality of Life

Building an outdoor area will enhance your quality of life. Being able to spend time outdoors relaxing with family and friends is a great way to unwind and de-stress. Eating outdoors is also an enjoyable activity for many.

Save on Leisure Activities

If you and the kids enjoy being entertained at home, you are less likely to go out to find something to do. You will save money in petrol and other expenses by having a nice outdoor area where you can have fun and hang out.

Enjoy Entertaining

Having an outdoor entertainment area will encourage you to have friends over and enjoy time together outside. It’s so much easier to invite friends over for a friendly barbeque than a sit down dinner inside.

summer food
There is nothing better than eating outdoors - like this summer fest we had last year

The Great Outdoors

Being out of doors is relaxing and very beneficial to health and well-being. Many people are cooped up inside offices all week long, so to be able to spend time outdoors on the weekend is a real bonus. Spending time in natural settings is proven to reduce stress, enhance mood and increase mental clarity. It’s great therapy.

Building an outdoor entertainment makes great sense: increases the amount of your living space, provides a nice outdoor entertaining area, and also adds value to your home.

enjoying the outdoors
There is nothing better than being outdoors

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