May 5, 2016

When creating your outdoor living space it is important to consider your lifestyle and the purpose of the space. Getting it right when you’re building a new home is key to helping your home flow, and to making the most of your home and your site. Stockland have put the outdoor rivals head to head in their ‘Outdoor living Guide’ to make sure you are making the right choice for you and your family. Check what they found out below.

Pergola vs Gazebo

Pergola – For a more aesthetic addition to the garden, a pergola is your preferred choice. It provides filtered shade through a lattice like roof and can be used to support vines and flowering shrubs. Pergolas can be attached to the home as a patio cover, but they don’t provide full shelter from rain or harsh weather conditions due to the roof structure.

Gazebo – This is a freestanding outdoor structure that is traditionally an octagon shape. This is a good option for an outdoor room and can be a great place to entertain and relax. It requires a large backyard, so working out the right fit is important.

Deck vs Patio

Deck – This is generally made from timber and can be attached or separate from the house structure. They can be level to the ground, built up with stairs or have split levels. Decks are perfect if you want to separate your indoor and outdoor spaces.

Patio – Most are built from a concrete slab and are a simple addition to the outside of the home. Other materials include brick, pavers and stone, This is a great way to continue the inside of your home outside.

Outdoor Kitchen vs Bar

Outdoor Kitchen – The perfect option for big families or those who like to entertain. Most include a barbecue, preparation area and a sink. Depending on your budget they can also include luxuries like attached dining areas, space for a fridge and heaters. Prefabricated outdoor kitchens are a simple way to include an outdoor kitchen without the arduous task of building it yourself.

Outdoor Bar – Another great option for entertaining as it’s a great spot to unwind at the end of the day, but isn’t the first choice for families with children. Consider including a sink, ice well, racks for bottles, a fridge and a freezer.

Whatever structure you decide to build don’t forget to also consider environmental factors like sun/shade exposure, traffic flow, layout, styling, plants, materials and heating/cooling options.

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