If your backyard is less than inspiring for social occasions, don’t despair. There are so many affordable options to help turn a simple garden area into an exciting space you will love to share with family and friends. Whether you are dreaming of a space where you can relax, cook, play or dine, check out these ways to turn your backyard into an exciting new hangout.


Build a Deck

A deck is the perfect way to bring together an indoor and outdoor space. It can be easily matched to the style of your home, adding extra value as well. Adding a deck gives your home an open plan space, or you can have it designed in almost any shape. Choosing to deal with someone such as Brisbane-based deck builders, Additions Building, means you can select a deck for upper or lower levels as well.

Add a Spa

For the ultimate statement in home entertainment areas, you can’t beat a nice roomy spa. Available in a range of shapes and sizes, an outdoor spa adds a little luxury to any home. To really complement the space, consider adding a gazebo around the spa for socialising in all weather. Relax with a cold drink on a hot day, or recline into a warm spa and let the jets work their magic.

Create a Functional Seating Area

When you’re hosting a get-together, there needs to be plenty of room for guests to sit comfortably. Any homeowner that plans to entertain in the backyard needs to have functional seating. Expect your guests to mingle and spread out a little; no one likes to sit with their elbows tucked in for hours. For them to be relaxed, it’s best to have more seats than guests. Consider adding timber bench seating or go for an island-style sofa with flowing curtains.

If your budget and space allow for it, think about creating two separate seating zones, one for dining and one for relaxing. Add a couple of tealight candles and you can have an intimate space for entertaining parties of any size.


Add Creative Lighting

Stringing up a few rows of lights adds an extra something special to any home. During the warmer months, when bugs can be a problem, opt for bamboo torches with citronella oil for lighting. The citronella can help keep pesky mosquitos away, allowing your guests to eat in peace. Bamboo torches also bring a hint of ‘island getaway’ to your backyard.

Install a fire pit

If you live in an area that is prone to cool nights, a fire pit makes for a cosy entertaining space. There is something incredibly welcoming about a real fire, particularly when it is part of a stylish design. The beauty of a fire pit is they can be as complex or as simple as you like, from a small metal bowl through to intricate designs in almost any shape. Your new fire pit is also perfect for roasting marshmallows with the kids.

From a casual outdoor reclining area to a lavish spa, there are plenty of great ideas to create a backyard space for entertaining. Whether you focus on one aspect, such as the decking, or choose to makeover the whole area, your friends will love to check out your new backyard!