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  • How to enhance your small outdoor area

    How to enhance your small outdoor area

    Did you know that you can enhance your lifestyle and the value of your home by creating an inviting outdoor space?

    With the rise in urban living, more and more of us are finding ourselves with very little outdoor space in our homes.  But with clever design, even the smallest courtyard, balcony or rooftop can become an outdoor sanctuary - somewhere to connect with nature and unwind.

    When creating an outdoor area with limited space the first thing to ask is: what will it be used for? Will it be a place to relax, entertain or somewhere for the kids to play?

    Before you start, clear the space of any unnecessary clutter - in a small area less is also more.  Next, follow these simple space saving tips to create an area that is both beautiful and functional.

    Smart seating

    Your outdoor space should be somewhere you can just 'be' - therefore seating is important.  Multi-functional pieces are key in small spaces so consider storage boxes that double as benches or stools that can also be used as tables.  You can also use bench seating built around the perimeter of the area or a hammock to free up valuable floor space.

    Lastly remember to furnish according to your needs - if it's just you and your other-half most of the time, a table for two is all you need.

    Living colour

    Plants are the masters of multi-function - providing colour, scent, privacy, focus and a connection to nature in a small outdoor space.

    Vertical gardens are great space savers and help dress up bare walls.  A climbing plant attached to a trellis placed against a wall will do the same trick.  Another way to go vertical is by creating a simple tiered planter using a small stepladder to hold various potted plants.

    Plants in pots are perfect in small spaces.  Go for a cluster of tall pots with small footprints or hanging pots containing herbs to create a beautiful focal point.

    When choosing plants always consider the conditions in your space - wind and sun can make or break a garden.

    Simple screening

    High density living can often compromise our personal space.  A simple screen can provide privacy and shade, mask unsightly views and create a sense of intimacy in your outdoor space.

    If your space and budget permits, timber slats are a great option but for a more cost effective solution try timber lattice - attach climbing plants or hanging pots to maximise privacy and add colour and texture to your garden.

    Another great way to create a screen is with potted plants.  A row of well-placed yuccas or bamboo will look beautiful and can provide all the privacy you need.

     

     

     

     

     

    About the author

    • Raymond

      Raymond A Ram is the RAMbassador for RAMS Financial Group. Raymond works with the RAMS team to bring simple, helpful and expert information on home loans and savings accounts to life with his down to earth and cheeky personality. He enjoys seeing everyday Australians turn their dreams of saving for a goal or getting into a home a reality. 

      Growing up in Goulburn, NSW, Raymond was brought up with good old-fashioned Aussie values of hard work and a fair go. It soon became apparent that Raymond wasn't content for the conventional path of grazing, producing the very best wool, and finding a nice sheep to settle down with. So it wasn't long before his passion for performing and his talent as a likeable larrikin shone through - landing him a few roles such as 'RAMlet'. He was even tipped to play RAM-bo at one point but chose to become star of the small screen instead as RAMbassador for RAMS. He now finds this role so much more rewarding.

      Contact your local RAMS Home Loan Centre about your home loan options.

      Raymond A Ram
     

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    The information here is of a general nature only and is not intended to constitute financial or tax advice. You should consult your professional adviser, accountant or taxation expert for advice specific to your personal circumstances.