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How to get your outdoor area ready for summer living

As the weather is warming up across Australia, the countdown to blissful summer sunshine days has begun. Now is the time to act, to get your great outdoor living space ready in time for summer

From outdoor BBQs, dining and entertaining, watching the kids play outdoors, to enjoying your garden, pool and outdoor areas in all their glory, the summer months bring the promise of the ultimate in outdoor living. 

 Is your outdoor area ready for the summer living that you want and deserve? If the answer is no, don’t stress — we’ve got you covered, with this guide to summer living preparation. 

Here’s what you can do now to get your outdoor living areas ready in time for summer.

1. Get your Patio, Verandah, or Pergola sorted

The best way to give yourself some structure this summer (in a fun way) is to, well, build a structure. Specifically, the outdoor living structure of your dreams. 

If you haven’t already got a patio, verandah or pergola, or an existing area is in need of replacement, you’ll be surprised at what a huge difference a beautifully designed outdoor living structure can make for your enjoyment of your spaces.

Here are some of the ways Patios, Verandahs and Pergolas will enhance the way you enjoy spending time at home during our Australian summer:  

They extend your living space

Patios, verandahs and pergolas are perfect for summer living as they extend your living space while helping you to bring your outdoor areas and indoor areas together — for maximum enjoyment of sunshine days and beautiful breezes.  Patios, Verandahs and Pergolas give you so much extra space to enjoy a good book with a cup of coffee or tea, chat with friends or family, enjoy a meal, watch the kids play, or just sit and soak it all in.

Protection from the elements

For many of us, in the summer, we just want to be outside, enjoying the feel-good sunshine days. Outdoor living structures allow you to do just that, without having to slap on half your weight in sunscreen. Verandahs and patios offer you protection from the sun, rain and other weather conditions, so you can enjoy the outdoors any time of year — including the hottest days of summer.

Top tip: For extra protection from the elements, did you know that you can choose outdoor blinds that are either manual, remote activated? You can roll these down for extra protection on rainy or extra-sunny days, and roll them up when you’d like to enjoy more of that sweet sunshine! Learn more about them here.

Stunning aesthetics

Well-designed, quality patios, verandahs and pergolas can increase the value and aesthetic of a home by a fair bit. With flexibility in design, a good outdoor living specialist can help you design an outdoor living structure that is going to improve your aesthetic dramatically.

An entertainer’s dream

A highlight of summer living is entertainment. A quality patio, verandah or pergola can provide an enjoyable space to entertain guests — whether it’s for a brunch, a cup of coffee, a dinner, games night, or a BBQ. There’s just something special about outdoor dining areas that make us feel like we’re on a holiday within our own home. Plus, any focus taken away from the need to have a perfectly tidy house inside when entertaining is a clear win.

They connect your outdoor and indoor spaces

Patios, verandahs and pergolas can connect your spaces and allow you to make the best use of your areas. From watching the kids play in the backyard to enjoying your garden to relaxing by the pool in the shade of a stunningly designed outdoor structure, you’ll be amazed at how much an outdoor living structure can connect your outdoor and indoor spaces, and allow you to enjoy more of your property.

How to get your outdoor living structure ready for summer

If you don’t already have a patio, pergola or verandah, or if you have one but needto add an extra outdoor living space, or if have an outdoor living structure that is in sore need of a revamp, you might feel like it’s a huge job. With summer just around the corner it may seem like an unachievable goal to have your new structure ready in time for summer. But we’re the bearer of excellent news. At Discounted Patios, we make it easy and stress-free to maximise your outdoor living.

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Here’s how we can help you fast-track your outdoor living makeover

2. Style your outdoor living areas

Whether you’re hosting barbecues, enjoying quiet evening reads, or basking in the sun, a well-styled outdoor space can dramatically improve your summer living experience. Here are some tips for styling your outdoor living areas.

  • Invest in good-quality, great-looking outdoor tables and dining settings.
  • Adding stylish vases, table centrepieces and other decor items can make a huge difference.
  • Ensure your seating is comfortable, and looks good. The right colour seat fabric and cushions can make a big difference. 
  • Quality over quantity is a good thing to remember — too much ‘stuff’ can look messy.
  • Replace anything that is looking a little shabby.
  • Rearrange your outdoor furniture layout if needed — think maximised space and enjoyment.
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3. Add greenery

Outdoor living spaces can be absolutely transformed with greenery. Adding plants to your outdoor living area can turn it into a relaxing retreat that lifts the spirits and makes you feel connected to nature.

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Here are some tips for adding greenery to your outdoor living structures.

  • Climbing vines look great on patios and pergolas.
  • Pot plants can add a lovely amount of greenery.
  • Vertical gardens and ‘living walls’ can save on floor space while adding a lush backdrop.
  • Hanging plants help utilise your overhead space while adding a ‘dripping with green’ effect.
  • Succulents and small potted plants make for excellent centrepieces on your dining table and coffee table in outdoor areas.

4. Upgrade your privacy and protection

Does your outdoor living area give you the privacy you want? Does it protect you from the elements as much as you’d like it to? If either of these answers are no, you’ll want to make some upgrades before summer living rolls around. The great news is that you can easily achieve both of these things with outdoor blinds and screens.

Outdoor blinds

Investing in quality outdoor blinds that are designed to withstand the harsh Australian weather conditions and strong UV can add lasting privacy and protection to your outdoor area. At Discounted Patios, we offer a range of high quality outdoor blinds that can be either remote or switch activated, or manual. You can roll them up when you’d like to soak in the sunshine, or roll them down when you’d like privacy or added protection.


Adding screens to your verandah, patio or pergola can add a stylish feature to your outdoor living area, and help with privacy and added shade.  We have a range of decorative screens and privacy screens to choose from, using the highest quality aluminium. Check them out today and get them added in time for summer to enjoy your spaces to their fullest — without prying eyes.

5. Upgrade your entertainment features

Have you talked about an outdoor entertainment feature only to forget all about it when the summer months are over? Whatever it is that you’ve had your heart set on, take the time to source and purchase this noe — so you can enjoy your outdoor living to the max when summer rolls around.For example, maybe you’ve always wanted:

  • Specialty cooking item —like a pizza oven, pressure cooker, or meat smoker?
  • Something to impress your guests like a herb garden that features in your meals?
  • Something that amps up your relaxation — like a daybed, lush relaxation chair, sofa, or a hammock? 
  • Something extra fun — like an outdoor movie projector, or cool outdoor lighting?


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6. Book in a deep clean

When summer comes, you’re sure to be enjoying your summer living spaces much more regularly… which means you’ll want to make sure they’re nice and clean so they feel fresh and new. 

Whether it’s a few weekends spent cleaning your outdoor spaces now (bonus if you do it before it gets too hot), or booking in for a professional cleaner to do it for you, you’ll thank yourself later if you get it looking sparkly fresh now.

7. Don’t forget your car, boat or caravan

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When you’re getting your outdoor area ready for summer living, don’t forget the need to protect your car, boat or caravan from those harsh summer UV rays. 

If you’re like most of us, you’ll find you’re out and about, out on the water, or travelling around more often in the summer. You’ll want to ensure that your assets are protected from the elements, and pleasant to get into on a hot summer’s day. 

Winter and spring is the best time to commence building your carport. You won’t need to rush and you’ll have your project finished and ready for the summer holidays.

Check out our range of carports today and get yours sorted. We can even complete your building permit application for you to speed up the process.

Need help getting your outdoor spaces ready for summer?

If you need advice on what outdoor living solutions are best for your home, needs and lifestyle, or if you are keen to get your dream outdoor lifestyle underway and need help to get started, the team here at Discounted Patios are happy to help. 

We create fantastic outdoor living solutions for clients throughout the Greater Melbourne area and surrounding areas. Get in touch with our friendly team today.

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